Mayor pays tribute on passing of Bunbury icon

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Snookie Manea with her husband, the late Dr Ernie Manea.
Camera IconSnookie Manea with her husband, the late Dr Ernie Manea. Credit: Snookie Manea with her husband, the late Dr Ernie Manea. Picture: Jon Gellweiler, Jon Gellweiler

One of Bunbury’s most inspirational women, Beulah ‘Snookie’ Manea, has died at the age of 87.

Considered somewhat of a power couple, Mrs Manea was the widow of endeared doctor and former Bunbury Mayor, Dr Ern Manea.

But Mrs Manea was just as well-known as her late husband and was a significant figure in the Bunbury community, including being president of the Bunbury Timber Jetty Environment and Conservation Society.

The contribution of the husband and wife team was acknowledged in the naming of Manea Senior College in 2008.

Both were made freemen of the City of Bunbury and awarded Order of Australia medals.

Picture: Jon Gellweiler
Camera IconPicture: Jon Gellweiler Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Mayor Gary Brennan paid tribute to Mrs Manea.

“On behalf of the City of Bunbury community I extend our sincere condolences to the Manea family on the passing of a truly gracious lady,” Mr Brennan said.

”Snookie's wisdom, charm, elegance and quiet determination impacted positively on all who knew her.

”Her contribution to our community, especially in the arts, cultural and heritage areas of interest, was significant.”

Mrs Manea is survived by sons Mark and Denis, Sydney Jackson and five grandchildren.

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