OBITUARY

Christopher Emerson Prinn

January 19, 1970January 26, 2021
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Yarmouth- Christopher Emerson Prinn, 51, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 26. He was born on January 19, 1970, the second child of Charles and Frances Prinn of Yarmouth. He attended Yarmouth schools, excelled in all sports, but particularly hockey, baseball and golf. He also displayed a natural talent for drawing and painting from a very young age. In high school, he lettered in golf, hockey and baseball all four years, earning All Conference recognition in golf and hockey as well as being captain on all three teams. He scored the game-winning goal in the first of two back-to-back Hockey State Championships. His love for hockey and for his Yarmouth community would be a common thread throughout his life.

He majored in marketing at Babson, graduating in 1992. He also studied abroad in London, his favorite city, which he would visit many times in his life. He first worked at the Vreeland Ad Agency, then at L.L.Bean as an Art Director in the brand-new E-Commerce department. In 1999, he joined his brother-in-law and two other partners to found Portland Webworks. He was the Creative Director for just over 21 years, creating award winning websites and interfaces for local and national clients.

He married Jennifer Davis, a Yarmouth classmate, in 1998. The couple have two sons, Oliver, 16, and Atticus, 15. Both are current students at Yarmouth High School, carrying on the Clipper pride. Christopher loved coaching youth sports, including baseball, but especially hockey. He served on the Board of Casco Bay Hockey, where he created the recognizable salty mariner logo/mascot. He coached his sons on numerous Casco Bay teams and coached their Yarmouth Harrison Middle School teams for four years, a role that he loved dearly. Leading the team to win the Southern Maine Middle School Boys State Championship in the highest tiered Soule Division in 2018. He has also been active on the Board of the Yarmouth Hockey Boosters for many years, where he created the Yarmouth Hockey Clipper ship logo that has subsequently been adopted by much of Yarmouth High School. He shared a love of hockey with Oliver and he built a backyard rink every year, which he named “The Prinnk”. They would spend hours together skating, watching hockey, having chalk talk and pressing rewind to watch a “sick” goal. Christopher still played in two men’s hockey leagues every week - his love of the game never waned. Both he and Jenny have been very involved in youth activities - always supporting their boys’ interests, with Oliver participating in soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, and Atticus playing leading roles in plays and musicals.

Christopher was a problem solver, a fixer of things, and a provider. He was humble and giving and was always the funniest person in the room, with his wickedly clever, quick wit. His smile was infectious and huge - and always accompanied by a sparkle in his eyes. He hated to read, but loved to write and he wrote profusely. He loved the power of words mixed with rhythm. He wrote mostly children’s stories in stunning rhyming verse, which he expertly and beautifully illustrated. His drawing style was simple, bold, and always recognizable. He recently completed and illustrated a children’s book that had been years in the making. He proudly had it bound into a beautiful hardcover book. He was the king of original ditties and jingles. Christopher wrote funny little songs for everything - his repertoire was vast, and those who knew him knew all the songs. He even created short theme songs for each of his sons. Christopher loved a good catchy jingle, but he also had a great love and appreciation of music. He listened to everything including songs from Musicals, to U2, Motley Crue, the Pixies, British music, Weezer, Van Halen, the Beastie Boys and the Cult. He took guitar lessons in high school, but primarily taught himself how to play over the years. You could find Christopher on the couch, next to his Irish Terrier Harvey, every evening with his guitar in his hand. He always joked that he couldn’t sing and play at the same time (and yes, he had a ditty about this too), but he had a beautiful voice and perfect pitch. A gift that he passed on to both his sons.

He could do the newspaper Jumble in under 5 minutes, all in his head, without ever looking at it - you only needed to read it out loud to him. Christopher liked to design and build things out of wood, including many beautiful built-ins in his home, a skill inherited from his Emerson grandfather. As he always said, “If one nail is good, 20 are better”. Christopher loved to watch movies, especially with his brother or Atticus. He loved to have long talks with Atticus about the universe, parallel dimensions, time travel and other deep philosophical subjects. They shared a deep love of plays, musicals, drawing and writing. Christopher loved The Karate Kid and was pleased when his boys were old enough to appreciate it with him. Christopher was a gifted storyteller, and could weave a tale like no other, while leaving your side aching from laughter. He was kind and generous and always looked to lighten the load of others, and to help ease the tension in the room. He would break out his crazy dance moves on school mornings when the boys were running late to lighten the mood. He made a mean breakfast every Sunday morning for his family, one that would rival any restaurant. And his “Paula Dean” French Toast Casserole was famous far and wide.

Christopher was a man of honor, a man that had a smile for everyone and a man who loved his family fiercely. He was infinitely proud of his two sons and of the smart, kind, hard working, funny young men they have become. He particularly loved that they had the same sense of humor- which caused his raucous “tea kettle” laugh on a daily basis. He will be forever missed.

In addition to his wife Jenny, and his sons, Oliver and Atticus, Christopher is survived by his sister Elizabeth Manganello of Falmouth, along with her husband Edward, and son Sam. He also leaves a younger brother, Chuck, of Westbrook.

