David Earl Thomson

WASHINGTON — David Earl Thomson, 80, died Friday, September 13, 2019, at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford.

Mr. Thomson was born in Holyoke, Mass., and had been a 34-year resident of Washington, where he served on the Wetlands Commission. This was a good fit for him as he was an avid birder and loved fly fishing.

Mr. Thomson served in the U.S. Army in Germany and in the U.S. Honor Guard.

He went on to receive a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, where he also earned a master of arts in teaching, graduating magna cum laude with high honors in English, and was an Etherington Scholar.

In his early years, Mr. Thomson worked in New York City as a writer and movie producer. He went on to become a high school English teacher in West Hartford, where he also ran the High School TV Company. Later he founded and ran the Creative Arts Community serving Hartford and 10 suburban school districts.

Mr. Thomson remained in the arts and education field until joining his brother, Michael Thomson, in the corporate travel firm, Thomson & Thomson Travel Company.

An accomplished writer, he is the author of many published works, some of which include the theatrical play “The Melting Pot,” the novel “A Fellowship of Men and Women” and many poetry collections.

Mr. Thomson’s special interests and hobbies included spending time with his much-loved grandchildren, playing golf and traveling as well as family summers in Martha’s Vineyard.

He is survived by his wife, Alexandra Chalif; his sons, Michael David Thomson and Andreas Thomson; his stepsons, Jeffrey Hilford, Andrew Hilford and James Hilford; his daughters-in-law, Bora Hilford, Susan Hilford and Aline Hilford; his grandchildren, Bohman Thomson, Reece Thomson, Samantha Hilford, Riley Hilford, Tessa Hilford, Tyler Hilford and Levi Hilford; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Helena Thomson, and the mother of his children, Annika Shapiro.

A memorial will take place Sunday, November 3.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to the New Milford Visiting Nurses Association, the American Diabetes Association or ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue), where he adopted his beloved dog, Persie.

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