STONINGTON - Michael Andrew Manson, 61, formerly of Brewer, Unity and Oakland, died April 9, 2012, at a Portland hospital due to complications of a stroke. Michael was born Sept. 14, 1950, in Waterville, and was the third of six children born to Parrish A. and Gabrielle (Dostie) Manson. He was educated in both the Oakland and Unity schools, and graduated from Mount View High School in 1968. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1973 and his Master of Arts degree in mathematics in 1978, both from the University of Maine, Orono. From 1973 to 1978, Michael worked at Bangor Mental Health Institute. Two years of his work there fulfilled his service requirement as a conscientious objector to the war in Vietnam. From 1978 to 1979 he taught mathematics at Limestone High School, and from 1979 to 1981 he was a Mathematics instructor at the University of Maine, Orono. Michael began his career as a computer programmer by freelancing for various businesses. For the past 20 years he worked at Billings Diesel Marine, Stonington, as computer programmer, IT technician, payroll manager and "everything" according to coworkers Peter and Suzette Grindle. Michael spent his time exploring his interests in the Red Sox, reading and baking bread. He shared the things he loved with his children who are grateful for the time he spent with them. Michael was predeceased by his father, Parrish "Bud" A. Manson Sr. He is survived by his mother, Gabrielle Manson of Unity; and by his two children, Jesse A. Manson of Chicago and Meghann J. Manson of Burlington, Vt. He also leaves behind his siblings, Parrish A. Manson Jr. of Waterville, Mary B. Levine of Woburn, Mass., Paul E. Manson of South Portland, Francis A. Dostie of Pickering, Ohio, Donna M. Salisbury of Westminster, Md., Marc A. Manson of Burnham and Pamela A. Manson of Unity, all of their partners and spouses; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial reception will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Those who wish to remember Michael in a special way may make gifts in his memory to The Island Fishermen's Wives, P.O. Box 293, Stonington, ME 04681. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in BDN Maine on April 13, 2012