Mann, who is fun-loving and easy-going, enjoyed telling stories, whether in writing or around a table. He often wrote about Mayberry as an American ideal and loved the poetry of Emily Dickinson. He briefly owned a hearse as his personal vehicle which he enjoyed driving around town.
After reading that Gulf War soldiers used condoms to protect their guns from sand, Mann collected more than 1,000 “gun protectors” to hand out as giveaways at the Virginia National Guard convention. He labeled them with sizes to distribute according to the military rank and position of those present.
“He was never afraid to come up with an idea, bring it to life, and spread positivity around the world,” Mann’s daughter Emily said.
He was a longtime volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 170 and a member and fixture of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, where he and another legacy member tended the steeple. They were affectionately called the “Great Ding-a-Lings”, and Mann ensured that any child who wanted to climb the steeple rope had the opportunity to do so.
Mann is survived by his wife, Mary of Fredericksburg, three children, Geoff (Becky) of Henrico, Emily (Steve) of Hanover and Zephyr (Erin) of Richmond; eight grandchildren: Theo, Jackson, Ellie, Josie, Liliana, Gunner, Ginna and Vanessa; one brother, Tom Mann of Fredericksburg; one sister, Jane Patton of Florida (Charlie); and nieces Lisa Randall (Chuck), Aude and CoCo.