American Guild of Organists
Milwaukee Chapter
Word has reached us of the death of Dr. Paul O. Manz on 10.28.09. Dr. Manz was a member of the AGO, Twin Cities Chapter(Minneapolis/St. Paul) but his legacy is a gift to each of us. We join AGO-TC in mourning his passing and celebrating his life.


Here is the announcement from the Dean and the Chaplain of the AGO-Twin Cities Chapter

Members and friends of the TC-AGO:

We are again reminded that here we have no abiding city.
It has pleased the Lord in His infinite wisdom to call from our midst
Paul O Manz.

Our chapter dean, Steve Gentile joins me in inviting you to join in
prayer for Paul and his family.

Let us pray.
"Into  your hand, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Paul.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you,
a sheep of your own fold,
a lamb of your own flock,
a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of
everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light." Amen.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev Michael L Edwins, chaplain
Steve Gentile, dean
Twin Cities chapter, American Guild of Organists.

Here is a message from Michael Brone, Producer and Host of PIPEDREAMS

TCAGO Folks,

Our friend and exemplar Paul Manz has died this evening, joining his beloved Ruth where good spirits congregate.  His son John reported that, with the family gathered round the bedside, they had put on a recording of the marvelous choral piece that Paul and Ruth had created, and when the text came round again to ³E¹en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come², Paul breathed his last.

Back in 2001, Paul was featured in a PIPEDREAMS program of his compositions, performances and commentary.  This morning, in anticipation of today¹s inevitability, we upgraded the online audio stream, which can be accessed at any time from any place with a high-speed internet link.

Though we grieve with the family of this marvelous man who has left us, his spirit does and will remain with us, as encouragement and model of a life well lived.


Michael Barone


Here is a link to a tribute to Dr. Manz from Morningstar Press: Morningstar Press Tribute

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