Former longtime Monroe town planner dies at 69
MONROE — Dan Tuba was a town “institution,” who served tirelessly as the town’s planner for several decades, under multiple administrations and was willing to work with anyone to get the job done.
“Town planners don’t have an easy job, with people concerned about too much development or not enough development,” said former Monroe First Selectwoman Karen Burnaska. “But he always had the best interests of Monroe at heart.”
Tuba, 69, died Wednesday at Bridgeport Hospital. He not only worked for many years as Monroe’s town planner before retiring, but also served for many years as both past president of the Connecticut Chapter of American Planning Association, and chair of the organization’s New England Conference.
Burnaska said Turba was town planner when she served, from 1995 to 2001, and served in at least two administrations before her and at least one after her.
“He was a town institution for decades,” she said. “My sympathy goes out to his family.”
In addition to his professional work, Tuba’s obituary said he was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants, and that he enjoyed traveling, bowling and playing softball.
Tuba is survived by Sue Tuba, his wife of 46 years, as well as two sons and three grandsons. His funeral services will take place 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road in Trumbull. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either the Monroe Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 691, Monroe CT 06468 or to the Diana Donald Scholarship Fund, 2 Jonathan Drive, Ellington, CT 060629.