Obituary: Noel Cavendish Manners

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Noel Cavendish Manners, age 63, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on April 9, 2022 from coronary complications at St. Helena Adventist Hospital.

Noel grew up in Sacramento and Davis. As an adult he lived in Shelter Cove, Winters and Covelo. He is preceded by his parents John and Solveig Manners and is survived by his wife Tuum, former wife Jill, daughter Tara, son Paul and brother Spencer. Noel dearly loved, and was loved by his family including his grandchildren: Paula, Pamela, Pakapon and Pacifica.

Noel had a kind and generous heart and a gentle soul. His generosity and kindness are remembered by scores of friends who will miss him. His generosity impacted the lives of many, often very significantly.

He was a thoughtful business owner whose success allowed him to contribute regularly to dozens of charities. For years he would set up a food station for participants in the annual reenactment of the Trail of Tears into the Round Valley Reservation.

He was a long-time activist protesting to save the old growth redwoods in Headwaters Forest, often hiking into the heart of the forest and camping there with his son. He was a member of the Hemp Industries Association and helped organize the yearly Hemp Festival at the Matteel Community Center.

Noel loved crossword puzzles, playing his flute, and looking down across his property to Covelo’s Round Valley below. He opened the large pond he built to all who wanted to enjoy a summer swim in a beautiful setting. He travelled often to places like Asia (especially Thailand where his wife and daughter-in-law are from), Latin America and Africa. He hitchhiked across the US when he was 18. Years later he walked across Mali with two local guides, sleeping under the stars. He loved concerts attending dozens of Grateful Dead concerts and many Reggae On The River festivals.

Noel will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. on April 20 (a date special to him) at Davis Cemetery. A celebration of life event will be held at his Covelo ranch on April 23.

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