PLATTSBURGH A man known for his many contributions to the North Country has died. Michael J. Mannix, 66, passed away Tuesday night following a battle with cancer. Born Nov. 7, 1941, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Martin D. and Gertrude J. (Kennedy) Mannix. Mr. Mannix graduated in 1959 from St. John's Academy, Plattsburgh, where he was active in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to attend the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and later served in the U.S. Army. He served in Germany from 1961-1964 during the Cold War and the building of the Berlin Wall. Upon returning home in 1964, he worked for Keebler Baking Co. and Tobin Packing and began his career as a sportscaster for WIRY 1340 AM radio. He became news and sports director and worked there for more than 40 years. He married Judith Tucker, Colton, Oct. 14, 1967. Mr. Mannix served as executive director of United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. from 1984 until his retirement in 2006. He was also a member of the boards of directors for the North Country Regional Workforce Investment Board, Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, Plattsburgh State University College Foundation, Adirondack Community Action Program, United Way of New York State, New York State Small City Schools and the CVPH Foundation; and member of the AmeriCorps Advisory Board and New York State United Way Professional Advisory Committee. He also held the position of vice president of the Joint Council For Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties Board of Directors, and served as a member and eventually president of the Plattsburgh City School District Board of Education. In 1994, he was named "Irishman of the Year" by the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his wife, Mr. Mannix is survived a daughter, Colleen Mannix, Burlington, Vt., and a daughter and her husband, Cathy and Steve Mix, Winchester, Mass., and two grandchildren, Luke and Ellie Mix. He is also survived by six siblings Tom and Ric Mannix, Sonora, Calif.; Pat Davies, Red Bluff, Calif.; Tim and Cathy Mannix, Cary, N.C.; Marty and Peg Mannix, Plattsburgh; Katie and Steve Gluck, Beekmantown; and Molly and Marlin Gerber, Cedar Park, Tex. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Where to begin saying something about Mike Mannix? He was the gold standard among human beings always upbeat, never shied away from a challenge, a giving-heart as big as Ive ever seen," said Daniel E. Alexander, owner and publisher of Denton Publications, the corporation which publishes this newspaper. "I am honored to have known this man as a friend. Im sure heaven is brighter place today with Mike in the ranks of the saints. A mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Peter's Church, Plattsburgh. Burial will be this spring in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Colton. Calling hours were held Thursday at Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Mannix's name to the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, CVPH Fitzpatrick Cancer Center, or to a charity of one's choice.