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Rafael O. Laredo, 70

Rafael O. Laredo of Daphne, AL, died Oct. 22, 2020. He was 70. The cause was a lung disorder.

Rafael was born in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct. 6, 1950. His father, Rafael C. Laredo, was Cuban, and his mother, Ann (Duncan) Laredo, was American. Known as Rafa, he grew up in Mexico, Cuba, and Chile, moving to Westport in 1964. He graduated in 1968 from Staples High School , and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Hartford, CT. Over the years he worked for AVCO Lycoming in Stratford, CT and Teledyne in Houston, Texas. Later, he owned Alloytek Metallurgical Services in Daphne, AL, and was employed by Jet Parts Engineering.

Rafa and his wife Vicky (Pasternak) settled in Daphne, AL in the early 1980s. Vicky predeceased Rafa in 2019. Rafa loved sailing on Mobile Bay with his friend Dennis Hawkins. He belonged to Fairhope Yacht Club.

Survivors include his brother Andrew F. Laredo of Westport, CT, his sister Susan L. Thompson of Higganum, CT, nieces Karolina Laredo, Christina Muro, and Marisa Beauchemin; and nephew Willie Thompson. His father and mother predeceased him.

There will be a memorial gathering to celebrate his life after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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