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  • Lt. Commander Eric Francis Mang

  • On Thursday, April 26, 2012, Lieutenant Commander Eric Francis Mang, 40, of Summerville, SC, died suddenly of a heart attack, while on a two-week drill in Japan for the U.S. Navy Reserves.

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  • On Thursday, April 26, 2012, Lieutenant Commander Eric Francis Mang, 40, of Summerville, SC, died suddenly of a heart attack, while on a two-week drill in Japan for the U.S. Navy Reserves.
    He was born on July 29, 1971, son of George and Irene (Hazard) Mang.
    Eric was a 1989 graduate of Fort Plain High School, where he excelled in music as a French horn, trumpet, guitar, violin, banjo, and piano player. During this time, Eric was an active part of the music ministry at Valley Alliance Church, where he was a member. In 1993, he received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Nyack College with a concentration in French horn. During his time at Nyack, Eric was very active in his church playing guitar for the worship band at Simpson Memorial Church.
    Eric was then employed in Vermont as a music educator, while also teaching skiing lessons, and then in Pennsylvania, while also teaching private music lessons. He then went into music business working at Sam Ash Music for another 2 years.
    On Nov. 4, 1997, Eric enlisted for active duty in the United States Navy. He started his career as a Navy Musician. In the summer of 2000, Eric graduated from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. In spring 2001, he graduated from Surface Warfare Officer School in Rhode Island, and from there, was assigned to the USS Yorktown and then to the USS Ticonderoga among other ships.
    In the years to come, Eric was stationed around the world in Saudi Arabia, as well as Japan, and was able to learn several languages. In 2011, Eric was discharged from active duty with the U.S. Navy and began his career with the U.S. Navy Reserves. It was at this time that he also began employment as a Sr. Consultant in Engineering and Operations with Booz Allen Hamilton in North Charleston, SC. Eric was also once again active in his church as a musician.
    Eric was best known for his fun loving personality and love for life. He encouraged everyone to be and do the best they could, and taught by his example. He loved his family and always looked forward to the times when everyone could be together for holidays. His favorite hobbies included playing music with friends, tinkering with his Land Rover, and working in his gardens at his new home.
    Eric is the son of Irene and the late George Mang. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Cirilina Mendoza Mang, and son, Lucas, of Summerville, SC; his son, Erik "Ricky", and daughter, Rebekah, of Mount Joy, PA; sister, Barbara Burditt, and brother-in-law, Joseph, of Little Falls, NY; brother, James Mang, and sister-in-law, Tamara, of Nelliston, NY; sister, Kathy Eikost, and brother-in-law, Mark, working internationally in Bosnia; sister, Colleen Petrie, and brother-in-law, Albert, of Caroga Lake, NY; and brother, Mark Berry, and sister-in-law, Marilyn, of Maine. Survivors also include several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
    Page 2 of 2 - Calling hours will be from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the Valley Alliance Church, 85 E Main St., Nelliston, NY 13410. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Dave Prahst. Full military honors will be presented by the U.S. Navy.
    The family is being cared for by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 9 Center St., St. Johnsville, John P. Lewandowski, Funeral Director. To offer an online message of sympathy please go to www.eneafamily.com.
    "Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none." -Benjamin Franklin

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