In loving memory of

David S. Manuel
May 29, 1929 - March 30, 2021

David S. Manuel, formerly of Flourtown and Lower Gwynedd, died peacefully on March 30, 2021 at Fort Washington Estates in Fort Washington, PA. He was 91 years old.

Born in Drexel Hill, PA, he was the son of the late Evan Knowlton and Kathleen (nee Smythe) Manuel.

David was a proud veteran of the USMC, serving during the Korean War, and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after 40 years in the Marine Corps Reserve. He was a 1951 graduate of West Chester University and received his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Manuel had a long and successful career as a well-respected math teacher and coach. He taught at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and Welsh Valley Junior High before spending 40 years as a teacher and football coach at Lower Merion High School. After retirement, he joined the faculty of Montgomery County Community College and continued teaching for another 10 years.

David was a lifelong Eagles fan and was in attendance at the 1960 championship game. In addition to coaching high school football, he was a coach in the Flourtown/Erdenheim Little League. Dave was also an active member of the MOAA, Military Officers Association of America. He and his wife Betty loved to travel.

David is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty (nee King). He is the loving father of Cynthia Daley and her husband Steve of Maple Glen, Ellen Barlow and her husband Chris of Mount Laurel, NJ and David Andrew (Andy) Manuel and his wife Cheryl of Cape Coral, FL. He is the dear Pop Pop of Sean (Colleen), Sarah and Ryan Daley, Shannon, Jack and Caroline Barlow, and Uncle Dave to many nieces and nephews.

David's Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, 7020 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034. Relatives and friends are invited to call after 10:30 AM. The Eulogy will begin at 10:45 AM, followed by the Service at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Tim Steeves will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Thomas' Cemetery.

Livestream of the Service will be available at

Memorial donations to Liberty USO, 2700 Southampton Rd #228, Philadelphia, PA 19154 or St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, would be appreciated by the family.

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Thomas and Karen Nuss wrote on Apr 16, 2021:

"Dear Aunt Betty, Cindy, Ellen, Andrew & Families... Please accept our most heartfelt condolences, as we share your sorrow and empathize with your loss. Having just been through this with Dad, we have great compassion and are holding you all close in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Uncle Dave was beloved by our entire King family, and we are SO grateful for the decades of family picnics and Christmas gatherings that he & Aunt Bette hosted; a tradition continued by you, their children. It's a priceless legacy of family love and shared memories that we will cherish forever. THANK YOU!!! We also reflect and celebrate the "brotherhood" shared by him & Dad. Not only was Uncle Dave a groomsmen in Mom/Dad's wedding, but their friendship continued through healthier years. They went our for weekly dinners and celebrated birthdays @ The Wm. Penn Inn. Mom/Aunt Bette shared January birthdays & Dad/Uncle Dave shared May. How fitting that both "brothers" passed in March 2021 and will celebrate their upcoming May birthdays together in Heaven with parents, siblings and friends. They are sorely missed, but will be forever in our hearts and minds, while you each remain in our thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS & KEEP YOU!!! With Much Love...--Karen & Tom XOXO"