His business card read simply: Manny Shucard - Your Friend. That simple, sincere greeting summed up a life of kindness and generosity to all who knew him. Born and raised in Paterson, N.J. he later moved to neighboring Fair Lawn. Most recently, he moved to Bellingham, Washington to be near his son Jeffrey.
Milton (Manny) was born in Paterson N.J. on November 23, 1922. From an early age he excelled at mechanical innovation; his high school year book listing “inventor” as his ambition. While working in the field of experimental aircraft development, he was able to utilize his gifts for inventiveness. His work on the Navajo Missile project at White Sands, New Mexico earned him a private luncheon with John Paul Getty and an invitation to work as Project Engineer for the Israeli Government, heading an aircraft engine overhaul facility. For his efforts in that capacity he received a commendation from the chief of staff of the Israeli Air Force.
After retiring from engineering, Manny devoted himself to classic auto restoration, winning several first place trophies for excellence. He spent many happy years at this rewarding hobby, making new friends where ever he went. His 1959 Jaguar XK- 150s Roadster was featured in a James Bond film.
At the age of ninety-three, Manny became the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor which he accepted on behalf of himself and his fellow squadron members for his three years of service as a reconnaissance pilot in the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. This was a great honor and his proudest moment in a lifetime of achievement. Click here for the full article.
He was married to Miriam (ne. Ezorsky) for sixty-five years. Miriam passed away two years ago. They were long -time residents of Fair Lawn, N.J. He is survived by his son Jeffrey of Nanaimo, B.C., daughter Bette of Ramsey, N.J and five grandchildren.