Remembering Manuel Ocana: A Strong, Gentle Leader

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday June 7, 2017


The Nyack College Rockland campus was recently informed that Manuel Ocana, an Aramark housekeeping supervisor who in April celebrated his 10-year anniversary, passed away while visiting his family in Ecuador.

Director of the Nyack Facilities Department, Doug Walker had a special relationship with Manuel and shared about this exceptional man who was so well-loved in the campus community. “Manuel expressed how much he was looking forward to resting when he visited his family in Ecuador. He was a strong leader, yet soft-spoken and gentle, one who would come alongside to help get a project done. He was determined to help each individual do his or her tasks well. Richard Lopez, his supervisor, commented that Manuel was extremely neat and organized and this carried over to his team of housekeepers.”

On Manuel’s dedication to his job and the people he worked with, Doug Walker also remarked, “Monday mornings and throughout the week, Manuel would pray with his team before they set off to clean the Nyack and ATS residential campuses. His cheerful smile and encouragement to the entire Facilities team—both tradesmen and housekeepers—brightened our days. We will miss his smile and encouraging words.”

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