David Henry Thomasson of North Branford died on Tuesday December 26 in his home after a brief illness. He was the father of Juliana Thomasson of East Haven. He was the son of Nancy Ann Maisano Thomasson of Norwich and the late George Thomasson. He was the brother of Steven Thomasson (wife Deborah) of Griswold, CT and Robert “Bobby” Thomasson (wife Jamie) of East Haddam, CT. He is also survived by his former wife, Lorraine Thomasson of East Haven. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and close friends. He was predeceased by his sister Laurie Thomasson. David was born in Fullerton, California on August 9, 1967. He was an accomplished chef by trade and was the owner of David Henry’s Restaurant in Branford. Before opening his own restaurant he was a chef at Aqua in Clinton and Dalton’s in North Branford. He learned a lot about the restaurant business from his close friends Rob Johnson and Ernie Criscuolo. He was well known for his unique and individual style of cooking that could not be found anywhere else. He was also a talented musician who played bass guitar and keyboards. He released a cd with his rock band Slight of Hand, and later another cd with 7th Story World. He was an avid collector of high end Star Wars, Batman, and other action figures. He especially loved watching and collecting Star Wars memorabilia. He loved photography as well, especially nature photos. He loved coming home from work to his cats Vader (“boy”) and Tootsie (“chubsie”). David always said that other than the restaurant, his greatest accomplishment was his daughter. Everyone who talked to him would know how extremely proud he was of her. David was easy to talk to, a great listener, and made those around him feel comfortable. He was a very forgiving person, always knew what to say, and an amazing father. David was a kind, gentle, open, and genuine soul. He will be missed by many, near and far.
A memorial gathering will be held on Monday January 8 starting at 4 P.M. at his restaurant, David Henry’s, 53 School Ground Road, Branford. Please feel free to bring food, booze, and stories about David to honor his fun and outgoing character. Burial will be private.
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