HOWLAND- Robert James Manley, 65, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, from complications of lung cancer.
Bob was born Feb. 9, 1947, in Warren, the son of Bill and Jane Ann Manley.
Upon graduation from Howland High School, he joined the U.S. Navy. He served with distinction on the USS Forrestal as a fighter jet mechanic in Vietnam, including aiding with the devastating fire on July 29, 1967, after a Zuni rocket discharged on the flight deck while in the Gulf of Tonkin. He received honors and commendations for his dedication.
After he was honorably discharged in 1969, he returned to Warren, where he began working for Republic Steel. Bob was a motor inspector / electrician in the mill for 42 years until he retired.
Bob loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was the best "Grampy." He also enjoyed family trips to the Outer Banks, breakfasts with the retiree gang, hunting and, most of all, Canadian fishing trips with his buddies (a.k.a. "The Great Canadian Adventure").
Bob was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Terry Manley.
He is lovingly remembered by his son, Mark (Angie) Manley of Chesapeake, Va.; daughter, Nicole (Tim) McPherson of Wellington, Fla.; son, Robert (Harry) Manley of Columbus; sister, Patty (Jim) Cvengros of Niles; aunt, Kay (Vince) Krist of North Olmsted; and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at a later, warmer date in Warren. Cremation is being handled by Palms West Funeral Home in Royal Palm Beach, Fla. A family and friend adventure will be planned to bring Bob to his final resting place at the Little Kipawa River in Quebec, "indalake ... where the fish are.''
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob's honor to The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Family condolences can be expressed by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.