The following is written by Jill Cyr for my love, my brother. David Joseph Tolassi.
Beloved Husband, Beloved Father and Grandfather, Beloved Brother David Joseph Tolassi was born Feb. 19, 1949, to Angelo Tolassi and Norma Carroll Tolassi. He was a bright child who took up an interest for anything scientific at an early age. He earned many a medal for his science projects at school. One of his interests was the weather. He could name every cloud formation and knew how to read several weather instruments at an early age. When he moved to the Green Mountains of Vermont, he promptly added an altimeter to his car. Another interest was fresh and salt-water fish aquariums. He caught this passion from his uncle, Joe Colella. Uncle Joe would explain to him the delicate balance of a clean aquarium. David would submit his fresh-water sharks to the aquarium shows in Burlington, Vt., and would win first prize.
From his grandfather, Joseph Nicholas Carroll, he learned about ways of electricity, how to build radios and become a ham radio operator. His call letters were KC1ZQ. He would spend many hours on the radio throughout his entire life. He was very active physically. He loved to bicycle and would participate in long bicycle rides with other enthusiasts. He always took the time to attend ham radio conventions, sometimes traveling many miles.
His interest in classic cars started early in the 1960s with ownership of a 1965 red Mustang, a 1969 green Mustang Judge, 1970s red GTO and other beautiful cars. He would get a kick out of lending them to his sister, Jill, who would drive in circles around Page Park and Rockwell Park. Jill and David were always close then and for the rest of their lives.
He loved the outdoors and spent his summers on Cedar Lake with his grandparents and his sister Jill and his cousin Lee. He was married at age 18 to Petra Drow and had two beautiful children who grew up in New York, where David would work at companies like IBM or electrical shops. He was a devoted father to his daughter Damara, the apple of his eye. His demeanor would change whenever he would be with her or talk with her. He was also very devoted to his son, Damian. Damian was a very strong and active child who could many times be found climbing the top of the tree in the yard. Damian purchased a motorcycle and he and his father would have long talks about the dangers of riding and how to stay safe. Tragedy struck in 1996 when Damian was cut off the road by a man making an illegal U-turn on one of the roads along the Hudson River in New York. He died instantly from several fatal injuries. David would never be quite the same.
David moved to Vermont in 1984. He loved the land and the snow. He met his second wife, Jane (Batchelder), in Vermont. As a devoted husband, he spent many happy years with Jane in a beautiful home in Vermont. When Jane was ready to retire, the couple moved to several southern states until they found their dream house in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. David enjoyed the many pleasures of retirement living in Tuscany Resort, which provided a swimming pool, library, and theater. When he learned that he had dangerous cancer, he refused major surgery and passed quietly in his sleep, his desire since witnessing the suffering of his mother when she passed from cancer.
David was predeceased by his mother Norma, his father Angelo and his son Damian. He leaves behind his wife Jane, his daughter Damara and three grandchildren Ivy, Emily and Kyle. He also leaves behind his sister Jill and her husband John. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him. May the Lord take him sweetly in his arms and give him the comfort he deserves and deliver him to Eternal Life. Jill Cyr
Arrangements were made privately by the family.