Wilmington Man Remembered in "Paddle Out" Ceremony

SEPTEMBER 10, 2005 -- Friends and family celebrated the life of Ed Manuele on Saturday.

We first brought you the story of Manuele back in July. He passed away of a heart attack while surveying marshy land in Brunswick County.

Friends, family and fellow surfers gathered at Manuele's favorite surfing spot by Crystal Pier at Wrightsville Beach.

They shared their memories of Manuele.

Then over 30 surfers paddled out with a reef and flowers in his memory. His wife, Jean, says a "Paddle Out" Ceremony is exactly what her husband wanted.

Manuele previously lived in Wrightsville Beach. For the last twelve years, his family has lived in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer