THANK YOU TO A YMCA LEGEND
Ralph G. Mann
October 6, 1929 to August 4, 2020
On August 4, 2020, our YMCA and the entire Southington community lost one of its greatest gentleman and a true YMCA legend – Ralph G. Mann. Ralph has lived in Southington, CT since 1936 when his family moved to town. He was a graduate of the Lincoln Lewis High School in 1946 and lived the rest of his life in the town of Southington, a community he loved and has given heart and soul to for many decades. “At the age of 90, Ralph would tell you himself that he lived a wonderful life in a great town that he cared very much about. He would tell you that he was blessed to have been surrounded by a loving family and great friends. I know this to be true, because these were his words to me on several occasions during our visits together earlier this year” stated Mark Pooler, YMCA CEO.
Ralph was known for his many roles in the community. Most notably might be his days at Southington Savings Bank from 1955 to 1992, with the last 10 years of his career being the Bank President. Ralph helped many families while at the bank. He can often be heard telling stories of how he gave people their first mortgage or helped out a struggling family with a loan when other banks would not. That is just the kind of man Ralph was; kind, caring and compassionate.
Ralph did not just live and work in the town of Southington – he gave back! Countless hours of volunteer time to various organization and numerous monetary donations that show his philanthropic pride and willingness to help others. Ralph heavily supported First Congregational Church, several community/civic organizations and of course the YMCA. His work in the community did not go unnoticed as he won countless awards for donating his time, talents and treasures. “I asked Ralph one day out of all the awards that he had won over the years, which one was his favorite. He said, ‘come on – I will show you’. He led me upstairs in his house and showed me a picture of a group of young kids from YMCA Camp Sloper holding up letters that said: ‘THANK YOU’. We had given that to Ralph a few years back for his continued support of the Y. Ralph told me that of all the plaques, trophies and awards he has gotten, this one was his favorite. He looked at me and said ‘Mark, it is all about the kids – they are the future’. That moment always stuck with me” stated Pooler.