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Woodbury, Connecticut

The Roland Manzi Sr. and Jr. Scholarship

Established October 8, 1997

By the Roland Manzi Family

Roland Manzi Sr.

Roland Manzi Sr. grew up in Woodbury and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1940. After serving his country in World War II, he returned to Woodbury. He became a real estate broker and a licensed insurance agent and joined his wife, Bea and his brother, Edward, in establishing Woodbury Insurance Agency, a business that they owned and operated for more that 50 years. In 1981 he was voted Realtor of the Year for the Litchfield County Board of Realtors and was elected president of the organization in 1984.

Roland was a very active volunteer in the community of Woodbury including the American Legion, the Republican Town Committee, the Woodbury Male Chorus, and the Woodbury Town Players. He was a parishioner of St. Teresa’s Church where he sang in the choir and was a member of the Holy Name Society.

He was also a member of the Lions Club where he served in many club capacities for more than 56 years including secretary and president. In 1995 he was honored to receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest award given by the Lions Club International Foundation for his dedicated humanitarian services.

Roland Manzi Jr.

Roland Manzi Jr. grew up in Woodbury and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1968. He lived in New York City for many years and later came home and worked in sales in the family insurance business, Woodbury Insurance Agency.

His many interest included gourmet cooking and gardening, and he especially liked growing flowers. In fact, he often said that if he weren’t in insurance, he would have loved to own his own garden shop.

Roland took an active interest in politics and was a member of the Woodbury Democratic Town Committee. He was also a justice of the peace.

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