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Rafael C. Laredo, Chemical Engineer

Rafael Caturla Laredo of Southbury, a former Westport resident who worked in the chemical industry, died Nov. 22. He was 90.

Born in Havana, Cuba, on May 20, 1920, Laredo came to the United States when he was 15 and attended Fork Union Military Academy. A 1944 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering, Laredo was a Westport resident from 1964 until 2007.

He started his career at Monsanto Chemicals and later worked with Liquid Carbonic where he was responsible for building and managing dry ice plants in Mexico City, Havana and Santiago, Chile.

Laredo conducted business throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. In 1964, he began working with George Meyer Co. and later with the Diversey Chemical Corp.

A sailor, he enjoyed spending his days on the Long Island Sound in the family catboat.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Duncan Laredo; brother Octavio Laredo; daughter Susan Thompson and husband Bill of Westport; sons Rafael Laredo and wife Vicky of Daphne, Ala., and Andrew Laredo and wife Marianne of Westport; and four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Silvia Aparicio.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 75 Myrtle Ave., Westport. Burial will follow in Christ and Holy Trinity Church cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be left on the Harding Funeral website .

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