Donald 'Cliff' Thomson, age 61, of Shelton, formerly of West Haven and Woodbridge , passed away suddenly on August 23, 2014. Cliff was born in New Haven on September 5, 1952. He was a 1970 graduate of West Haven High School and a 1972 graduate of Norwalk State Technical College. The son of Donald J. and Jane Ellen Hull Thomson of West Haven. Cliff is also survived by his wife, Joyce Hylwa Thomson; his son Kevin Thomson of Shelton; sisters, Donna Kohler & her husband Paul of New London, Carol Bonyai & her husband Dan of Branford, Patricia Bellmore & her husband Bruce of West Haven, Barbara Pellicano & her husband John of Bethany and Maureen Cavallaro & her husband Sal of West Haven and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Cliff was currently a Customer Engineer for the IBM Corporation, where he has been employed for over 35 years. Over the years he was an Assistant Cub Scout Leader in Woodbridge, a member of the West Haven Irish Club, and a member of the New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. He cherished vacationing with family and long time friends. His interests included carpentry, tinkering with cars, and attending sporting events. He was most proud of his heritage; designing Irish walking sticks, visiting local Irish pubs, and supporting the Irish celebrations throughout the state. Friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road, Woodbridge. Cliff's family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 10:00 AM in the vestibule of the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family wishes that contributions in his memory be made to the Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, P.O. Box 2, New Haven, CT 06510 or the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT.

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  1. Dear Joyce, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Please know that my thoughts are with you. I know things are difficult for you. Always know that there are so many of us who love you. You are a very special person and only deserve the best. I am praying that God will lighten your load by having all who love you gather around you and let you know that you are not alone. Please know that I am always available to talk, or even just to be there to give support. Take care of yourself Joyce, and of your son. You will go through this together and you will give each other strength. Remember, I am only a phonecall or email away. Your friend, Rosemary Turcotte

  2. Hello Joyce. I was an IBM colleague of Don’s in Southbury and am so sad about his passing. He was a kind and special person and will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers. Sincerely and with God’s Blessings, Larry Lukasik

  3. I worked with Don at IBM in Southbury CT. I had lots of respect for Don. He was a hard worker and was always willing to help others when needed. I Am very sorry to hear of his passing my prays go out to his family. It was a pleasure to call him my friend.

  4. Joyce & Kevin our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were both saddened to hear of Cliff’s sudden passing. He will be remembered by us as an IBM Colleague and friend. Our sincere condolences. Mark & Nancy DeMarseilles.

  5. Patricia, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear brother. Wish we could have been there to share. I can tell he was a great man! Condolences to all of you- Sincerely The Paxton-Izzos

  6. So sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need me give me a shout through our friend. Take care!

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