Manuel ”Manny” Stimpson
Hundreds of people showed up from all over Bay Area recently to pay tribute to longshoreman Manuel ”Manny” Stimpson at True Hope Church of God in Christ in the Bay View district of San Francisco.
Stimpson was a well-known member of IWU Local 10 in San Francisco, working on the waterfront for 48 years. He was called “Manny” or “Seven Day Roller” on the job, due to his penchant of working all the time.
He died on the job, May 17, when the truck he was driving plunged in the water.
He was working as a clerk helping to place cargo containers at various spots on the docks. According to authorities, he accidentally drove a work truck into the water at the Port of Oakland’s Trapac Berth 30 at 1:36 p.m.
Port divers pulled Stimson’s body from the truck an hour later. Work at the port was suspended for 24 hours after the accident, in honor of his memory.
Born in Plano, Texas, Stimpson was raised in San Francisco, attending and graduating from Polytechnic High School in 1952, where he was a city champion in track and field.
In 1965, he started his career as a longshoreman, where he was known as a hard worker and one of the people who would greet everyone in the morning at the longshoreman union hall.
“Manny was a point blank and a straight shooter on everything,” said Dwight Simmons, a longshoreman from Local 10. “He was very talkative and a really nice person who never complained about anything.”
Stimpson was an avid sports fan who enjoyed baseball, football, car racing and motorcycles. He could be seen early in the morning talking about events in the hall to some of the older workers and to the newer ones who often developed a bond with him because of his welcoming nature.
“He’s a very loved man, he’s like a father to all of us,” said Frank Gaskin, a Local 10 business agent.
“Manny was good at greeting you in the morning and letting you know that you were going to get a job and where to go,” added Kevin Reed, another Local 10 longshoreman.
Stimpson is survived by his wife of 32 years, Valerie Stimpson, two daughters Mattie Lee and Tracy, a son William and seven grandchildren.