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Renato Tafur

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Renato Tafur

AGE: 77 • Lima, Peru

Renato Isidro Tafur Portilla, 77, passed away on November 1st, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Renato was born in Lima, Peru to Isidro Tafur and Rosa Portilla on August 11, 1939. He attended High School at Colegio Alfonso Ugarte and went on to earn his degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima in 1969. He studied at the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan where he met his future wife, Miho Kono. They married on July 14, 1972 while Renato was a graduate student at the School of Chemistry at the University of Texas. Upon completion of his Masters Degree, the couple moved to Peru where Renato spent two years as Professor of Chemical Engineering at Universidad Nacional de San Marcos. He then briefly worked for the Ministry of Industry, Government of Peru before moving on to the private sector as a Chemical Engineer for DuPont Peru. His son, Renato Jr, was born in Oita Japan in 1973. His daughter, Catherine, was born in Lima Peru in 1976. Renato moved his family to Wilmington, Delaware in 1984 to continue his work with DuPont. They lived there until 2014, when they moved to Austin Texas for their retirement.

Renato enjoyed running, playing tennis at the DuPont country club, playing his favorite card game of telefunken with the family, and making others laugh. He attended Catholic Mass on Sundays at St. John the Beloved in Wilmington, Delaware. After retirement he volunteered his time mentoring low income children.

Renato is survived by his wife, Miho, his son, Renato, and his daughter, Catherine. He is loved dearly by his family, who are eternally grateful for his admirable hard work to lift them out of poverty, his perseverance and love through hardships, and his exemplary moral integrity.

An intimate service for immediate family is being held for his cremation. A larger celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements under the care of Beck Funeral Home, Austin, TX 512-244-3772
Published in The News Journal on Nov. 5, 2016
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