HAMILTON, NJ --  One of Hamilton Township's stalwart public servants -- Senator Francis "Franny" McManimon -- has passed away at the age of 93. Born in Trenton, McManimon was a life-long Hamilton resident before retiring to Long Beach Island.  

Known as a kind man often seen enjoying a good cigar, McManimon served in the New Jersey State Legislature for two decades -- as state assemblyman from 1972 to 1982 and as state senator representing the 14th District from 1982 to 1992. He served in the Navy during World War II.  

In December, a more than 8.5 mile stretch of the westbound side of Route 195 has been named after McManimon.

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A sponsor of the law naming the highway, Assemblyman Dan Benson, remembered McManimon in a post on Facebook saying "While our hearts are heavy today mourning the passing of state Senator Francis "Franny" McManimon, they are also filled with gratitude. Not only for the time he spent serving as a state senator, but for the more than 50 years he spent in dedicated service to our state."

"Franny was always a personal political hero of mine. When I was a kid, there were only two or three politicians who knocked on my door and Franny was one of them. He inspired me to commit to a life of service myself and I will always be grateful for having known him. My heart goes out to the entire McManimon family at this time. May his memory be a blessing," wrote Benson.

He was active in various community organizations including the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, National Parks and Recreation Society, and American Legion Post 313. He also served as a member of the State Juvenile Delinquency Commission, was chairman of the State Board of Recreation Examiners, and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation in the Township of Hamilton.

According to the Buklad-Merlino Memorial Home, a celebration of McManimon's life will be celebrated at a later day because of the current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Francis’ memory to Gabrielle’s Angels, an organization that works tirelessly to fund research in Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia and blood cancers, an area very close to his and his wife Doris’ heart. 

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