LCol Alexander “Alex” Neil Manson, CD (Ret’d)

    • LCol Alexander “Alex” Neil Manson, CD (Ret’d)
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    We regret to advise of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander “Alex” Neil Manson, CD (Ret’d) at the Garry J. Armstrong Retirement Home in Ottawa ON on 30 August 2013 at age 91.

    Alex was born in Stratford ON and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto in the class of 1944.  After graduation, Alex joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and served oversea during WW II.  After the war, he made his career in the Canadian Pacific group of companies, extensively at CP Telecommunications in Montreal and Toronto. In the 1960s, he was the supervising engineer responsible for the building of much of Canada`s first transcontinental system of microwave communications towers. He held several executive positions at Canadian Pacific and culminated his career as Secretary to the Board of CNCP Telecommunications.

    Alex also served in the Militia with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.  In the 1964 reorganisation of the Reserves, it was decided to establish Militia Service Battalions in Canada’s larger cities and No 2 Montreal Service Battalion was formed.  Alex became that unit's first commanding officer.

    At Alex`s request, there will be no funeral. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or a charity of one’s choice. {gdApr2016kh}