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Obituary for Alan V. Manchester

Alan V. Manchester of Springville, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville at the age of 86.

He was born August 21, 1937 in West Valley, a son of the late Irvin and Irene (Proctor) Manchester.

He was a graduate of Springville Griffith Institute, Cornell University, and State University of Buffalo. He continued his education at Western Maryland College, and University of California, Berkeley.

Alan was an educator for 35 years, first starting as a teacher at Pioneer Central, and then spent 30 of those years teaching at Springville Griffith Institute. He owned and operated Leisure Laundry & Dry Cleaning with his wife, Joyce, for 30 years. He also served as a Village Trustee for 10 years, was President of Fairview Cemetery Corp. of Springville for 40 years, was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Springville, and was the President of the Concord Historical Society. He had also successfully led the effort to have the United States Postal System issue a "Pop Warner" 32 cent Postal Stamp in 1997. In addition, Alan worked on the US Atomic Energy Commission, and was the Co-Author of "Images of America, Springville." He submitted articles to the Western New York Heritage Magazine and was an avid Railroad enthusiast, Abraham Lincoln writer.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce (Emerson) Manchester, whom he married October 31, 1959. He is also survived by his children: Deborah Manchester Owen of Springville, Suzanne Manchester of Springville, and Kevin Manchester of Springville; siblings: Dale (Elizabeth) Manchester of West Valley, and Barbara Butcher of Concord; grandchildren: Kyle Manchester, Tyler (Katherine) Owen, and Sarah (Richard) Owen Izzo; as well as some nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents.

There will be no prior visitation. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family, with final interment to take place in Maplewood Cemetery in Springville.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 38 N. Buffalo St. Springville, NY 14141.