David Alexander Maximilien Mano beloved son, brother, and friend died Thursday April 14, 2022, at the age of 20, after a long battle with depression.
He was survived by his mother, Danielle Sommers, his father, Christopher Mano, brother Milo Mano-Hamberger, grandparents Joan Mano, Laurie Kennedy-Mano, Cindy & Bruce Edwards, Dennis Sommers, and countless aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather D. Keith Mano.
Dave grew up in Summit, NY before moving to Kingston, NY.
Dave was known for his love of revolution. He spent endless hours researching the French Revolution. He was a fan of musicals, especially 1776, anime, video games, and history. He lived by the motto “liberté, égalité, fraternité”. He proudly advocated for human rights, workers’ rights, trans rights, and gay rights. He was a firm believer in Marxism, and feared for the future of our country and the world.
David was beyond talented as a writer and artist. He graduated in May 2020 from SUNY Ulster and Hudson Valley Pathways-PTECH (Valedictorian) At SUNY Ulster, he served on the Student Government Organization and was the sole Student Trustee on the SUNY Board of Trustees (2019-20). He presented a paper at the DCCC World Affairs Conference in fall 2019.
He transferred to SUNY New Paltz where he was a member of the Honors Program, majoring in History and minoring in French. In summer 2021 he and his professor Mary Christiansen won a SURE grant. David translated and analyzed the correspondence of the Count of Artois, the future King Charles X. He was on the Dean’s List each semester.
He volunteered with the New Paltz Food Pantry.
David was a member of the Society for the Future of Higher Education (SFHE) attending their conferences since 2010 all over the US. He belonged to the Association Des Amis De Robespierre Pour Le Bicentenaire De La Revolution and the Industrial Workers of the World.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday April 27, 2022 at Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home in New Paltz, NY from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM and 4:00 PM-7:PM. In lieu of flowers we encourage donations be made to The Trevor Project in Dave’s honor.
Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home is honored to assist David’s family with his funeral arrangements.