- Dr. Robert Edward Manganello, age 64, died peacefully on November 4, 2017, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine. Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August of 2017, and completed his journey with the bravery, dignity, love, and grace that characterized his life. He spent his final months and hours in the company of his beloved husband Richard Robinson, his children, and many of his close friends.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 22, 1953, Dad was the son of Samuel Santo Manganello and Jean Hagen Manganello. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, earned a master's degree in special education from Loyola University Maryland, and a doctorate in education from Boston University. After teaching as a professor at the University of New England, he put to use his skills and passion for helping others during his 20-year career in the disability insurance industry, specifically within vocational rehabilitation. The entirety of his disability insurance career was with Unum, where he continued working as long as he could after his diagnosis.
Dad is survived by his husband Rich, whom he met on November 13, 1993. Dad was a "bon vivant" and a true gentleman, and his first date with Rich included brunch at the Harraseeket Inn and then a chilly but sun-splashed hike around Mackworth Island. Their first picture together was taken there and remains a monument to their enduring love of 25 years. With support from the good people of Maine, and later a constitutional ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, Dad and Rich were married on July 6, 2013, at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine, with over a hundred family and friends in attendance. The youngest son, John, officiated the ceremony.
Also surviving Dad are, if we do say so ourselves, his three truly handsome and accomplished sons and their beautiful and equally accomplished wives: Zachary Manganello and Willow Stein of Charlotte, Vermont; Peter Manganello and Megan Dobyns of Lafayette, Louisiana; and John and Lauren Manganello of Freeport, Maine. Dad's progeny includes a delightfully fun brood of five cherished grandchildren: Otis, Nora, Vera, Eliza, and Seth. In addition, Dad is survived by his sister, Natalie Zagami and by nephew, Brian Zagami.
Dad found joy in imaginative cuisine and a Vodka (with a half lime squeeze), and particularly the company of dear friends and family. He was a talented "experimenter in the kitchen" and maintained a gorgeous home. Dad was gifted in the social graces: he was an eloquent speaker, was always prepared with a meaningful toast, and was a prolific writer and conversationalist. He would proudly design and preside regally over fabulous cocktail and dinner parties at which he would make everyone feel like The Guest of Honor. And he unfailingly acknowledged gifts and invitations with thoughtful handwritten notes.
Dad also brought his impeccable style overseas, outdoors, and to his leisure time. He adored travel, especially to warm locales. A "hike" with Dad would include wearing penny loafers and a button-down shirt. A "picnic" with Dad meant a carefully prepared luncheon in a wicker basket with a chilled bottle of Chardonnay. And he was an engaged citizen, always following the local and national news. He loved listening to music and reading good books, particularly about history or British royalty.
Dad had a profound, unwavering love for his family and the courage to display it. As grateful recipients of that love, we, his sons and Rich, will continue with our families the traditions that Dad pioneered. We will continue walks at Mackworth Island, the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, and along the seacoastall outings that we loved but jokingly described as "forced marches." There will be reading on the beach, guffaws at parties, and love of the arts and culture. The family will carry on in the traditions of Dad with memories to cherish, his unapologetic pursuit of what made him happy, and an intense love of life.
Always a gracious host, Dad also loved a rip-roaring good time. Fittingly, a cocktail party celebrating Dad's life was held at the Woodlands Club on Saturday, November 11, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine, or to a worthy charity of your choice in memory of Robert Edward Manganello, our dear Dad.
Arrangements entrusted to Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland, ME. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 11, 2017