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William Mann

William F. Mann

Monday, April 10th, 1939 - Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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William Fredrick Mann, 80, died January 5, 2020 at home in Cambridge, MA
He was born April 10, 1939 in Lincoln Nebraska; Parents Fredrick and Anna (Hagen) Mann
Youngest of 4; siblings: Arlene (Mann) Pratt, Merriam (Mann) Moore, and Betty Ann (Mann) Reay
He was predeceased by his parents and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Brady of Cambridge. His son Douglas and Roongnapa (Suryia) Mann, two grandchildren: Chanapa and Taksin Mann of Japan and son David Mann of Cambridge as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He attended Dishman Elementary school in Opportunity WA where he participated in music, ham radio communications and boy scouts; he received his Eagle Scout badge at 13. He graduated from Central Valley HS in 1957, receiving a Letter in Band; he played the trumpet, and was one of the top 13 scholars in his graduating class.
He graduated from Washington State University in 1961 with a degree in Physics.
His first job was with Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Co, designing and installing the first cordless telephone for the Seattle Space Needle at Seattle World’s Fair 1962.
He received his Professional Engineering license while working in Europe from 1963 to 1973. His engineering career spanned many years and countries and he settled back in US working for the Federal Aviation Administration in Airway Facilities from 1977 until his retirement on January 1, 2000.
He was an avid skier, motorcycle rider, builder and handyman extraordinaire; he loved music and traveling, experiencing new cultures, foods and traditions.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to either Mount Auburn Cemetery Horticultural mission or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday March 21, 2020 at Mount Auburn Cemetery 1 PM with a reception to follow.
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Anthony Leone

Posted at 01:09pm
Bill was a life-long friend of my late father, Dominic Leone. The two worked together at the FAA for many years. I remember that Bill and Ginny were welcomed visitors at our home many, many times over the years. When my father became too ill to take care of his home, Bill helped by completing odd jobs here. I always felt privileged to witness their closeness as friends, since such relationships seem all too rare in the world today. As a result, of course, Bill became my close friend as well. I will miss him.
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Virginia Brady

Posted at 05:05pm
You are my forever love, I will miss intensely and keep you in my heart until we are together again. your love, Ginny
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Edwin Hacker

Posted at 03:07pm
I first met Bill in Italy in the 1960s, so our friendship goes back a long time. Bill and I worked together in the same corporation, and I found Bill a very hard working and skillful colleague. For over 50 years Bill and I stayed in touch, even though the distance between Germany and the USA is so great. My wife, Helga, and I visited Bill and Ginny in the States, and he and his family came to see us in Germany. I am very grateful to have met and known him, and to have had such a helpful and loyal friend as Bill.
Edwin Hacker

David Santander

Posted at 03:35pm
Bill has always been a reference in my life, a bright light to follow. He will be forever. All my love.
David Santander
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