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MANNAS, F.C. (Tex)

December 15, 1927 – December 22, 2012

Mannas, FC (Tex) beloved life partner of Deborah Stone of Calgary, AB, Harrison, ID and Rancho Mirage, CA, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the age of 85 years.

Few men can pass on being so loved by family, friends, and even acquaintances. Tex Mannas, a life long member of the Catholic Church, was born December 15, 1927 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Francis Leo and Lucia Mannas. He graduated from the Subiaco Academy (Arkansas) in 1945, and attended college for two years thereafter. After working in Oklahoma and Texas for a couple of years, he joined the United States Marines (USMC) serving with the 426th Platoon. After leaving the Marines, he started his career in the oil fields of Texas. In June of 1955, Tex married Jodie Brewer (until 1983) and the couple immigrated to Grand Prairie, Alberta, where he began working for Arrow of Canada Ltd. Son Patrick and daughter Patricia were born in 1956, son Michael was born in 1959. In 1962, Tex joined Cantex Drilling (Calgary) as the company’s Vice President. In 1972, Tex co-founded Jomax Drilling (Calgary), where he served as President until his retirement in 1988.

Tex was a member of Toastmasters, The Calgary Petroleum Club, The Earl Grey Golf Club, The Calgary Golf and Country Club, The Springs Country Club, the Oasis Breakfast Club in Rancho Mirage, CA and The Oilman’s, where he served on the Board for a number of years.

Tex enjoyed spending time with his five grandsons, two granddaughters-in-law, and two great-grandchildren. When he was not teaching his grandsons to be self sufficient men around their homes and at work, he was exposing them to the joys of boating, fishing, and hunting, as well as the inconsistencies of the game of golf. Despite his dedication to golf, Tex was never able to tweak his back swing into perfection or stop jumping at the ball. Tex was the fearless leader of the Mannas clan. Ever the optimist, he met every challenge with determination as well as an amazing sense of humor. He was a futzer, a fixer, and a smiley true gentleman all the days of his life. He will be profoundly missed.

Besides his loving life partner Deborah Stone, Tex is survived by his son Patrick, daughter Patricia (Wayne Grimeau), son Michael (Carol) all of Calgary; grandsons Jordan, Kavanagh (Elizabeth), Miles, Walsh (Erin) all of Calgary and Neuman (Kelsey) of Vancouver, and great-grandchildren Clint and Rebecca. He is also survived by his sister Angela Rowley (Joseph) of Queensbury, NY, sister Mary Bergh (Robert) of Wichita, Kansas and twelve nieces and nephews.

It was Tex’s wish that no funeral or memorial service be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to The Salvation Army. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Tex Mannas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., Calgary, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. The quality of a man is measured by the loyalty and unbound love of the family he nurtures and grows. Tex has helped his loved ones flourish all the days of their lives, and his smiley good nature has left a proud, accomplished, and storied legacy that will sustain and entertain the generations that follow. Love from Keith, Barb, Jack, Sam and Tom

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  2. Tara Webb (née Cybulsky) :

    Mannas Family,
    Tex was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Tara, Loy, Justin, and Sam

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  3. Janey & Jack Castro :

    We only had the privilege of meeting Tex a few times when visiting Deborah but we always enjoyed his company and are glad to have been able to know him. I know that my friend Deborah now has a big hole in her heart and our thoughts and condolences go out to her and Tex’s family.

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  4. I met Tex when I was working for McCullough Tool
    Company and he was with Arrow Drilling north of Fort St. John B.C. His Rig was stuck in the hole for a few days. Then later I played golf for a few years with Tex and other Oil patch hands at the Earl Grey Golf Club.
    He was a great guy always willing to help others.
    Condolences to all of his family and Deborah.

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  5. Buczkowski Family :

    So sorry to hear of Tex’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I hope that the fond memories you have shared over the years will help you through this most difficult time. Sending our love. Chelsea & the Buczkowski family

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  6. Bill Mooney and Family :

    Dear Mannas Family – our sincerest regards from the Mooney family – My Dad had a very special regard for Tex and considered him one of the very best men around. We will say a prayer for the Mannas family and offer a toast to Tex – our deepest sympathies –
    The Mooney Family

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  7. Mike and Family, our sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

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  8. Ken and Leslie Stewart :

    Mike, Carol and the entire Mannas Family, we were very sorry to hear about Tex. He was a wonderful man and you will always have the memories to keep him close to your hearts. Les and Ken

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  9. Lorraine and Charlach Mackintosh :

    To Deb and all of the Mannas clan,
    We only met Tex on a few occasions but we certainly feel that we knew a great deal about the measure of the man he was . His love for all of you and his incredible caring nature and sense of fun have been transmitted to us through all of you. We know that you will miss this man so much. Deepest sympathy to all of you.

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