Originally from Philadelphia, PA, who resides in Cape Canaveral, FL.
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Harold R. Manns, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away January 17, 2012 at the age of 68.
He leaves his wife/soul mate, Linda Manns; a son, Jeffrey; a daughter, Elizabeth; a brother, Thomas; three grandchildren, four stepchildren among several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
"Hal" served honorably in the United States Army for 31 years as a helicopter pilot (Cobra) with his mentors, the Pink Panthers. He served in the Vietnam conflict and retired as a Colonel. Even after his military service, Hal continued to be an advocate for military service members and a huge contributor to military relations.
After leaving the service, Hal became a financial analyst and worked for Telcordia. He was one of the original team members that developed DSL. Among his civilian accomplishments, he was a professor at Lee High University.
He was a volunteer for Red Cross, Habit for Humanity, Homeless Veterans Organization, Save our Sea Shores, and the Cure for Leukemia Organization. Also, one of his passions was politics, he wrote speeches for Congressman Posey.
Hal was most known for his sincerity and charity. Everyone came first in his heart and mind. If there was ever a problem, Hal was the first to offer help, even for those he barely knew. His life revolved around his wife, Linda, and his mentors, the Pink Panther group, a close knit family for years.
Anyone planning expression of sympathy is asked to consider Homeless Veterans organization, a cause he was extremely passionate about.
A celebration of his life will be held at Devine Mercy on Courtenay Parkway, Thursday, January 26th at 11:00.
Services held by Funeral Solutions, 321-638-1373.
5455 N US Hwy 1
Cocoa, FL 32927
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Jan. 24, 2012