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Bel-Ray Performance Lubricants mourns regional sales manager

Baptie is shown at the Metstrade show in Amsterdam.

Baptie is shown at the Metstrade show in Amsterdam.

Christopher J. “Chris” Baptie, regional sales manager at Bel-Ray Performance Lubricants, died Nov. 3 at his home in Clayton, N.C. He was 36.

Jim Self, general manager of the marine division of Calumet Branded Products LLC, said Baptie joined Bel-Ray as Southeast regional sales manager in its Powersports division. He joined Self to help establish the company’s Bel-Ray Marine line in 2013.

“Needless to say, we will miss him more than words can express,” Self said. “He was not just our co-worker, but our good friend, as well.”

Self reminded industry members who knew Baptie that “he has spent a lot of time with many of you and your sales team making dealer calls, working events, shows and other support functions.”

Baptie attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., and the American Motorcycle Institute in Daytona Beach, Fla. Self said Baptie worked at a motorcycle dealership before joining Bel-Ray.

An obituary said Baptie formerly lived in Springfield, Vt. Survivors include his parents; his wife, Tara Olney Baptie, and stepdaughter, Brianna Lachapelle; his brother, Nicholas, and two nephews, of Greenwich, N.Y.; paternal grandparents, Asa and Rose Baptie, of Springfield, and maternal grandmother, Marilyn Kelley, of Rutland; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery and a reception at 1 p.m. at the Moose Club. All are in Springfield.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Springfield Boosters Club, P.O. Box 666, Springfield, VT 05156.

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