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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rudolph ‘Chip’ Damiani, 69

Rudolph “Chip” Damiani of New Haven, drummer for The Remains, a garage rock band with Westport roots, died Feb. 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He was 69.

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Rudolph “Chip Damiani: legendary Remains drummer. Contributed photo

He was born in Waterbury June 16, 1945 to Rudolph and Jeanette Long Damiani. He was most recently the president of Airtite Home Improvement, Inc.

He was the well known and respected drummer for the 1960s rock band The Remains. Formed in 1964 in Boston, while the band members were students at Boston University, they were eventually recognized as one of America’s finest hard rock bands.

The group included Westport’s Barry Tashian, who offered this tribute: “We skate along in life assuming something like this will never happen. When it does we’re left in a state of shock that’s very hard to reconcile.

“It’s so unexpected and devastating. Chip was our much-loved band mate of 50 years. We were just planning our 50th anniversary tour. I’m sure I speak for Bill and Vern when I say that we’re very grateful for the time we shared with Chip and the fun we had together.”

Fabled heroes in their home town of Boston, the Remains appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, and are best known for being one of the opening acts for the Beatles’ final U.S. tour in 1966.

Thirty two years later, in 1998, the band reunited for a European tour which led to a permanent reunion in 2002. They were the subject of a 2004 off-Broadway musical (“All Good Things”) and a 2008 documentary, “America’s Lost Band.”

He was the husband of Maria Brancati Damiani, father of Robbin Milici-Ashenfelter, Christopher Rudolph and Michael Damiani, brother of Sandra Rearden and Carol Ann Damiani Ericson, grandfather of Dylan Andreas and Giuliana Grey Damiani.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4–8 p.m. at the Iovanne Funeral Home Inc., 11 Wooster Place, Waterbury. Interment service will be held Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. in St. Lawrence Mausoleum. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery office by 10:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, IRIS. An online condolence book is available at http://www.iovanne.com.

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