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Christopher Donne Manning (1954F) passing in 2023

Paul Cannon (1954S) visited the Mitre to let us know that an obituary for his friend was missing.

With thanks to Paul Cannon (1954S) and widow Pam Manning for this obituary that we received this week:

May 20, 1936 to August 30, 2023

Chris was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and attended a primary school there. At the age of 13, he was sent as a boarder by train on a 4-day journey to Cape Town and attended Bishops College, in Founders House, following in his uncle's and father's footsteps. In 1955, he went to England to attend Conville and Caius College, Cambridge for three very happy years. He rowed for his college and made many lifelong friends. He studied History, English, and Law. He then went to London and did his bar exams at the Middle Temple in 1958.

After graduating, he returned to Rhodesia and joined the Federal Attorney General's office as a Crown Counsel. In February 1960, he married Pam, whom he had met in London, in Salisbury. When the Federation came to an end and after pursuing many avenues as a Crown Counsel abroad, Chris and Pam moved to Johannesburg with their two very small daughters, and he joined Union Corporation. After several years, he then joined an Investment Company. After many mergers, he decided to change course and joined a construction company, heading up their Administration in Durban, where the family added two more members. Some years later, back in Johannesburg, he joined an Investment and leasing company called LPI, with whom he decided to join in North America in 1977, landing in Montreal, Canada. After two years, the company relocated their offices to Toronto. Chris then decided to join a large Investment company called Burns Fry until he was headhunted several years later to join Chase Manhattan Bank to head up their investment banking in Canada and travelled extensively in the next five years until Chase closed their Investment banks throughout North America. Chris then decided to move into Personal Investment banking and worked in this field until his retirement aged 74.

Upon retiring, Chris, an adventurous and curious soul, moved with Pam to Mexico for eight very interesting and enriching years, only returning at the age of 81 to be closer to family and due to some health problems. After a four-year brave battle with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), a rare terminal illness, he died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.

Chris was a very active person, running, cycling, flying, gliding, camping, sailing, cross-country skiing, and generally enjoying outdoor pursuits. He was a member of the Anglican church throughout his life, taking on various roles. His hobbies were plentiful, enjoying photography, drawing, reading, studying Spanish, and teaching English as a second language while in Mexico.

Chris leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, three daughters, one son, three sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

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