On May 13th, 2018, Hugh E. Manar, 69, of Kingsville, Maryland, beloved husband of Karen Smith Manar, and devoted father of Travis Conway Manar, passed away.
Hugh is survived by his sister, Josette Manar Lester, of St. Francisville, Louisiana; nephew, Cyrus Graham Lester, and wife, Maggie of St. Francisville, Louisiana; and niece, Rosemari Lester, and husband, Kyle Tuminello, of Denham Springs, Louisiana.
Additional family members of Hamilton, New Jersey, include: brother-in-law, John Smith and wife, Jane; and twin nieces, Dr. Lauren Opiela, and husband, Alex, and Louise Joyce and husband, Sean.
Additional family members include: sister-in-law, Dr. Marsha D. Baumeister, and husband, Thomas, of Street, Maryland; nephew, Dr. Peter J. Baumeister, and wife, Angela, of California; and niece, Meredith P. Leeson, Esquire, and husband, Andrew, of Washington, D.C.
Hugh is also survived by many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Eugene Manar and Marvine Elizabeth Humphrey Manar, and his nephew, Ian Nathaniel Lester.
Hugh was born on September 2, 1948, in Washington D.C. When he was seven years old, the family moved to New Orleans where Hugh was active in Boy Scouting and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in history. Hugh was an artillery officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served with distinction on a Sergeant Missile Battalion near Seoul, Korea. After his discharge, he joined the National Park Service and worked at many historic sites including: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania; Nez Perce National Historical Park, Idaho; Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina; Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania; and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland. While working there Hugh met many US Presidents and received the White House Certificate of Appreciation for “Outstanding Support Provided to the President of the United States.” He retired as Ft. McHenry’s Supervisory Park Ranger after a 35 year career.
In his retirement, Hugh remained active in Boy Scouting serving as the Harford County Commissioner of Special Needs Scouting, a troop committee member and mentor for many Fallston Troop 899 scouts working toward the rank of Eagle. In addition, Hugh was an active member of the Western Front Association, East Coast Chapter, an organization to share and remember the history of the Great War. He also served as a member of the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kingsville, where he chaired the parish’s “325th Anniversary Committee.”
Hugh met his wife, Karen, at Fort McHenry where they resided in the historic fort for the initial years of their 26 year marriage. He truly enjoyed attending her orchestral performances with the Annapolis and Maryland Symphonies. Hugh also was extremely proud of his son, Travis, a graduate of the West Nottingham Academy, an Eagle Scout, and an accomplished blacksmith.
A memorial service will be celebrated at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kingsville, on May 26th, 2018, at 1:00 PM; reception immediately following. Cards marked to the attention of Karen Smith Manar may be sent and contributions made in Hugh’s memory to: St. John’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 187, Kingsville, MD 21087; contributions may also be sent to Boy Scout Troop 899, c/o Mike Hayden, Treasurer, 2541 Hess Road, Fallston, MD 21047. Online tributes may be made at www.lassahnfuneralhomes.com.