Albert William Mann

June 30, 1944 - February 12, 2021

Albert William Mann (nee Semanchik), 76, a resident of Cape Coral, FL., since 2010, formerly of Union Co., NJ, passed away at his home in Cape Coral on Friday, February 12, 2021. He was born June 30, 1944 in Passaic, NJ. to William and Nina Semanchik now deceased.

Albert was of the Catholic faith. He was a 1962 graduate of Garfield High School where he captained the 1961 football team that captured shares of both the Passaic Valley Conference and the North Jersey Group 4 crowns. Albert was selected to the PVC First Team in both 1960 and 1961 and was also a weight man on the track team that won back-to-back league crowns those same two years. He received a scholarship to William & Mary College. Albert was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame on April 25th, 1987.

Albert was stationed in Korea from 1971 to 1974 as a Sergeant in the United States Army and was Honorably Discharged. He lived a full and interesting life where he was a prominent business owner of the Beach House in Montauk, NY. After leaving Montauk, he settled down in Berkeley Heights, NJ with his two children where many referred to him as the “chicken man.”

He is survived by his son David Mann of St. Petersburg, FL; daughter, Samantha Phillips (Jacob) of McKinleyville, CA; sister, Margaret Messina (Alphonse) of Garfield, NJ; one grandson that’s on the way; as well as a large and loving extended family.

No formal services are planned at this time. His wishes were to have his life celebrated by his children and his ashes scattered amongst the earth.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Albert William Mann can be made to the Fisher House Foundation, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway #410, Rockville, MD 20852.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Michele Messina (Your God Daughter) Feb 22, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    My loving Godfather I will do my best to honor you by hosting holidays staying in constant contact with your children and giving them all of the wise words you have given me over the years. What do you say to someone who has been a close family member and one of our all time favorites all I can think of is all of the fun. The memories the stays at your Montauk home with my parents and how you would take Marc and I and give us the Summers of our lives. Thank you for always being the voice of reason in my head you will be missed. RIP and take comfort in watching over your beautiful grandson that is going to be the apple of our eyes he will be a Prince no doubt!

  2. Honora Feb 22, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Al loved his family especially his children.
    He was a good friend; Fun and generous spirit.
    He truly cared about others and will be missed.

  3. Michele Messina (Your God Daughter) Feb 22, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Sammi’s beautiful wedding!

  4. Brian Egan and Family Feb 23, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Samantha, David and the Mann Family,

    We are so sad to hear of your Dads passing. I spent alot of time with Al at our mutual kids athletic events over the years and cherished his friendship. I fondly remember our friday afternoon summer card games at the Egan pool with my Dad and Al. He was as well read as anyone I have ever met, and could discuss any subject matter. He loved his 2 children and cherished his friendships in Berkeley Heights and New Jersey. We will miss your warm personality Al.

    God Bless

  5. Jim Annunziata Feb 25, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I will never forget Al and how specially he was especially in track and football. He was great at everything he did. I will never forget my Junior in high school playing in the Patterson Central/Garfield football game how Al blocked a guy that literally flipped three times up in the air before he hit the ground.

    RIP Al

  6. Janet Hitzel Feb 25, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I came to know Uncle Al through his goddaughter, Michele. If Uncle Al was at an event, you were guaranteed to have a lively and intellectual conversation, as well as lots of laughs! Great guy who loved his family.

  7. Donald Diorio Feb 25, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    “Big Al” as we knew him in Garfield was a great guy.
    We spent many nights/days together with the “gang” at Barcelona’s on Harrison Avenue. Our favorite meeting place.

    Always up for a laugh and a good time. His easy going nature and great sense of humor made him a person who you wanted to be with.
    I will miss him.
    My sincere condolences to his entire family.
    Don Diorio

  8. Bill McGuinn Mar 9, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Dear David and Samantha,
    I am shocked to find out about Big Al’s passing. Phone calls from New Jersey were spontaneous and positive. We traveled to Egypt via cruise ship to visit the Temples, Pyramids, and the Sahara. He truly loved the excitement of his family and friends. Rest In Peace. Love, Bill

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