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Younger son of Patrick Mannning makes a heart wrenching statement during this morning’s state funeral for his father.

Younger son of Patrick Mannning makes a heart wrenching statement during this morning’s state funeral for his father.

Brian Manning at the State Funeral of The Hon. Patrick A. M. Manning

Brian Manning at the State Funeral of The Hon. Patrick A. M. Manning

“David and I have lost our hero and our best friend”.

Brian Manning, younger son of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, made the heart wrenching statement near the end of his remarks during this morning’s state funeral for his father, at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity.

Mrs Hazel Manning and sons arrive  at the State Funeral of The Hon. Patrick A. M. Manning

Mrs Hazel Manning and sons arrive at the State Funeral of The Hon. Patrick A. M. Manning

While he spoke, Brian shared what it was like growing up with Mr Manning.

He first revealed that he had always wanted to be just like his father.

Mrs Hazel Manning at the State Funeral of The Hon. Patrick A. M. Manning

Mrs Hazel Manning at the State Funeral of The Hon. Patrick A. M. Manning

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He went on to speak about how wise his father was, particularly when it came to money and material wealth.

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Brian spoke highly of his father’s character as well.

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He also spoke of Mr. Manning’s ability to shake off criticism and to ignore it, in his work.

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