Obituary: Frederick John Mancheski
Frederick John Mancheski, at age 92, of Branford, CT, died on August 1, 2018 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Fred was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on July 21, 1926 and was the son of the late John and Luella (Zwaska) Mancheski.
Fred graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School and the University of Wisconsin – Madison as a mechanical engineer.
Upon graduation, Fred went to work in Canton, Ohio with Timken Roller Bearing Co. He later joined McKinsey & Co. Consulting in Chicago and New York. In 1963, Fred was hired at Echlin Manufacturing Company in New Haven, CT., a manufacturer of automotive parts. In one year, he became President, and in 1967 Fred was promoted to Chairman and CEO. Echlin flourished under Fred’s management, became Echlin Inc. and built a world headquarters on Long Island Sound in Branford, CT. Echlin purchased companies around the world and was in Fortune 500.
Fred’s accolades include Automotive Man of the Year, Deputy Chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit, Hall of Fame at Quinnipiac University. Upon his retirement from Echlin Inc. in 1997, Fred was appointed Chairman Emeritus.
Fred served on numerous boards around the country and devoted time to charitable organizations, including The Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the World Presidents Organization (WPO); The Hospital of St. Raphael’s Foundation, Albertus Magnus College, University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University, Armstrong Rubber, Marlin Firearms, Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Co., Ulbrich Steel, New Haven Chamber of Commerce and New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
After his retirement, he directed his energies to Connecticut Hospice and enabled the Echlin headquarters to become the home of Connecticut Hospice, with Fred as Chairman. Under his chairmanship, the CT Hospice became nationally and internationally renowned. In 2010 Fred retired from The Connecticut Hospice and became Chairman Emeritus.
Fred’s wife of 40 years is Judith “Didi” (Knox) Mancheski. He is the father of Mary Lou Mancheski, Laura Mancheski, Marcia Heffering (Richard), Bruce G. Mancheski (Patti), Amy F. Mancheski-Franco (Philip), Michele Evans (John).
Fred has nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is survived by two sisters, Ruth Komasa (Donald), and Mary Tech (Lawrence).
He is preceded in death by Dorothy Valatka, Robert Mancheski (Dolly), Stanley “Skip” Mancheski (Diane), and two infant brothers John and Thomas.
Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.Fred’s quote on Hospice Care: “We are all angels, but we have one wing, so we need each other to fly.”
The North Haven Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven has been entrusted with arrangements. www.northhavenfuneral.com
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