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Christopher W. Duarte

1967 - 2018
Christopher W. Duarte Obituary
Christopher W Duarte, 51, formerly of Windsor, CT, died on June 26, 2018. He is survived by his daughter, Leilani Rose Duarte, his parents, Charles and Wallis Duarte, sisters Kristin W Duarte and Jennifer W Duarte, brother David C Duarte, former wife Mydung Nguyen Duarte and his favorite cat Boris. Born in Bridgeport, CT, May 14, 1967, he grew up in Woodbury, CT where he graduated from Nonnewaug High School, class of 1985. After graduating from Nonnewaug, he joined the Connecticut Army National Guard and served on Indirect Fire Infantry (11C) from 1985 to 1993. In 1990, he earned a BA in Geography from the University of Connecticut where he played saxophone in the UCONN Marching Band and Pep Band and belonged to the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. From 1991 to 1993, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa as a sanitation worker and also worked on the Africare River Blindness Control project. Chris loved to tinker. This interest ran the gamut from cars to stereo equipment, computers and even barbeque. He developed an interest in mid-century tube amplifiers and enjoyed experimenting with different tubes to see how it changed the sound quality of the music, often getting into spirited discussions about which speakers sounded best. He also enjoyed explaining the virtues of vacuum tubes to Leilani. He had a wide range of hobbies that always kept him busy, including: boating, reading, sailing, playing guitar, target shooting, photography (especially fireworks), stained glass, machining and was a skilled mechanic with cars and motorcycles, regularly helping family members and friends to fix things. Chris had a wry sense of humor and was very particular when it came time to bake his favorite version of brownies. Over the past several years he began cooking meat in smokers and frying whole turkeys in hot oil for his family and friends. He became quite adept at infusing and smoking meat for barbecuing. Often frustrated with the lack of leftovers, he eventually began demanding people to "bring your own damn meat." He had considerable expertise in computer language, excelling in IT networking and security. A 10:00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor, CT.
Published in The Hartford Courant on July 1, 2018
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