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Donald G. Thomasson, owned video business Feb. 22, 1930 – June 22, 2012

Donald George Thomasson, of Elma, who owned and operated a video production company and served as assistant building inspector for the Town of Elma, died Friday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park, after a short illness. He was 82.

Born in Batavia and a graduate of Avon High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in education from Oswego State College and received a master's degree from Syracuse University. He served in the Air Force in the Korean War.

Mr. Thomasson had a career as an educator, teaching in the Rochester schools and directing the audio-visual programs for Letchworth Central School and the Amherst Central Schools. He also started his own video production business, Sentry Video.

He was appointed Elma's assistant building inspector in 1992 and he previously served as the town's landfill attendant and was a special police officer.

An Elma resident for 45 years, he was a member of the Elma Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Elma Conservation Club and Post 362, American Legion, in East Aurora. He was an usher at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg and a member of its Primetimers. He also was a member of the New York State Teachers Association.

Mr. Thomasson loved flying and owned a small airplane. He was an avid skier at the Sitzmaker Ski Club in Colden and was Elma's "Popcorn Man."

Surviving are his wife, the former Grace Buczak Leary; a daughter, Ellen; two sons, Mark and Michael Leary; and a sister, Marjorie Frederick.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 21 in the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.

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