Former Branch Director of Several Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Philip McManus Has Passed Away

by Patrick Herron
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Philip McManus (“Mr. Phil”) the former Branch Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington – Germantown Branch (as well as, the former Branch Director of the former Rockville Branch and the former Silver Spring Branch) passed away on Dec 4, 2021.

Those who knew him described him as a role model and mentor to thousands of youth in the Montgomery County region, especially the Germantown area, for over 30 years.

His memorial service will be this December 13, 2021, 11:00 AM at
Resthaven Funeral Home

9501 Catoctin Mt. Hwy.

Frederick, Maryland 21701

Philip Taliaferro “Phil” McManus, 61, died peacefully at his home in Frederick, MD on Saturday, December 4th. Phil was born in Orleans, France on May 2, 1960. As a member of an Army family, he attended primary and secondary schools in Columbus, OH, Petersburg, VA, Munich and Berlin, Germany, and Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1985 and went on to play professional basketball around the globe in Ireland, Portugal, Mexico and Belgium.  

After retiring from professional basketball, Phil began his career with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington in December 1990 as the Education Director at the Montana Terrace Boys & Girls Club, Washington, D.C. In succession, Phil served as the Program Director at the Rockville Club and was promoted to the Branch Director. Phil went on to establish a site in Silver Spring at the Capt. James E. Daly Elementary School in 1999 where he served as the Branch Director and in 2002 made a home at the new Germantown Club.  

Key initiatives developed under Phil’s leadership at the Germantown Club include SMART Moves (teen character development), Passport to Manhood (boys’ rites of passage), and Keystone Club (teen leadership). Phil also developed key partnerships with Boys & Girls Club Board Members, Montgomery County government officials, and local businesses as a part of successfully raising the profile of and funds for the Germantown Club.  

He is remembered by family members, friends and co-workers for his great sense of humor, his tremendous generosity of spirit, and his tireless work ethic in supporting and mentoring friends and family. He is survived by his beloved wife Sherrye; son Christian; granddaughter Cheyenne; brother Kenneth; nephews Michael and David; Uncle Abraham; mother-in-law Annie Bland; sister-in-law Ava Robinson; and numerous cherished cousins. He was predeceased by his parents COL (Ret) Booker and Mary McManus, and father-in-law SFC (Ret) Loyd Fowler, Sr. 

A memorial service will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home, 9501 Catoctin Mtn. Hwy. (U.S. Route 15 North), Frederick, MD 21701 on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the ALS Association (www.als.org) or the Germantown Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington (https://bgcgw.org/germantown-club/). A livestream of Mr. McManus’ service may be viewed from his obituary at www.resthaven.us . 

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