John Joseph McManamon was born in Cleveland, Ohio April 27, 1934. The third of four children, he grew up loving to draw at every opportunity.
Married at age twenty, he faced the challenge of supporting a wife and family of four. For a brief time he was able to take some art classes at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. For the most part, he was self-taught, and that in the most disciplined way. He kept a small studio in the corner of the basement rec room where he spent much time drawing cartoons. In addition to cartoons, he produced highly detailed pen and ink drawings. After retiring as Lieutenant from the Cleveland Fire Department, he moved to Sun City, Arizona, where he produced a few political cartoons for the Sun City Taxpayers Association’s newsletter.
He succumbed to cancer on May 29, 2003, leaving behind a packed portfolio of watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, cartoons and designs. Good Shepherd Arts Center was started with funds he left to his daughter, Glynis Mary McManamon, RGS, the Executive Director.