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“Chris, our mutual friend Donna, and I shared many meals from Naples Pizza during the 1970 school year at Yale, his senior year. Not only did he...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Dan Tilson - Kansas City, MO

“I just learned of Chris's passing.He was passionate about the men's movement which I attended the biannual gathering for many years which benefited...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: kevin merry - Boston, MA

“I am very sad to learn of Chris's death. I first met him in 1972, in my first year at Harvard Law School, when Chris was in graduate school. We...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: ROBERT CUBITTO - Friend

“I just now read of Chris' passing. I am struck by his loss to our community. He was a man dedicated to learning and to connecting people to services...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“I had the privilege of being an OLLI student in Prof Harding's classes. I had been encouraged to take his classes by a friend who was in her 7th year...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Virginia Gannon - S Weymouth, MA

“My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Chris Harding.I know Chris from his strong leadership of the Massachusetts Men's Gathering...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Barry Bailey - Maynard, MA

“Chris has a big spirit and had a big body. I worked side by side with him on the MMG organizing committee for many years. I'll always remember his...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Kirk Jackman - Costa Rica

“Chris touched the lives of hundreds of OLLI students with his knowledge, grace, and humor. His love of Mystery, History, Shakespeare, and the Arts...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Barry Hass - MA - Student

“Chris's classes on movies and mysteries were enjoyed by so many OLLI students.His delight in those subjects shone through. So many of his faithful ...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Virginia Kropas - Boston, MA

“Almost 9 years ago I attended my first weekend at the Massachusetts Men's Gathering. I met a number of good men, among them one of the gathering's...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Rick Sweeney - Ipswich, MA

“To the family of Christopher: It was with a saddened heart that I learned of Chris's passing; I extend to all of you my deepest sympathy. I meet...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Peggy Waters Ryan - South Boston, MA

“I will be forever indebted to Chris!! His spirit of giving was and is very profound indeed. I had the tremendous fortune of going to a men's...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Marty Levin - Cambridge, MA

“For many years i had the pleasure of working with Chris at Neighborhood Network News. As theNews Director I saw first hand the energy and passion he...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Charlie Rasmussen - MILTON, MA

“Our deepest condolences to Chris' family. He was a warm friend.Ned and Nan Daly and Jane Daly Grosskopf. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Ned Daly - Needham, MA

“Deepest Sympathies for Chris's passing. He made a big difference in the world with his men's movement activism. I attended the Massachusetts Men's...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Jim Goulet - Cranston, RI

“Chris, you touched so many and I am grateful to have known you and to have been in workshops with you over the years. Bless you for all the lives you...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Doug Arnold - Mansfield, MA

“So sorry for Chris's passing. He did so much for the men's movement, growth and Massachusetts Men's Gathering, which I attended from the beginning....Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Chris,I can hear your deep belly laughs on MMG talent night. You encouraged and enjoyed people - a wonderful legacy. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Ken Eulie - Andover, MA

“Chris touched HUNDREDS of lives as one of the leaders of the ongoing labor of love that is the Massachusetts Men's Gathering. I will always be...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Will McMillan - Arlington, MA

“Chris will be deeply missed. He has touched me in many ways. I will miss his laughter, humor, and intelligence. He had such great love and caring...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Wayne Williams - Brockton, MA

“May Chris "rest in peace and light perpetual shine on him."Jim ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: James Moore - Worcester,, MA

“Dear Luke and Bros, and their families,As you all know, Uncle Chris had an indomitable spirit! Despite his own struggles in this life, he was there...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: MIL KINSELLA - portsmouth, RI


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.