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Charles H. Mann

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SANDGATE -- Mr. Charles Hedges Mann, 64, a resident of West Road died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at the Stratton Veterans’ Affairs Hospital in Albany, N.Y. following a brief illness.

Born in New Haven, Conn. on June 18,1940, he was the son of the late Arthur Mann and Lillian (Officer) Mann who survives. He grew up in Cheshire, Conn. where he attended local schools. Mr. Mann was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He started working in bowling alleys when he was just 16 years old as a pin setter. This interest led to a lifelong career as a bowling alley mechanic, working in Milford, Conn., New Jersey, Long Island, N.Y., and for many years in the Albany area. As an inventor he developed a robotic bowling machine, special tools for his trade and produced bowling pins. He was an avid runner and had completed the New York City Marathon, and the Long Island Marathon four times. His greatest pleasure came from repairing and fabricating metal work. As a lover of the out of doors he enjoyed wildflowers and cutting firewood.

He leaves his mother, Lillian Mann of Sandgate; a brother, Steven Mann of Sandgate; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his father he was predeceased by two sisters, Jane Mitchell who died March 7, 1998, and Ethel Messmer, who died Sept. 1, 2000.

Funeral services will be held at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Route 7A, Arlington on Monday May 23 at 11a.m. with the Rev. Mary Beth Hutchinson, pastor of the Rupert Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Mann family lot in Briggs Cemetery in Balston Spa, N.Y. at 2 p.m. There are no calling hours.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts in memory of Mr. Mann may be made to the Stratton VA Medical Center in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250.

To send condolences to the family of Mr. Charles H. Mann, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 21, 2005
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