September 12, 1937 – May 23, 2019
Predeceased by his parents Wylie and Libby, brother Morley and sister Mitzi. Survived by wife Marjorie, sons Marc (Jessica) of Toronto, Michel (Lisa) of Regina and Maury (Shoshana) of Toronto – and grandchildren Eva, Geneva, Willem, Olivia, and Henry.
The son of prairie farmers, he spent much time helping his siblings and parents in working the lands around Gray, SK. A natural athlete, Manley had a passion for baseball, and proudly played shortstop for the Gray Gophers.
At an early age, he took an interest in drawing and had the good fortune to spend time at the Banff School of the Arts. He attended Regina College, Calgary Tech, and went on to obtain his B.Arch at the University of Manitoba which led to a long and productive career in architecture, becoming partner at BLM Architects and eventually moving into private practice, designing numerous public buildings and private residences in Regina and throughout the province. A lifetime member of the Optimist club, he was long involved in creating community, guiding groups large and small to improve others lives.
In 1993, he and Marjorie made the big move to British Columbia, where he continued his practice and shared his expertise in design and city planning with the rapidly growing community of Parksville.
Endlessly creative and a self-motivated maker, he also produced hundreds of paintings and renderings of his beloved prairie skies and coastal landscapes.
History and reading were an ongoing passion and Manley spent many pleasant hours with friends at their book club and enjoyed engaging in deep discussion with the “Great Eight”. He was fascinated with the weather and no conversation concluded without a review of current conditions.
He touched the lives of many, always took an interest, shared his gifts selflessly and was always sure to reply thoughtfully. He will be missed.
Manley’s ashes will be interred this summer in the cemetery in Gray, SK. He is going home.
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