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Manuel Shimansky
Manuel Shimansky, aka Chubby Clark, 90, of New Britain, died Saturday, October 22, 2016. He was born in New Britain and the son of Nathan and Rebecca Shimansky. Manny was the ultimate entertainer for the community. He began his career in the early 40s, with the Pappy Howard Barnyard Band in Cleveland, OH. He went on to enjoy a 5-year stint at the Bagdahd Supper Club in Farmington with a group that bloomed as the Sultans. Chubby began cracking jokes and carrying up shirts and brought out the crying towel in the form of a handkerchief, a la one of the great favorites, Louis Armstrong. He later formed the Chubby Clark Orchestra. Chubby played over 4,000 Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, and divorce parties. He leaves his longtime love, Elizabeth Marino, nieces and nephews Michael Shimansky, wife Linda Kellam of Bridgeport, Sharon Shimansky Kraft and husband David of Plantsville, Donald Drapel of Ocala, FL, Sandra Mancino of Coldwater, MI, and Linda and Jeff Rothberg of Del Ray Beach, FL. He also leaves his many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his older brother George Shimansky, 10/27/04, older sisters, Silvia Shimansky Drapel, 8/6/09, and Jeannette Shimansky Cohen, 5/30/03. Funeral Services will be held graveside on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10am in the Beth Alom Cemetery, 48 Allen St., New Britain with Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary in Hartford. A Memorial Period will be observed at the home of Sharon Shimansky Kraft, 18 Carter Heights, Plantsville, CT 06479 from 6-8pm on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donors choice.

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