Ernest Leola Mank, 80, died May 12, 2011, peacefully at work “with his boots on.” He was born Dec. 6, 1930, in Camden to Leolar E. Mank and Aimie Parks Mank.

In 1947 he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for nine years, working on a survey ship. On July 16, 1955, he married Beverly A. Maddock of Appleton and enjoyed nearly 52 years of marriage residing in Appleton and then moving to Camden in 1971. In July 1972, he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a member of the Rockland congregation until his death.

Known as a devoted employee, he worked as a teenager at the Lucky Strikes Bowling Alley, Maplewood in Belfast, the town of Camden, and for 50 years at the Marriner Paving asphalt plant in Washington. He was known by all who knew him as a loyal and generous friend. Some of his favorite activities were hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and watching the Boston Red Sox. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

In addition to his parents and wife, Beverly, he was predeceased by his siblings, Ruth Morong and Richard Mank; as well as six half-brothers and three half-sisters.

He is survived by a son, Jeffrey Mank and his wife, Hilary, of Hope; a sister, Helen Hastings of Camden; and many other relatives from both sides of the family including countless nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, many calling him “uncle.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Rockville Street in Rockport. A reception will follow.