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Manuel M. Fernandez, 75, civic leader

Manuel M. Fernandez, a Tampa City council member who served two terms in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Saturday (July 1, 1995) in Tampa. He was 75.

Sam Mirabella, who served on the council under four different mayors with Mr. Fernandez, cited his support for the construction of Tampa Stadium, the downtown police station and public library and the beach on the Courtney Campbell Parkway as evidence of his progressiveness.

"He went along with a lot of things that were needed then. . . . He was very progressive for his area of West Tampa," Mirabella said.

Another former City Council member, Lee Duncan, remembered Mr. Fernandez as both a personal friend and friend to his constituents.

"We've always been good friends, since high school," Duncan said. "He was real likable. . . . He loved being with the public."

Mr. Fernandez was born in Key West and lived in Tampa most of his life. He owned Tampa M&F Enterprises Inc., a general contracting company.

In addition to his time on the City Council, Mr. Fernandez was a member of the City-County Planning Commission and past president of the West Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the West Tampa Optimist Club and was named Outstanding Citizen of West Tampa in 1968.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He is survived by a son, Allen R. of Tampa; and two sisters, Carmen Alonso and Aurora Rosales, both of Tampa. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Roel & Curry Funeral Home, 4730 N Armenia Ave. A graveside service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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