David Minton Ward ’80 of Marblehead, MA, died on January 28 after a long battle with cancer. He was 58. Ward was a pianist at Berklee and had a lifelong career in software design, working for a number of blue-chip companies. He is survived by his life companion, Elizabeth Haynie; son Nathaniel; and father, Thomas.
Raymond W. Dunbrack ’86 of Everett, MA, died unexpectedly in January 2006. He was 42. Dunbrack was the son of Raymond and Judith Dunbrack; and the father of Andrea and Meaghan.
Daniel Branca ’53 of Johnston, RI, died on February 26. He was 91. Branca owned Progressive Studios of Music. He was also a veteran of World War II and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Branca is survived by his wife, Angela; children Joseph, Diane, and Daniel; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donald J. Chamberlain ’79 of Mount Vernon, IA, died on January 11. He was 61. Chamberlain was a music professor emeritus at Cornell College, where he taught from 1994 until his retirement in 2012. Chamberlain was also an accomplished jazz guitarist and composer.
Shane Gibson ’03 died on April 15. He was 35. Gibson earned his degree in Music Therapy. He was the touring guitarist for the band Korn for four years, performed with the acts stOrk and SchwarZenatoR, and appeared on instructional DVDs. He is survived by parents Lee and Elaine; brother Aaron; and fiancée Jenny Mason.
Christopher Hattingh of Cocoa, FL, died in his native South Africa on December 24, 2013. He was a guitarist and drummer as well as an avid surfer and outdoorsman. Hattingh was also a computer-aided designer and author of the book The Sword of Magna. He is survived by his daughter Kristen, brother Patrick, and former wife, Louise.
Thaddeus Iorizzo ’80 of Oswego, NY, passed away on January 3. He was 55. Iorizzo was a jazz and classical bassist who performed with the Binghamton, NY, symphony orchestra, and he directed the New Horizon Band. He was also a published artist and cartoonist. Iorizzo is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons Linus and Rinaldo; parents Luciano and Marilee.
Former Berklee guitar instructor Chester J. Krolewicz (aka Chet Kruley) of Marshfield, MA, died on November 27, 2013. He was 89. During his career, Krolewicz performed with Fletcher Henderson, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, and many others. He toured with a variety of Broadway shows, and taught many students, including Gábór Szabo ’59 and Patty Larkin ’74. He was also a respected luthier. Krolewicz is survived by several nieces and nephews.
John J. Lettieri ’70 of Jupiter, FL, died unexpectedly on March 10. He was 66. Lettieri served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and he was an accomplished organist who performed at a variety of area clubs.
Tyler Weatherston Otto ’11 of Guilford, CT, passed away suddenly on January 24. He was 28. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Otto was a carpenter’s apprentice and an avid sailor and hiker. He is survived by his parents Darlene and John; and his brother Jonathan.