He is survived by his parents, Prinn aunts and uncles, Julia Pew of Yarmouth, and Charles Emerson of Brunswick, as well as some 47 cousins, and his brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Gia Davis and his niece and nephew, Caroline and William.

Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Due to covid restrictions the Mass is private but those wishing to view a livestream of the Mass may do so on the Facebook page of Lindquist Funeral Home, https://m.facebook.com/Lindquist-Funeral-Home starting just before noon.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Prinn, Father
  • Frances Prinn, Mother
  • Jennifer (Davis) Prinn, Wife
  • Oliver Prinn, Son
  • Atticus Prinn, Son
  • Elizabeth Manganello (Edward Manganello), Sister
  • Sam Manganello, Nephew
  • Chuck Prinn, Brother
  • Justin Davis (Gia Davis), Brother-in-law
  • Caroline Davis, Niece
  • William Davis, Nephew

Services

  • Visiting Hours

    Thursday, February 4, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 6, 2021

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Marcia Renner

February 10, 2021

Christopher lived such an amazing, and full life, surrounded by countless friends and his loving family. We so enjoyed reading about his many, sports-related, ventures... AND his many talents. It is difficult to imagine how he accomplished so much in such a short time... though, from what we understand, everything that Christopher tackled, he did exceptionally well... and always with a huge smile on his face!

We have such fond memories of sharing special times with the Prinn Family, (many years ago) both, in Philadelphia, PA and Yarmouth, Maine. Our hearts and prayers are with Christopher's entire family... most especially his wife, two amazing sons, brother, sister, and parents.
Sending special virtual hugs to our dear friends, Effie & Charlie Prinn

Tom Snow

February 6, 2021

All of the Snows are sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Prinn, Manganello, and Davis families. We remember Chris as a person of radiant positivity, generosity, and true goodness. Our hearts are with you today and our prayers for everyone in your family, especially Jen, Atticus, and Oliver, will also be in the days ahead. With our sincere and heartfelt condolences ~ Tom, Michelle, Finn & Eli Snow

Sheri Landry

February 6, 2021

I have so many memories of Chris! I think the first time I met Chris was as Jimmy’s date to his wedding with Jenny of course. From that time forward we would spend the next 20 plus year visiting the Prinn’s on our annual summer trip to Maine. Chris was jist always so sweet and funny and just a god person to be around. He and jimmy shared some really special times together at Highschool in Yarmouth which I’m sure they’ve told everyone about how they won the first ever hockey state championship and proudly wore their varsity jackets!:). Just a few weeks ago I created a video for Jimmys birthday and Chris of course stepped in and sent the Funniest video for Jimmy with his whole family in hockey helmets and yes...his old hockey varsity clippers jacket lol! It brought tears to Jimmys eyes then and will be a cherished memory for us to have now that truly shows Chris spirit and ultimate friendship that we, and esp Jimmy will never forget! To Jenny, Oliver and Atticus, we love you guys and are always here for you! We will always remember Chris and what a special and caring person that he was and will carry on in the boys! Love, Sheri

Mike Zimmerman

February 6, 2021

We had the pleasure of getting to know Chris as he coached Mark for several years of middle school hockey. His positivity, sense of fun and love of the game was infectious and Mark loved the game despite our often poor record. For Chris, it was about learning to work together and celebrating the small victories in their improvements as players. I used to bump into Chris regularly in Portland as our offices were very near each other and would catch up on family and hockey news. My hearts goes out to Jenny and the boys but I know that our lives were all better for having Chris in them.

Don Prince

February 4, 2021

Although I never knew Christopher, his beautiful obituary has traces of his parents woven throughout.

I’ve been so fortunate to be a friend of his fathers for over 60 years so I recognize the humor, quick wit, bigger than life smile, and the ability to light up any room - traits he inherited from his dad.

So whenever any of Christopher’s friends grow weary of his passing, visit his dad and mom and you’ll be refreshed with the love, joy, and humor that can be found throughout the Prinn family

God bless Christopher’s family and give comfort to all who knew him.

Lisa MacCullough

February 4, 2021

Jen,
Aaron and I can't say enough how sad we are. We've been thinking of you all week. Wishing much love to you and your boys, your brother and the many, many people who's lives Chris made better.

Love, Lisa and Aaron

Mike Haggett

February 3, 2021

Thinking of all in the family here with deep regard and sympathy in this loss of Chris. May his memory and his legacy be never forgotten. May each of you be comforted in God's grace going forward. #ClipperStrong

VERONIQUE MCAREE

February 2, 2021

Dear Jenny,
My condolences, prayers and warm hugs are with you and your boys. Love the words shared and memories you’ll keep of his beautiful life., xo Veronique

thomas McNaboe

February 2, 2021

Charlie and Frances , Sincerest sympathies. Tom, Janice, TJ, Michael, Brian and Tony McNaboe.

Brenda Roy

February 1, 2021

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Chris. What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful soul. My thoughts are with Jenny, Oliver, Atticus and the entire Prinn family.
Sending love your way.

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