WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Authorities say a former Portage County physician is dead following a small plane crash in the Tampa Bay area.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports that single-engine plane went down Sunday after taking off from Tampa Aero Park North in Lutz, killing one. Authorities on Monday recovered the body of 59-year-old Dr. Harold Cameron MacManus, who was heading home to Tennessee.
MacManus, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, lived in Pikeville, Tenn. and previously lived and worked in Kent.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Mac was one of the best Doc's I ever worked with. We laughed, learned and he kept us on our toes. Yes, I was younger back then, but working a 12 hr shift at Med Center in Kent was no problem, if Mac was going to be working also. We knew it would be a good time. The patients loved him because he really DID care, and he usually let the patient lead the way. He was really intelligent, but he loved to pull tricks on us and it really made him laugh when he "GOT" one of us. Who else would ever put a live lobster in the employee's toilet? So many wonderful stories we could all tell about him. I know he loved his family so very much and he was proud of all of them. He will be so missed by so many people.
By his age, I think this was the "Dr. Mac" that treated me a few times at the urgent care center near 59&261 in Kent, maybe early eighties? I remember that he was very very nice, friendly, happy,and seemingly very competent. I was sorry when he left his job there, and truly sorry to hear of his passing now. Much sympathy to all his family and friends.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr Macmanus for several years. He earned my respect, and will be greatly missed. My prayers and condolences to the family
Dr. Macmanus was our family Dr. at the MedCenter in Kent. We thought the world of him. I'm just sick inside. RIP Dr. Macmanus. The Schoeneman Family