I only recently learned of Manny's passing. I had the privilege of working with Manny at RTD, and I loved his enthusiasm, kindness, inquisitive spirit, good humor, and integrity. He was a gentleman's gentleman and a man of honor even in the pressure cooker of work, and I send my condolences to his family.
I especially remember talking with Manny after he had had a setback at work: minor in the big scheme of things, but you know how these things are: some people might have been angry, or depressed, or casting about trying to blame others. Manny could see the big picture and put things in perspective, and I will never forget how he told me he just tries to be the best person he can be every day and work as hard as he can, and it's not worth worrying about the things we can't control. I thought to myself at the time: this is a man with great grace and self-awareness.