Born in 1951 in Waiuku, New Zealand, Chris was an avid race car enthusiast who loved building and racing cars. He enjoyed going to car rallies in his youth, and his sisters have fond memories of their childhood backyard being filled with old cars that looked like they should be scrap metal, but that somehow always ended up being the coolest cars in town.
Chris was a prankster and always had a trick and a silly grin ready, but was also the one person you could trust with your life.
Chris moved to Canada in 1973, and made his home here. He always loved going home to NZ, and instilled his love of his home country with his family in Canada.
It was impossible not to love Chris, as he always had a smile on his face and an easy laugh in his voice. He was well loved by everyone who knew him, and would give the shirt off his back if it was needed.
Chris is survived by his children: Jason and Cameron Oftebro, Kristy and Amy Gaunt, Harmony Gaunt-Manuel, and Thomas Manuel. Chris is also survived by his sisters Kay Prentice, Lyn Cook, and Viv Duin, and his many friends, nieces, nephews, and brothers-and-sisters-in-law
Chris is predeceased by his parents Tui and Pat Manuel, and his sister Joy Dolbear.
Chris fought a courageous battle against cancer, and kept his infectious smile and positive attitude right to the very end.
The world was made better by Chris’s presence, and he will be sorely missed.