We gather today to remember our friend, Judge John Manos. This past week, His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh asked me to convey his condolences to the family and friends of Judge Manos.
Robert Ducatman, an attorney from Jones Day in Cleveland said, *#8220;He demonstrated the most remarkable pursuit of excellence by a jurist that I have ever seen. He was simply the quintessential jurist. He is what every judge should aspire to be.*#8221;
His legacy includes love of work,
family and friends
An overview of life of John Manos would include the facts that John Manos loved his work, his family and his friends. Having met John over 40 years ago, I now reflect. My wife and I admired John instantly; it remained that way through the years. I looked upon John as an older brother, one who was always there when needed.
We met together frequently *#8211; conversations with John were always interesting and stimulating.
I admired John because of his love for his work. It was always enjoyable to hear John recall his experiences from the bench; they were described with enthusiasm, passion, and great drama.
I admired John because of his love for his family. When we met, we would discuss our families with the thoroughness of a liturgy *#8211; that is to say, we would first talk about his wife, Vi; and then his brother, Eli; then his four children, Donna, Christine, Michael and Keith.
I admired John because he loved and cared deeply for his friends. More than 20 years ago, he physically brought one of his friends to see me. Perhaps most of you know Pete Boyas. Mr. Boyas was advised to have spinal surgery, and was also told that the operation would cause paralysis. The judge took the interest and time to bring his worried friend for a third opinion.
I recall the judge attending my son*#8217;s swim meet. He had great admiration for my son*#8217;s swimming ability. He was especially proud that John swam for the National Team of Greece.
John came to my grandson*#8217;s school class and delivered a lecture regarding his work as a judge which the children would never forget. My grandson remarked the following day, *#8220;Wow. The judge threw three crooks in jail the very morning before his lecture to us.*#8221;*nbsp; Just a few months ago, along with his friend and companion, Gloria, John attended the baptism of my granddaughter, although he was in a wheelchair at the time.
During our many visits together, we discussed various ideas and concepts. These discussions included death and dying. He dismissed dying as a nuisance, and was not fearful of death. I once asked John what he thought it would take to achieve salvation, that is, to enter Heaven. Initially, he said it takes *#8220;works, not promises.*#8221; He assured me, that he had never said no to anyone who asked for help. I notice this to be so; he had incessant desire to help others.
During our visits together, we discussed theosis, Grace and works versus salvation.*nbsp; During our very last visit, his friend Gloria was with us.*nbsp; We were both happy to hear that John now agreed that the way to salvation was by Grace through faith, and he quickly added (with a big smile) *#8220;good works were also necessary.*#8221;
At a time like this, sorrow can be mollified by memories of a life well spent. Also, as Christians, we have the message of Christ, a message of love and hope for a renewed life after death.
Judge John Manos leaves a notable legacy. Indeed, the legacy of John Manos includes love of work, love of family, and love of friends. He was a great judge and a great person.*nbsp; He will be sorely missed.
Dr. Collis offered the above eulogy at Saints Constantine *amp; Helen Cathedral in Cleveland on August 20, forty days after Judge Manos*#8217; funeral.