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Robert A. Manners

January 19, 2024

Robert Manners Obituary

Robert Alan “Bob” Manners, 59, died January 19 2024 at home after a long battle with lymphoma. He was born March 6th 1964 to Guy and Betty Manners of Shelburne MA.  Bob attended Mohawk Trail Regional High School, graduating in the Class of 1982. In 1986 he earned a B.A. from UMass Amherst majoring in history with a minor in education. Bob furthered his education by obtaining licensure as an EMT in 1986 and Paramedic in 1994. He spent 30 years working in the medical field in Franklin County.

He married Laura L. Irish on September 27, 1992. Bob and Laura were blessed with two children, Ashley in 1994 and Jacob in 1996. His passion was his farm animals; being out in the woods on his tractor was his happy place. Bob was active in the Grange, the Jr. Ambassador Program at Franklin Medical Center, Safe Kids, the Franklin County EMT Association, and Shelburne Center Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Deputy Chief. Bob served the Town of Shelburne as a Selectman for many years and was a police officer for the towns of Shelburne and Charlemont.  He was also a Tactical Paramedic with the police department.

Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Laura, their children Ashley Boyd and her husband Ian, their son, Otto and, due in June 2024, Arlo of Rowe, MA and Jacob Manners of Shelburne MA. Additionally, he leaves Laura’s son Keith Irish and his daughter Lillian Irish of Oklahoma. He is also survived by his three sisters: Penny Manners and her wife, Pat McGrath of Provincetown, MA, Linda Tyler and her husband David, of Greenfield, MA and Wendy Manners Seaman and her husband Kevin, of Wilmington, Vermont. Additionally, Bob leaves his niece Rachel Tyler, nephew Nathan Tyler, 5 grandnieces and grandnephews and many cousins.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on March 9, 2024 at 1:00PM at GCC, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA, in the Cohn Family Dining Commons. Rev. Marianne MacCullagh, Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Shelburne will officiate, with a reception immediately following the service.  For those who are unable to attend in person, please follow the “Zoom” parameters provided to participate from a distance https://youtube.com/live/19zN2YmaWcE   In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family encourages donations in his memory in support of the emergency services in your community. For those attending from various public service agencies, Class A or standard Department Uniforms are recommended.

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