H. Craig Mann, 66, undertaker

H. Craig Mann
H. Craig Mann
Posted: June 01, 2014

H. Craig Mann, 66, president of Mann Funeral Home Inc. in Olney for many years, died Saturday, May 24, of metastatic cancer at his Philadelphia home.

Mr. Mann became supervisor of the family business when his father, Henry, died in 1993. The firm opened at 1745 N. 19th St. in 1909, but is now at 219 W. Tabor Rd.

Mr. Mann thought of himself as an undertaker, not a funeral director.

"Some people in the business don't like being called an undertaker," he told an interviewer in 2009. "I'm proud to be called an undertaker because I undertake the responsibility of caring for someone's loved one."

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Mann graduated from Olney High School in 1965. In 1971, he graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan. He apprenticed under his father.

"The rule of thumb I got from my father and grandfather is to do everything the way that you would want it done for your own family," Mr. Mann said in the 2009 article, which marked the firm's centennial.

In 1978, Mr. Mann's father bought a livery service. A favorite memory was using the limousine to reward deserving Olney Elementary School students. "We would pick up the monthly honor students and go to McDonald's," he told the interviewer.

Mr. Mann was a Mason and member of the Lions Clubs International and Vidocq Society, which researches cold police cases.

Surviving are his wife, Lorraine McMahon Mann; a sister, Margery P. Mann; and nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Crescentville United Methodist Church, 412 E. Sentner St., Philadelphia 19120. The funeral will follow at 11. Interment will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the church or the Salvation Army via www.use.salvationarmy.org.


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