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Christopher Robert Harding

d. December 22, 2016

HARDING, Christopher Robert, 68, of Dorchester died of a malignant brain tumor on December 22, 2016.

He was the son of the late Anneliese (Semar) and Robert A. Harding of Wellesley.

Christopher is survived by his brothers: Peter X. and his wife Kethi (Maw Naing); Fr. Nicholas J. OMI; Luke J. and his wife Conni (Neal); and Mark H. Harding.

In addition, he leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins and a wide circle of devoted friends and colleagues.

A graduate of College du Leman International School in Geneva, Switzerland, Christopher also attended school in Argentina. He was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Yale University and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Applying his education in and passion for William Shakespeare, Chris taught male prisoners at the Suffolk County House of Correction for ten years as well senior citizens at the University of Massachusetts Boston's Osher Life-Long Learning Institute.

In addition, he worked as an arts and entertainment reporter for Neighborhood Network News in Boston, and for a variety of Dorchester newspapers, including the Dorchester Reporter.

Much of the final third of his life was also dedicated to the Men's Movement, organizing national men's events, editing the national Wingspan: Journal of the Male Spirit and editing the anthology Wingspan: Inside the Men's Movement. His other books include A Cop's Cop and Yale Trivia.

Deeply committed to his community, Chris was a volunteer cook at the Paulist Center's Wednesday Night Supper Club, and was actively involved in his St. Teresa parish.

There will be a Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 29th, at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Church of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 800 Columbia Road in Dorchester.

Mass will be followed by a reception at the church and burial at St. Mary's Cemetery, 1 Wellesley Ave, Needham.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations for the poor in the mission of Peru where Chris's brother Fr. Nick serves – US Province, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate - 120 Michigan Ave., NE Washington, DC 20017, check memo Peru Delegation - Chris Harding memorial.
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