David James Gobar, 72, lifelong resident of New Britain, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Dave was born in New Britain and was son to the late James Arthur and Ruth Louise (Lamson) Gobar. Dave proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era and was on the USS Fremont APA-44, one of the flagships, during the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
David had a 33-year career with the City of New Britain, Parks and Rec Dept., retiring in 2003, where he was instrumental with improving and maintaining its park system. He was also a member of the Independent Political Club for many years.
David is survived and will be dearly missed by his life partner, Lorretta Thompson, of 33 years, with her son, Michael Thompson, his wife, Barbara, and their children, Justin and Ashley, all of New Britain, whom he had considered as family; his two sons, Michael Gobar and his wife, Diana, of California, and Thomas Gobar and his wife, Tanya, of New Britain; a brother, Denny Gobar and his wife, Anna, of Farmington; his four grandchildren, Kayla, Thomas, Abigail and Christopher; and several nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be held Monday, April 17, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at New Britain Memorial Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain. Family and friends are invited Tuesday, April 18, 2017, for a 9:30 a.m. gathering, followed by a prayer service at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Fairview Cemetery. A special thanks to the staff of St. Francis Hospital, ICU Unit, the Monsignor Bojnowski Manor and Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, for their compassionate care. For directions or online tributes, please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com .