By Submitted Story on August 7, 2019
Ralph Peter “Pete” Mani, of Norfolk, VA, known as Pete by his coworkers at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard passed away on July 23, 2019.
Pete was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. From the age of ten he lived in Norfolk, Virginia, where he attended Norfolk public schools. In 1937 Ralph graduated from Maury High School where he served as business manager of The Maury Commodore. In 1941 he graduated from Virginia Tech (VPI) with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Mr. Mani was a member of The Engineers Club of Hampton Roads from 1943 to the present and was president of the organization in 1969. During his 35 year career in the Ship Design Division of Norfolk Naval Shipyard he received several Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards. He retired from the Shipyard in 1976. After his retirement from the Shipyard he and his wife spent many happy days with their friends in Frisco, North Carolina.
Pete was preceded in death by his loving and beautiful wife of 67 years, Gloria Poyner Mani. He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Mani Meshejian, her husband Wayne, and their daughter, Anna. Also, he is survived by his daughter, Dr. Bonnie Gail Mani; his nephews, Frank, Jack, Patrick, and Peter Mani and their families; and Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Mani and her daughter.
His family would like to thank the members of St. Pius X Catholic Church for their friendship and prayers over the years.