David K. Dodes

David K. Dodes of Hamden, Ct passed away peacefully on Saturday March 23th 2019. He was the only child of George and Helen Klein Dodes and was born on April 29th 1937 in Brooklyn, New York.  David was a proud graduate of Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, NY and held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Cornell University. He is survived by his wife, Blanche Leder Dodes and their three children and spouses: Susan L. Dodes and Jeffrey V. Jones, Dr. Glenn L. Dodes and Lisa Buckman Dodes and Jeffrey L. Dodes and Cyndi Dodes.  He is also survived by his seven beloved grandchildren: Michelle Dodes, Nicole Dodes, Spencer Jones, Evan Dodes, Austin Dodes, Ellis Jones and Abigail Dodes. David had a distinguished career in urban planning throughout the tri-state area and as a local community leader and state legislator. He served as the President of the Hamden Town Council in the late 1970s as well as representing the 88th district of Hamden and North Haven as State Representative in the Connecticut legislature’s House of Representatives. He was a long time member of Mishkan Israel Synagogue in Hamden and served many years as a little league coach for his sons in both Hamden Baseball and Hamden Youth football. His passions included his family, music of all types and the New York Giants of which he was a fan for over 75 years.

Funeral service and interment will be private.

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  1. Bryan Anderson said,

    03.24.19 at 11:45 am

    When I think of someone who was warm, passionate, knowledgeable, and inclusive from my early years in Hamden, David comes to mind. I was honored to have assisted David politically and professionally, and to have him mentor others. Both he and Blanche have been devoted friends of our family, with whom we shared many humorous occasions. Were Justine here to offer a comment, she would want to send her love and affection to Blanche and to offer support to the Dodes family. I do as well.

  2. Chuck Baker said,

    03.25.19 at 6:55 pm

    My heart goes out to the Dodes family with special thoughts and prayers to Mrs Dodes.

  3. leonard rich said,

    03.27.19 at 8:18 am

    Although we were the same age, Dave was one of the older brothers to me in TAO, our Brooklyn College, fraternity. Maybe he made the SP’s… He was always an upbeat person with a quick wit and a quick smile. I last saw Dave a good number of years ago, but I can still envision him so clearly. Barbara and I hope your memories soften the passing of your loved one and “my brother”.

  4. jay brown said,

    03.27.19 at 1:11 pm

    Merle and I offer our heartful sympathy to our former neighbors and longtime friends.
    Although we never agreed with David’s political views we always appreciated his friendship. Few will remember that besides his political and community involvement David also tried his hand at being a theatrical director at Mishkan Israel. The show “MisConceptions”,a farce, featuring members of Mishkan Israel,was a one-niter with weeks of rehearsal and David’s leadership.May he be remembered for his devotion and desire to make this a better world.

  5. Lisa Ballot said,

    03.28.19 at 8:30 pm

    My condolences to you and all the family. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Henry said,

    06.12.19 at 7:48 am

    Please accept my condolences for the passing of David. There is hope though, as the Almighty has arranged for the resurrection in the future. He promises, “… There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15)

    I hope you find these few words comforting and provide motivation to prepare for the new world of God’s making. (John 17:3)