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Neil Manchester

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Neil M. Manchester 1927-2011 PETERSBURGH Neil M. Manchester, 84, lifelong Petersburgh resident died on Sunday, December 4th at Albany Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Born July 10, 1927 in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late Martin L. and Millicent Vincent Manchester. He was the loving husband of the former Lois Case whom he married in Hoosick Falls on February 11, 1951. Neil was a member of the Petersburgh Baptist Church. While attending high school, Neil enlisted into the United States Navy serving with the Seabees from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the American Theatre medal, Victory medal and Asiatic-Pacific medal. After his honorable discharged at the rank of Machinist Mate 3rd Class, he fulfilled a promise to his mother by going back to high school and was a member of the first graduating class (1947) of the "new" Berlin High School. After graduating, Neil worked as a Wholesale Florist for Seagrott's Roses for 25 years. He then ran the N. Petersburgh Country Store for 15 years and retired from the Troy Housing Authority. Neil was a Grand Master of the Petersburg F & AM. He was also a member of the Taconic Valley American Legion Post #937, a member of the Petersburgh Volunteer Fire Department, served as Town Justice (1960-63 & 1974-77), Chairman of the Board of Assessors 1958-60, Deputy Town Supervisor 1960-61, Town Supervisor 1978-79, Chairman Civic Council 1960-62 and was a former Town Highway Supervisor. He was co-founder with his cousin Roger on the Petersburgh Veterans Honor Roll Monument dedicated in November of 2007. At the time of his death he served as Town Veteran's Service Officer. Neil also loed to hunt and fish. Survivors include his wife of 60 years Lois, his children Amy E. Manchester of Petersburgh, Beth E. Manchester of Pittstown, Gregory (Colleen) Manchester of Petersburgh, grandchildren Darel Gregory and Corey Neil Manchester, great-granddaughter Allie Elizabeth Manchester, brother Lynn Manchester of Catskill, sister Lynda Kroboth of Vestal, N.Y., along with cousins Jean O'Dell and Roger LeMere of Petersburgh. He was predeceased by two brothers Ned and Hugh Manchester. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be Monday December 12th at 11 a.m. in the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh with Rev. J. Mark Norlund officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadowlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home for visitation on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be given to the Petersburgh Rescue Squad in loving memory of Neil M. Manchester.

Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2011
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