William S. Mank
CAMDEN — William S. Mank, 62, died April 24, 2012, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a long illness. Born in Lawrence, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1949, he was the son of Edward and Stella K. Mank. Bill attended public schools in Lawrence and North Andover and later trained in culinary arts at the Massachusetts Vocational School and at the Sheraton Hotel in North Andover. He was privileged to get a full scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in New Haven, Conn., through the Sheraton, graduating in 1970.
Bill worked as a chef on Nantucket Island at the Chanticlair and Boarding House and the Mad Hatter and also in Jupiter, Fla. During the winter months he worked on the offshore fishing draggers, including The Ruthie B, The Portugal and The Stone Horse. He also owned and operated his own boat that he used for scalloping.
In addition, he spent time working as a merchant marine supplying the oil rigs out of New Orleans.
He met his future wife, Chris Parsons, on Nantucket, and they were married in 1985 in her hometown of York Harbor, Maine. Bill and Chris moved to Camden where he went to work at the Maine State Prison in the kitchen.
Bill’s hobbies included fishing, boating and spending time at his camp on South Pond in Warren, “The Loon.”
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses at Damariscotta Dialysis and Kno-Wal-Lin; Dr. Jens Jorgenson, Dr. Stuart Abrahamson and staff at Maine Medical Center; Dr. Jeffrey Landfair and PBMC; Dr. Walter Keller from Mercy Hospital Wound Clinic, and his special caregiver and friend, Kergan Thomann.
Surviving is his wife, Chris Parsons-Mank of Camden; his two cherished children, Leanna Mank and her fiancé, Daniel Parisi of West Haven, Conn., and Viktor Mank of Camden; a brother, Walter Mank of Stoughton, Mass.; his mother-in-law, Regina Parsons of York Harbor; a brother-in-law, John Parsons of Kittery; nieces and nephews, Makayla Parsons, Natasha Mank, Heather Cheever, Holly Hewins, Judd Parsons and Alex Carey. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Stella Mank; brother, Edward Mank; sister, Martha Mank; and an infant brother, Joe Mank. Bill will be greatly missed by his devoted canine companion, Corea, his little red haired nurse, and Emma Rose the black Lab.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date and will be announced. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at First Parish Cemetery in York. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401; Maine Sea Coast Mission, 126 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609; or Life Flight Foundation, P.O. Box 899, Camden, ME 04843.
Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Mank family by visiting their book of memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.