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Remembering Manuel De Peña

Remembering Manuel De Peña

It is with deep sadness that we share news of the death of our good friend and colleague, Manuel De Peña, Senior Director Field Operations, East Region, for AWS Elemental. Manuel died on May 9, 2018, in a car accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Pam, and his two sons at this time, with whom we share in deeply grieving this loss.

Manuel was a huge part of AWS Elemental’s success and in growing one of the industry’s most unique companies. He brought his passionate and thoughtful approach to every aspect of his work and inspired those around him. His incredible personality could fill a room. Manuel was  a trusted expert and a good friend to so many across the industry. He will be sorely missed.

The journey we all shared with Manuel was much too short. We honor his memory by committing ourselves to finding the inspiration in each day we are given, and to living life with a passionate commitment to kindness and excellence.

Memorial contributions in Manuel's name can be made to The Virginia Tech Foundation on-line by visiting or by mail to:

Virginia Tech Advancement (0336)
Office of Gift Accounting
902 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Please note on your check or correspondence that this gift is for a “scholarship in memory of Manuel De Pena” when mailing tributes or include this note in the Honorary/Memorial Gifts section when making gifts on-line. 

Donations can also be made to the mikeroweWorks Foundation in Manuel's name. This group provides scholarships to people who want to learn a skill or a trade. Donate by check or on-line at - Giving Options.

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