October 15, 1938 – May 4, 2022 (age 83)
Beacon, NY – Formerly of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY
Manuel Mendes, a former longtime Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY resident, entered into eternal rest on May 4, 2022 at Wingate at Beacon, Beacon, NY. He was 83 years old.
The son of the late Denis Mendes and Gravelina (Pacheco) Mendes, Manuel was born on October 15, 1938 in Carrapichana, Portugal.
Manuel was the Executive Chef at USMA West Point for many years.
Manuel honorably and proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960.
Dad was a very active member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, a Eucharistic Minister, an usher and a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was so proud to be a member of the Knights. It was truly an honor for him to carry the flag in the parades. Dad was the “Chef” of many fundraisers. Dad always cooked with love. He was also one of the organizers for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Dad was also a member of the American Legion Post 353. He retired from the United States Military Academy after 37 years. Dad rose through the ranks to become Executive Chef. After his retirement from the USMA, he worked as a project manager for PENTAD Inc. Dad was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was committed to his faith and put great emphasis on instilling his values in all his children and grandchildren.
A special thanks to the staff at Wingate in Beacon, especially Bernice, Theresa and Samantha for taking such good care of “Manny”.
A family statement reads: He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
Manuel was predeceased by his loving wife: Matilde Mendes in 2020. He is survived by his daughters: Joyce (Mendes) Halvorsen and her husband Joe of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY, Patricia (Mendes) Brand and her husband Tom of New Windsor, NY, Georgianna (Mendes) McGuire of Middle Hope, NY, and Victoria Mendes of Cornwall, NY; four grandchildren: Kristen Halvorsen (Dominic Marvin), Nichole Calamari (Steve), Tyler Swilpa, and Joshua Halvorsen; his great grandchild: Peyton Claire Calamari. In addition to his parents and wife, Manuel was predeceased by his son: Dennis Anthony Mendes in 1976 and a grandson Justin M. Swilpa in 2020.
Based on new CDC guidelines adopted by NYS, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks and be socially distanced in the funeral home.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15th at Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., 337 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Interment Military Honors will follow the Mass at St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall, NY.
Memorial Contributions in Manuel’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to http://www.Quigleybros.com