Manuel “Manny” D. Santos formerly of Lowell


Manuel D. Santos, 83, formerly of Lowell died Friday Feb. 2, 2018 at the Taylor County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Butler, GA after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Margaret “Ann” (Place) Santos who died Jan. 8, 2006.

Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of the late Manuel P. and Palmira Santos of Lowell. Manny grew up in Lowell and graduated Lowell High School with the Class of 1952. He earned his Associate Degree in Funeral Service from New England Institute in Boston with the Class of 1991.

Manny owned and operated Lowell Memorial Funeral Home in Lowell for many years. In his early years, Manny worked as a Sales Manager for Thom McAn Shoe Co. and later a manager at Wang Labs. Manny served as an apprentice Funeral Director with the Dolan Funeral Home from 1989 to 1991. He also previously worked at UPS in Chelmsford.

Manny was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard of the 26th Yankee Division Band and the Portugese Colonial Band. He was active in youth groups and was one of the first lay persons to be appointed by the late Richard Cardinal Cushing to be assistant director of the CYO for Lowell Deanery and received the “For God and Youth” award for his dedicated service to youth. He was also a member and past Grand Knight of the Lowell Council of the Knights of Columbus #72, a member of the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks #2310

He was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church and St. Anthony’s Church in Lowell.

Manny is survived by his daughter and son in-law, Maryann and Keith Hughes of   Thomaston,  GA; his son Michael D. Santos of Tarpon Springs, FL;  Grandchildren, Tyler Hughes and his wife Olivia of Mesa, AZ, Austin Hughes of Cincinnati, OH, Conner Hughes of Raleigh, NC,  Chance Hughes of Thomaston, GA and Margaret Ann Hughes Morgantown, WV.

Visiting hours Thursday 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Friday at 9:00 a.m. from the Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex Street, Chelmsford with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church Lowell, MA. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. Memorials may be made in his name to Alzheimer’s   Assn. P.O. Box 96011  Washington, DC 20090.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at



February 8, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Dolan Funeral Home


February 9, 2018
10:00 AM Mass
St. Anthony Church, Lowell
  1. Alan H. Edwards says:

    Sad to hear the passing of my friend Manny, I was unaware that he died. We were good friends but didn’t keep in touch at the end. I did go up to Lowell to visit and help we he owned the funeral Home. I stayed at his home with him and his wife Ann. So sad he will be missed by many especially by me he was like my brother. God bless you Manuel Santos.

  2. Bill Doney says:

    Dear Mike and Mary Ann,

    I just learned of your dads passing. I remember when we we’re younger going to the rink with you and always playing and hanging around at your house.. your Dad and Mom always treated me like part of the family.. so sorry for your loss! I will always keep them in my thoughts and prayers..Bill Doney

  3. Stan & Barbara Johnson says:

    Manny was just a down to earth person who would do anything to help those in need. Our memories go all the way back to Tom Mcan on Plain St in Lowell! RIP our friend.

  4. Diane Townsend says:

    To Maryann and Michael, so sorry for you loss. Your dad and mom were the best, we always enjoyed talking with them. They help so many people and kids during their CYO and Chi Rho days. We would always talk at St. Rita’s breakfast after the 8am mass. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
    Bill and Diane Townsend

  5. Joanne Foley DiLella says:

    Dear Mike and Mary Ann,

    I was sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Aunt Sheila let us know the other day. May God bless you and grant you His peace at this time.

  6. Carol Ann Hayton says:

    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Manny. I first met him and Ann when they were the adult chaperones at St. Rita’s CYO back in the 60’s. They were wonderful to us teenagers; caring and so much fun. I have fond memories and will never forget them.

    Sending you, Maryann and Michael, my deepest condolences. May your memories bring you comfort and peace.

  7. Brian MacDonald says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. John Leite says:

    I’ve know Manny since early childhood. A great friend who alway had your back. We had loads of fun in the Portuguese Colonial Band of Lowell for way too many years. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

  10. George and Mary Pesaturo says:

    Manny just a down to earth nice guy who would drop anything he was doing to help out a friend or stranger in need.
    We met Manny with Jeanne and Frank Zarba in Itsly and spent valuable time with him on visits to all the various villages in Italy.
    Manny Rest In Peace you deserve the very best in Heaven as their new Angel.

  11. Rhonda , George Menegus says:

    Manny may you rest in peace. You will be missed for your kindness and your smiles and great sense of will always be remembered may God bless you

  12. Jeane and Frank Zarba says:

    May he rest in peace. We remember our many, many wonderful times together here at home and on our trips to Italy.. Manny will always be remembered for his sense of humor and willingness to lend a hand.. Love you and may God bless you always..

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