Donald H. Hasbrouck, Ret. Deputy Chief, Hamden PD, age 87, of Wallingford passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 14, 2016 at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden. He was born June 13, 1929 to the late Edith and Thaddeus Hasbrouck. Don was predeceased by the love of his life, Beverly (Searle) Hasbrouck after 64 years of marriage. He is survived by four daughters, Linda Ruggiero of West Haven, Carol (Donald) Forand of Wallingford, Mary Hasbrouck of Middletown and Vicki (Russell) Arpin of Cheshire, as well as his brother, Thad Hasbrouck; son-in-law Ken Ruggiero; and very dear family friend Lynn Piascyk. Donald was Pop to grandchildren Kristine (Marc) D'Andrea, Melissa Ruggiero (MJ Ingram), Kimberly (John) DeLuca, Kenny Ruggiero, Rebecca Flyntz, Nicole (Michael) Petersen and Tyler Arpin (Stephanie Miller) and five great-grandchildren; Aubrey and John DeLuca, Colton D'Andrea, Kaitlyn and Joshua Flyntz. He will be fondly remembered by many friends and extended family members. Don was a proud public servant, having been a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp serving as part of the first HMX-1, an elite experimental helicopter squadron during the Korean War. He was an University of New Haven graduate and trained in the FBI Academy, served 28 years as a Hamden Police Officer retiring as Deputy Chief, and subsequently was employed at Southern Connecticut State University where he was the Director of Public Safety and ultimately retired. After living in Hamden 58 years, Don and Bev retired to Woodsville, New Hampshire, where they enjoyed many years of lakeside tranquility before returning to Wallingford to be closer to their ever-growing family. He was a mentor to many, second father to some, generous with his time and active in his community. He was an avid woodworker making treasured pieces for family and friends. His legacy is in the hearts and homes of both family and friends. He was a parishioner of the Yalesville Methodist Church in Wallingford, member of Ashlar Village #116 O.E.S. and Past Patron of Alice Chapter #76 O.E.S, Past Master of Day Spring Lodge #30 and member of Ashlar Lodge #332 and Grafton Lodge #48, member of the Ancient and Accepted of Scottish Rite, 32° Mason. Donald's family would like to thank all the staff at Midstate Medical Center who were so compassionate with his end-of-life care. Friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Sept. 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM in the Knapp Auditorium located in the Bridgehouse at Masonicare at Ashlar Village in Wallingford. Interment with Military Honors will be private. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT, 06492 or the Yalesville Methodist Church, 8 New Place Street, Wallingford, CT, 06492.

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  1. My condolences to my friends Linda Ruggiero and Thad Hasbrouck and their families for your loss. I wish that I had know him. May the joy of your treasured memories sustain you.

  2. Now going through the Heavenly Gates, my hero, the man who saved my life when I was 2 -1/2 years old, my second Dad, my Mom and Dad’s best friend along with Auntie Bev, my Uncle Don !! What a life you have lead. I will miss you here on this earth but look forward to the big pool party yet to come.

    To Linda, Carol, Mary and Vicki, I know it’s so hard for you now as you say goodbye here to your Dad. He was a great man that loved his family. You meant the world to him. He was a great man who loved his country and served honorably in the US Marines and with the Hamden Police Department. Now the 4 of them are enjoying a reunion once again and life with God and your Mom’s macaroni salad! (It’s ok up there Dad to have some! 😀 ) May God bless you all and soften the pain of his loss within your hearts. Love to you all. Karen

  3. One of the finest human beings God ever placed on this earth!! It was an honor to know this man!! It was a greater honor to work with him and to serve under him on the Hamden Police Department!! RIP Chief Hasbrouck, you did great service and honor your entire life!! Thanks for the privilege of knowing you!!

    Sgt Jim Foley, Ret.

    Myrtle Beach, SC

  4. We were so sorry to hear about Don. He was one of the nicest men we were honored to know. He and Bev were both loved members of our church in North Haverhill. Prayers for Don’s family.

  5. Dad Don: u were a great man. Loved by so many. I remembered when I joined rainbow. Carol and I r still great friends as I am of all your daughters. Please say hello to Scott for me. I miss him so. I miss Bev and now u. Please watch over all of us. I am glad u r at peace with your lovely wife. Love you dad Don love always Normajean

  6. SkipDunham

    My wife, Chris, and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Don was a great man to work for and a good friend. Very sorry to hear of his passing.

  7. Our deepest sympathy to the Hasbrouck family. He was a wonderful friend who will be so missed by many.

    Love, Don and Nancy Gray

  8. Vicki and family,

    Keep all the wonderful memories close to your heart.

    Your dad was a great man.

    My deepest sympathy to the Arpin and Hasbrouck families.

    Doreen Rossi

  9. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. I found out too late so I missed the service at Ashlar. He was a great guy and will be missed. Evelyn Montano

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