Robert D. Manfred, a long-time resident of Rome, New York and Sunset Beach, North Carolina, died at his home in Falls Church, Virginia on Friday March 2, 2018. At his passing, he was attended by his loving wife of 63 years, Phyllis and his son, Lee.
Manfred was born in Albany, New York in 1929. He was raised in Massena and Potsdam, New York and graduated from Clarkson College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1952. Shortly after graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Army Corp of Engineers. He served a tour of duty in Korea and upon his discharge in 1954 was awarded a Bronze Star.
After his discharge from the Army, Manfred joined Revere Copper and Brass in Rome as a methods engineer. He spent his entire career with Revere, playing a key role in the construction of a state-of-the-art rolling mill. He served as Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent of the Rolling Mill before being promoted to Assistant Works Manager and eventually Works Manager. He retired in 1990.
Manfred was an enthusiastic sportsman throughout his life. In Rome, he was a city tennis champion in both singles and doubles, an avid golfer and long-time member of Teugega Country Club. He coached Farm League Baseball and for more than 20 years was the heart and soul of the Fran Allison Youth Basketball Program. He was also a fixture as the “official scorer” for Rome Free Academy basketball.
In 1992, Manfred and his wife Phyllis relocated to Sunset Beach, North Carolina where they enjoyed an active retirement filled with golf at Sea Trail Plantation, travel, and time with friends from St. Brendan’s parish in Shallotte, NC.
Manfred is survived by his wife Phyllis; his daughter Lynn and her husband Joseph Bosco of Charleston, South Carolina; his son Robert Jr. and his wife Colleen of New York City; and his son Lee and his wife Susan of Vienna, Virginia; as well as ten grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
There will be a Memorial Mass on Thursday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna VA, followed immediately by a lunch reception at Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Avenue E, Vienna VA 22180. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Robert D. Manfred, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, 9101 Old Courthouse Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 .