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John R. Manter, 85, of Rocky Hill, formerly of Glastonbury, beloved husband of Nancy (Larcom) Manter, died peacefully Friday (September 28, 2012) at The Atrium in Rocky Hill, surrounded by his family. Born August 29, 1927 in the Bronx, NY, son of the late Franklin and Dorothy (Carter) Manter, he had lived in Glastonbury for 43 years moving to Rocky Hill two years ago. Jack graduated in 1947 from Mass Maritime Academy. After serving as a merchant marine for a while he attended and graduated from Bates College, where he met his wife of 60 years. Jack retired from the US Navy Reserves after 40 years of service with the rank of Captain. He worked for the Travelers Insurance Co. retiring in 1986. Upon retiring Jack devoted much of his time to helping his community. From Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to Meals on Wheels, Hospice and working the polls he continued to give of himself to improve the lives of others. He will be greatly missed. Jack was a founding member of the Minnechaug Swim Club, a member of the Hog River Outing Club, an officer in the SMART Yankees, and led several groups camping in St. John, U.S.V.I. He and Nancy enjoyed many winters camping and cross country skiing at Cummington Farms, Cummington, Ma. In the later years, traveling around the country in their RV took up his free time. He was an active member in the Buckingham Congregational Church in Glastonbury where he served as a Deacon. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, James Manter of Vernon, Kirk Manter of Foster, RI, Donald Manter of Gulfport, FL; a daughter Marjorie St. John of Worcester, MA and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, October 13, at 11 a.m. in the Buckingham Congregational Church, 16 Cricket Ln, Glastonbury. Burial with military honors will be in the Bourne National Cemetery, Bourne, MA at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Buckingham Congregational Church. To share a memory please visit www.mulryanfh.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 3, 2012
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