SOUTHINGTON — A local carpenter and teacher is being remembered as a man who was passionate about his career and for having a positive impact on students.
Authorities in New Britain informed Southington police Tuesday that Charles Davenport, 56, missing since Nov. 27, was found dead in New Britain, Southington police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said.
New Britain police are investigating his death.
“Our hearts go out to Mr. Davenport’s family, his students and colleagues at Wilcox and the Connecticut Technical High School System family during this difficult time,” state Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said in a statement. “We understand that people react to loss in different ways and Wilcox will be making counseling services available to anyone at the school who may need to speak to their counselor or go to the guidance office.”
Davenport worked as a carpenter. He taught at Wilcox Tech for two years and was a softball coach for “many years.”
Melissa Look, whose two sons were in Davenport’s class, said he was “new” to the school, but ”his impact on the staff and students was tremendous.”
She added; “He was a great guy, well-known all over the school and will be missed by everybody.”
John Leary, a Southington resident who hired Davenport for some work, said he was also a good carpenter.
“(He) did an awesome job,” Leary said. “He was very passionate about his work and we had many good conversations about our families, pets, and Southington. He loved his hometown.”