HOWELL — The Fantasy of Lights Parade returns Friday, and in addition to various holiday events, the holiday festival will honor Grand Marshal Steve Manor, who recently passed away.

Manor resigned from the city council in October and died soon after.

Manor was a local teacher in Howell Public Schools for more than 32 years, leaving Howell High School in 1998. He also taught at the former Michigan Avenue School and Highlander Way High School.

“Sometimes it’s hard to quit, and this was such an opportunity for me, but it’s time,” Minor said last month.

He was elected to the Howell City Council in 1999. He held several positions, including the position of mayor.

“Manor has dedicated countless hours to serving the Howell community,” city officials said in a release. “His involvement in addition to city and council initiatives included Howell Rotary, Parker Skate Park, Countryside Veterinary Dog Park, Livingston County Diversity Council and more.”

Howell ward officials plan to honor Steve Manor as grand marshal.  He recently died after a long stint in city politics.

Earlier this month, Howell Chamber of Commerce President Janelle Best said Manor’s death was a “great loss” to the community.

“Steve just had a big heart,” said Best, who met Manor through Howell Rotary. “His desire to give back to the community was very evident. When a task arose that seemed difficult, he was not afraid to not back down from these problems. I think he’s a really good example that there’s a will, there’s a way.”

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