Delivering the 3rd Eulogy at the state funeral for Mr. Manning in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity this morning, Gonsalves spoke of the bond shared between him and Mr Manning, which began in the 1960s during their days at University of the West Indies Mona Jamaica Campus.
Gonsalves recalled that Mr. Manning had a great and mischievous sense of humour, sharing of a lighthearted bet which should have delivered a Trinidad oilfield to him, the eventual winner.
When Mr. Manning called and announced Gonsalves as the winner of the bet and Gonsalves enquired about his oilfield however, Mr. Manning burst into laughter and let him know that the contract was unfortunately unenforceable.
Gonsalves also noted that Mr Manning was a forgiving man, so although many people eventually turned away askance from him, even after they benefitted from his work and goodness, Mr Manning had already forgiven them all and left them to God.
Finally, Gonsalves remembered Mr. Manning as a man of honour, in a time when politics causes people to turn their backs on what is right and upstanding.