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Born: Tue., Jun. 22, 1937
Died: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 11, 2019
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

Funeral Liturgy

10:00 AM Mon., Aug. 12, 2019
Location: St, Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church

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Orest Tadey (Tom) Dubno passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife, Irina L. Dubno, and his son, Gregory B. Dubno. He is survived by his daughter, Danna Dubno Blowers (John) of Ballston Lake, NY; sisters Irena Hladky of Cheshire, Olga Pospolita of New Haven, and Luba Dubno of New Haven; sister-in law Svetlana Golembieski of North Branford, brother-in-law Serge Leschuk (Andrea) of Clinton, and sister-in-law Jane Leschuk of North Branford, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Orest was born in Ukraine on June 22, 1937, son of the late Hryhoryj and Emilia Skorna Dubno. He came to the United States with his family in 1949, and after living in Maryland and New York City, settled in New Haven. He was a graduate of James Hillhouse High School, and upon graduation proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was stationed as an MP in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After an honorable discharge, he embarked on a career in banking with The First New Haven National Bank, his last role being Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. In 1975, Governor Ella T. Grasso appointed him Deputy Tax Commissioner for the State of Connecticut. He was subsequently appointed Commissioner of Revenue Services in 1979, and went on to be named President and Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). After his retirement from CHFA, he served on their Board of Directors.  Active in his community, Orest served as President of the University of New Haven Alumni Association from 1986-1988 and is an inductee of their Alumni Hall of Fame. Additional civic pursuits include serving on the Connecticut State Municipal Finance Advisory Commission, Vice Chairman of the New Haven Redevelopment Agency, and a member of New Haven’s Board of Finance and Fair Rent Commission. He was a member of The Executive Lunch Group, an association of Department Heads and Commissioners who proudly served the City during the DiLieto Administration. Additionally, Orest was a tireless advocate for children associated with the tragedy in Chernobyl. He graduated from University of New Haven with his Bachelor of Science in 1968 and his Masters in Public Administration in 1975. But most importantly, Orest was a loving and caring Husband, Father, Son, Brother and Friend. He went out of his way to help anyone that asked, never expecting anything in return. His sense of humor and style were both legendary and impeccable. He deeply valued and loved his family and friends, who will never forget him, and know there will never be another like him. Semper Fi, Daddy.  Friends may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven Sunday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM and are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 569 George St., New Haven Monday morning at 10:00. Panachida service in the funeral home Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. Interment in East Side Cemetery, Woodbridge, CT.

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Noelle Taddei
   Posted Sat August 10, 2019
To the daughter and family of Mr. Dubno,
I was a student at UNH in the early 80's and your father was my professor for a "Money and Banking" course. He was an excellent and engaging teacher and I enjoyed the course immensely. I was fortunate to have him in my life, even if briefly. My sincere condolences on your loss.
Noelle Taddei

Anthony Ciarlone
   Posted Sat August 10, 2019
To the Dubno family -

My deepest condolences. Tom was one of the finest, most respected. honorable man I have had the honor of calling my friend.

He will be greatly missed.


Tony Ciarlone and family

Kathleen Etkin
   Posted Sun August 11, 2019
I had the good fortune to work with Tom numerous times between 1988 and 2009. He was a lovely man, extremely intelligent, and a good listener with a great sense of humor. In my experience, his presence and abilities were welcome in any forum.

My deepest condolences to Tom's family.

Kathleen Etkin

The family of Henry F. Healey Jr.
   Posted Mon August 12, 2019
The passing of Tom Dubno will affect friends and a wide sphere of colleagues, both business and political, so very deeply. We lived through some historical times amidst pressing issues. Tom was among those gifted with the ability to bring differences to the table and forge lasting resolutions, and bring people together in the process. If you were his friend, you were his lifelong friend. Connecticut, New Haven, family and friends have all lost a remarkable man.
Isn’t it wonderful to know this man made a difference in all our lives!
Deep peace and God Bless this good man.

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