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D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

Anthony Iafrate

November 15, 1960July 20, 2020

Anthony “Tony” Iafrate, 59, of Chester, loving husband of Vicki (Riggle) Iafrate, peacefully journeyed Home surrounded by his caring family on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Hartford Hospital after an acute brief illness. Born in Jamaica, NY on November 15, 1960, a son of the late Arcangelo and Rosina Iafrate, he had been a resident of Stamford for most of his life. Tony was a graduate of Hofstra University in Uniondale, NY where he earned a B.S. Degree in Economics and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Economics from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.

Tony was employed for Gen Re Insurance in Stamford for 27 years as an Actuary and presently was the Chief Product Officer for Middle and Large Commercial at The Hartford Insurance Group in Hartford. He was a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), and was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Tony enjoyed riding his motorcycle, gardening, and watching soccer, especially his favorite team, Roma of the Serie A in the Italian League. Proud of his Italian heritage, Tony loved cooking Italian dishes for his family and friends to enjoy, along with Korean short ribs. He also liked traveling with his wife, Vicki, especially to Italy where he spoke Italian with everyone.

In addition to his beloved wife Vicki, Tony is survived by four sons, Daniel Iafrate of Norwalk, Skyler Iafrate of West Hartford, Mathew Iafrate of Niantic, Michael Iafrate of Norwalk; a daughter, Autumn Iafrate of Chester; two step-daughters, Jessica Primm and her husband, Brandon, of Alaska, Emily Steele of Columbus, OH; and his grandson, Mason Primm of Alaska. He also leaves his sister, Diane Iafrate of Franklin Square, Long Island, NY; his mother-in-law, Marge Riggle of Millersburg, OH; three sisters-in-law, Michelle Rodhe and her husband, Kurt, of Ohio, Debbie Aten of Charlotte, NC, Jodi Cain and her husband, Del, of Canton, OH; loving relatives in Italy; several other relatives, co-workers, and dear friends.

A Memorial Celebration of Life honoring Tony will be Friday, July 24, 2020 at Liam E. McGee Park on the campus of The Hartford, Frazier Place entrance, Hartford beginning at 9:15 am. Private burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a contribution to the Actuarial Science Program at Columbia University, a program very near to Tony’s heart. Anyone who wishes to contribute to a fund in his name should visit www.givenow.columbia.edu. Select “School of Professional Studies” under “funds” and indicate that the gift is in memory of Tony Iafrate, when prompted. These donations will be allocated to the Program for Actuarial Science.” The D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.

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Alfred Bergbauer Jr

July 24, 2020

Dear Iafrate Family,

I want to express my most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Tony was a trusted colleague who became a friend to me. I valued his dry wit and steady approach to life. He carried the burden of being the smartest person in the room with stoic resolve. One of his most endearing qualities was his ability to listen to others and acknowledge their contributions and incorporate them into his work and life. His sincerity and ability to touch others could be disarming at times. He was a rare and truly kind man who I enjoyed working with very much.
The world lost a great person this week.

I am sorry that I will not be able to join you in person for the celebration of Tony's exemplary life. I will be with you in spirit.

With deepest sympathies, Alfred Bergbauer

"Death is the starlit strip between the companionship of yesterday and the reunion of tomorrow." Mark Twain

Nigel Finlay

July 24, 2020

I was very saddened to hear of Tony’s passing. Working with Tony was always a pleasant experience. He was professional, courteous and always helpful. Those of us in London who were lucky enough to engage with him benefited from his wisdom and experience. My condolences to all of his family.

Cory Popovich

July 24, 2020

I was so very sorry to hear about Tony's passing. My thoughts are with his family during this sad time.

Sincerely,
Cory

Donna Fedor

July 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to Tony's family.

Lewis Palca

July 24, 2020

Before retiring in 2014 from General Re, I worked closely with Tony his entire career. I was the individual responsible for Workers’ Compensation/Employer’s Liability in the home office claim department. Besides being an accomplished and consummate professional, and an associate I relied on constantly, Tony was a caring and good friend. Sadly, he was taken from us far too soon, and I express my deepest condolences to his loving family on losing a devoted father who I know loved his family with all his heart.

Russ Buckley

July 22, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I worked with Tony at the Hartford and I always enjoyed his wry wit. He will be missed.

With my deepest sympathies,

Russ Buckley

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