Douglas Manson, of St. James City, FL, died on February 28, 2013 in Lee Memorial Hospital. He was 68. He was born in Lockport, NY, on December 20, 1944 to Roderick and Irene Manson.
Mr. Manson joined the United States Army in 1964, becoming a paratrooper. He was stationed in Korea for two years and then Germany. Upon discharge in 1968, he had attained the rank of sergeant, first class. While living in Lockport in the 1970s, Mr. Manson pursued a passion for acting and starred in several local productions. He played the Common Man in "A Man for all Seasons," and the title role in Moliere's "A Physician in Spite of Himself." He also acted in "The School for Scandal," "Not Now, Darling," and "The Still Alarm." Most of these plays were produced at the Kenan Center's Taylor Theater. Mr. Manson graduated in 1979 from Niagara University with a Bachelor's Degree from the School of Arts and Sciences. He worked for a time in hotel management. In 1990, Mr. Manson moved to Florida where he became a property manager, the career from which he retired. While in Florida, he became actively involved in the American Legion, and from 2001 to 2003 he served as Commander of Post 136 in St. James City, FL. In addition, he served for several years as Commander of Post 136's honor guard and was instrumental in its reorganization. At the time of his death, he was serving as Post 136's historian.
Survivors include two sisters, Joan MacFarlane, and Diane Sansone; and four brothers, Roderick, Alexander, Lawrence, and Donald.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 16th from 1-3 PM at American Legion Post 136 in St. James City. Interment will be in Sarasota National Cemetery.
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