Monday, November 29, 2010
Rafael Caturla Laredo of Southbury died on Nov. 22 after suffering a stroke. He was 90.
Rafael C. Laredo: 43-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
The patriarch of his family, he was a resident of Westport from 1964 until 2007.
He was born in Havana, Cuba, on May 20, 1920, a son of the late Octavio and Silvia Laredo. He left Cuba at age 15 and was educated in the United States, where he attended Fork Union Military Academy and was a 1944 graduate of MIT in chemical engineering.
His career started with Monsanto Chemicals, and then with Liquid Carbonic, where he was responsible for building and managing dry ice plants in Mexico City, Mexico, Havana, Cuba, and Santiago, Chile.
He traveled extensively and conducted business throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. In 1964 he moved to the U.S. with George Meyer Co., and then with the Diversey Chemical Corp.
A sailor, he loved days on the Long Island Sound in the family catboat.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Duncan Laredo; his brother, Octavio Laredo; his daughter, Susan Thompson and her husband, Bill of Westport; his son, Rafael Laredo and his wife, Vicky of Daphne, Ala.; and his son, Andrew Laredo and his wife, Marianne of Westport. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Karolina Laredo of Westport, Christina Muro of Durham, Willie Thompson of Brooklyn, N.Y. Marisa Beauchemin of Providence, R.I.; his great-granddaughter, Julia Muro; several nieces and nephews; and by a close Thompson family friend, Sarah St. Jacques and her son, Slade of Providence, R,I.
His sister, Silvia Aparicio, predeceased him.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport. Interment will follow in Christ and Holy Trinity Church cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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