Christopher F. Manning, MD, obituary

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 5:00pm

ROCKLAND — Christopher F. Manning, MD, age 80, passed away on January 5, 2022. Services will be planned for a later date, when family and friends may celebrate his life together safely.

Born in New York City, July 26, 1941, he was the second of two sons of John and Clare Manning. 

He attended Regis High School in New York City, graduating in 1959.  The Jesuit education he received at Regis shaped his desire to be of service to the wider community through the pursuit of a career in medicine. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University in 1963. He continued his study at the Georgetown University School of Medicine where he earned his MD. After completing residencies in Rochester, New York, Cleveland, Ohio and San Francisco, California, Chris chose to settle in Midcoast Maine where in 1974, he set up private practice as an ENT/Head and Neck surgery specialist in Knox County. 

Dr. Manning served the Midcoast region including the many communities within Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties for 30 years before retiring in 2006. He took a personal interest in each of his patients and worked tirelessly to find solutions to their health challenges. Chris loved sailing on Penobscot Bay in his classic sailboat and canoeing on the many lakes and ponds of the Midcoast region.   

Predeceased by his parents and his brother, John of Beverly, Massachusetts; Chris is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Virginia; his three children, Maura, Christopher and Eleanor; his sons-in-law, Greg and Andrew; his daughter-in-law, Stephanie; and his five wonderful grandchildren: Beatrice, Patrick, Molly, James and Ernest. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rockland District Nursing by check mailed to RDNA, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, ME 04841, or online at Please be sure to indicate that this gift is in memory of Dr. Manning in the memo.

To share a memory or story with Dr. Manning’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.