William A. Manning

Date of Passing:

October 24, 2017

Manning, William A., “Bill,” CPA, 89, formerly of Lamson Road, died peacefully at home on October 24, 2017 with his loving wife by his side. He was the husband of Nancy (Leet) Manning and the late Alice (Tetreault) Manning.

Born in Manchester, NH, Mr. Manning was a son of the late William and Julia (Dominick) Manning. He graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston in 1947. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

A Certified Public Accountant, he was employed by Ernst & Young in Providence for 41 years. He was a Life Member of the American Institute of CPA’s and RI Society of CPA’s. He was a past president of the RI Society of CPA’s, a former member of the board of directors and chairman of the Tax Committee for a number of years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four children; Karen Manning and her husband Daniel Uhlrich of Madison, WI; Laurie Manning of Oakland, CA; Stephen Manning of Riverside, RI; and Lucy Canavan and her husband John Canavan III of Marshfield, MA; four grandchildren; Katherine Uhlrich, Maxim Uhlrich, John Canavan IV and Theresa Canavan; nine step-children, 25 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great grandchildren.

He was the brother of Bernard Manning of Westborough, MA, Kathleen Rattet of Delray Beach, FL, Helen D’Amours of Cambridge, MD and the late Julia Manning, Donald Manning, David Manning and Ann Brown.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday October 28, 2017 in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Bill’s memory to St. Luke Church School Endowment Fund, 10 Waldron Avenue, Barrington, RI, 02806 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. My condolences to everyone, especially Nancy, Laurie, Stephen, Karen and Lucy. May the memories of your life together bring you peace. I hold you in the light at this time.

  2. To my dear friend Steve, Laurie, Karen & Lucy:
    There are no adequate words when we lose a parent. There are so many emotions. Hold onto the memories that mean the most and cherish the time you had together. My sympathy and deepest condolences to you all and also to Nancy.
    With Love,

  3. Nancy l was always impressed by the tenderness you and Bill showed towards one another. Even simply observing the two of you it was apparent that the two of you had an abiding love for one another. May your faith in God and the warmth of the love that you and Bill shared sustain you in this time of loss and sorrow.

  4. I was privileged to have worked with Bill at Ernst & Young. Bill was an astute professional at Ernst & Young who had the respect of the entire Providence office professional staff as well as regional and national tax professionals at Ernst & Young. He was a kind, respectful and brilliant man. My sincere condolences to his wife and entire family.

  5. Bill was such a kind and gentle man when my late husband Mike was so sick, and he was always so thoughtful and sweet these many years since whenever he saw me. May he rest in the eternal peace that he so richly deserves. Nancy, you helped him smile again, God bless you all and your great big blended family.

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