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TTB administrator John Manfreda dies

John Manfreda, administrator of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in the US, has died aged 73.

John Manfreda: ‘Mentor and friend’ (Image credit: TTB)

Manfreda, who died on 25 May, was instrumental in the founding of TTB. He served as the TTB’s first deputy administrator before being appointed administrator in 2005.

He previously worked as chief counsel for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) from 1999-2003, before working for the ATF Counsel and its Internal Revenue Service predecessor for more than 33 years.

“Many of us knew and worked with John for most of our careers. He was a kind and honourable man, with a sincere belief in public service and, through his example, inspired us all to be better keepers of the public trust,” the TTB said in an announcement.

“In his nearly 50 years of government service, John left his mark on nearly all aspects of the federal laws and regulations related to alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.

“Most importantly, though, John was a mentor and a friend. As a visionary who took lessons from the past, he steered us through difficult times and prepared us for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

“John’s passion for his work was evident to all who knew him, as was his unparalleled dedication to TTB’s workforce.

“As we mourn John’s passing, we also rededicate ourselves to serving in his model, continuing to administer TTB’s vital mission for the public and the industries regulated by TTB. We appreciate your patience and support as we work through this difficult time.”

Chris Swonger, president and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council (Discus) and, said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of TTB administrator John Manfreda.

“He has been a friend and colleague to so many of us in the spirits industry and he will be sorely missed. John exemplified the best in public service and will be remembered as a great steward of TTB.

“He always had an open door to discuss industry concerns; made customer service a top priority; and implemented the Bureau’s mission with innovative solutions.

“Discus and its members remain grateful for John’s dedication, service and support of our industry over the decades.”

Manfreda is survived by his wife Rosemary, three children and nine grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Friday 31 May at the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel at Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland.

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