ALEXANDER NEIL MANSON Died Friday, August 30, 2013, age 91 at the Garry J. Armstrong Home in Ottawa. Alex was born in Stratford, Ontario on October 19, 1921, the son of Alexander Brock Manson and Elizabeth Jane MCArthur. A graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in the class of 1944, Alex made his career in the Canadian Pacific group of companies, extensively at CP Telecommunications in Montreal and Toronto. In the 1960s, he was the supervising engineer responsible for the building of much of Canada's first transcontinental system of microwave communications towers, an adventure that gave him many a lively story. He held several executive positions at Canadian Pacific and culminated his career as Secretary to the Board of CNCP Telecommunications. During WWII, Alex served in the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers. He subsequently served in the Military Reserves, in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, ultimately as Commanding Officer of the Second Technical Regiment in Montreal. Alex will be remembered for his zestful embrace of life. He had charisma, charm and an intense and twinkling smile. He loved people, conversation and getting the job done. He was a lovable man, deeply caring, supportive and generous. He was an avid boater and hugely enjoyed the cottage with his grandchildren at Catchacoma north of Peterborough. He is survived by his wife Helen (Ranta) Manson. He is predeceased by Margaret (Neale) Manson, wife and mother of their five children; and by his sister Mary Ness. Alex is lovingly remembered by children Alex Manson (Judy); Noni MacDonald (Doug); Mary Kai Manson (Dave Birnie); Jack Manson (Cathy O'Brien); Marnee Manson (Jack Hanna); and grandchildren Ewen (Alison); Michael; Kyla (Lloyd); Katie (Jason); Alex; Kyle; Jessie; Jake; Marguerite; and great-grandchildren Ada and Leo. There will be no funeral at Alex's request. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family suggests any donations be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or a charity of your choice. Alex's family would like to express immense gratitude to the staff and volunteers of the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Dr. Alex Winter, for their exceptional care and friendship to Alex. These extraordinary people made a warm and loving home for Alex.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Sept. 6, 2013