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Obituary: Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel
Richard “Dick” Manuel passed away Feb. 1, 2010 after a struggle with lymphoma. He was 82 years old. Son of Emma Softy and Charles Nelson (both deceased). He is survived by his wife Marjorie; two sons, John and Bill; daughter Pat Saboda (Jeff); grandsons, Matt and Kyle; and his brother Thomas and family in Bryn Mawr, PA.

The first of three children (Kathryn (deceased) and Thomas), he grew up in Sea Cliff, on Hempstead Harbor on Long Island Sound where the Manuel family resided for two generations. Dick developed a love of sailing which he pursued his entire life.

He graduated from Sea Cliff High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Merchant Marine. He completed his service requirement in 1947 and attended Lafayette College, obtaining a degree in chemical engineering. He married Marjorie Simpson in 1951 and joined Colgate Palmolive International division, beginning a career that lasted into the ’80s and included a two year stint in the Army. In 1957 he accepted an overseas assignment in Lima, Peru, as plant manager. In 1962, Colgate promoted Dick to manager of the Japan branch in Tokyo. He spent the next 12 years in Japan. The family returned to the U.S. in 1974 and settled in Ridgewood, NJ. Dick was named a director in the Colgate Engineering Group.

In 1986 Dick took early retirement from Colgate and made the transition with his wife from New Jersey to Shelter Island. In 2005, Marjorie and Dick moved to Bainbridge Island, WA, to be closer to daughter Pat and her family and to their two sons who are also western residents.

A memorial service will be held at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on May 22 at 2 p.m. Burial of his ashes will follow after the service. Donations in his name can be made to the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.