Proud father of the Manning's: Jayme and his wife Robin, Jeremy and his wife Michelle and Amy. Everyone who knows him, knows how much his children mean to him. He told everyone about them and how amazing they are. He loved them all very much.
The only people he could be more proud of than his children, are his grandchildren as Papa to Nicholas, Jordan and Michael.
Jay and Vicky recently traveled for two months, visiting the Wade family, including his treasured sister Pamella, and her husband Greg. They enjoyed spending quality time with niece's and nephews Adam and YuYu, Ethan and Kristi, and great-nieces Winnie and Millie, all of whom hold a special piece of his heart. He said last week that he was so grateful for the time they got to spend together.
His older sister, Tahmara, preceded him to heaven along with a piece of his heart. His love for the Laursen family was strong, and he especially embraced the amazing example of love that Paul showed his sister. He treasured his niece's and nephew Rachel, Christopher and his wife Christina, and Rebecca. He enjoyed visiting them and seeing them as adults with their wonderful children.
Jay leaves behind an endless legacy of service to others. From earning the rank of Eagle Scout at age 11, to inventing life-saving medical equipment for the military, to most recently being the head blacksmith at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, giving to others is how he operated every day.
He was a former long-time board member of the Buffalo City Mission, and the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, where he also served as a trustee. He was a former board member at Buffalo Reuse, and enjoyed helping with preserving building materials from the past.
In his professional life he was the founder of HCH Products Inc. where as a self taught biomedical engineer he designed and manufactured equipment for hospitals and the military. Later in life, he was facilities manager at The Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, and a member of the National Association of Church Facilities Managers.
He valued education. Jay met Vicky in class at Hilbert College, where he was one of the first men admitted to the school. They became one of the first couples at the newly co-educational college, much to the chagrin of the nuns who were trying to recruit Vicky to their order. Sister Edmunette did eventually forgive him. Jay completed his Bachelor's of Business through Houghton College's PACE program after which, he earned his Executive MBA at the University at Buffalo, where he enjoyed the opportunity to commute with his daughter.
He often said that the best career move that he made was retiring so that every day could be focused on enjoying life with Vicky. His labor of love included homesteading in Buffalo, and renovating their home.
His favorite thing was learning with, and from, his children. Jayme teaching him how to use a treadle lathe re-invigorated a love of woodworking which he took with Amy to the BNHV Woodwrights. Learning blacksmithing with Jeremy, and trading techniques to make functional art and equipment sparked a new passion.
It was his boundless love for Vicky, and his entire family that makes our loss so devastating.
He would be so proud of his son Jeremy for his life saving efforts. We are all comforted in knowing that nothing more could have been done.
A service will be held at a later date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive details about the service when it is planned.
The family would like to thank the Buffalo Fire Department for their efforts, as well as the Greater Buffalo Firefighter's Pipes and Drums, for their help and support through this devastating loss.
Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, (716) 824-6435, 873 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, NY 14220. Please share your condolences at: www.ERIECOUNTYCREMATIONSERVICE.com