Elliot S. Brause
1937 - 2020
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Brause, Elliot S.
In New Haven, Elliot S. Brause, 83, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Sunday, September 6th. Born in New Haven, May 17, 1937, he was the only child of Harold and Clare Brause. He married Judith Weiner Brause in 1962. Elliot attended Hillhouse High School and graduated from Boston University with a BS in Business Administration in 1959. He worked for Gilchrist Department Store in Boston from 1960-62 and the Northrop Corp. in Government Contract Administration from 1962-1965. He attended Suffolk University Law School for 1 year. Elliot was called back to New Haven to take over the family business of The Quality Grocery and Quality Wine Shop where he was the 3rd generation owner. For over 40 years he proudly owned and operated The Quality Wine Shop on Broadway in New Haven where he worked with his son, David and his corgi, BJ. He served on the Board of B'nai Jacob Synagogue for over 5 years. He was a member of the New Haven Jaycees for 3 years and President of the New Haven Package Stores Association for 2 years. He served on the Board of the New Haven Jewish Home and was devoted to the Board of Camp Laurelwood in Madison, CT where he received Lifetime Emeritus Board status. For 25 years, Elliot conducted Wine101 courses at Yale University. He had conducted over 800 wine tastings and had a lifetime love of wine and the wine industry. He was a featured lecturer aboard the Queen Mary 2. He was the beloved Father of David Brause (Elizabeth Coppage) of Guilford and Lisa Brause (Myles Standish III) of Los Angeles, CA. He was the extremely proud Pop Pop of Joshua Harold Brause. He was blessed with a loving family and a wonderful group of loyal, honest, generous, and kind friends who made his life joyful and fulfilling.
Funeral Services will take place on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the B'nail Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven. There will be no receiving by the family and guests are asked to be there by 10:45 a.m. or alternately view a live streaming of the service at http://www.Shurefuneralhome.com>services>Elliot Brause. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Elliot and Judy Brause Fund at Cong B'nai Jacob or to Camp Laurelwood, Summer Hill Road, Madison, CT 06443.

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Published in The New Haven Register on Sep. 8, 2020.
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September 28, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Elliot’s passing and send our condolences to his loving family. May his memory be for a blessing.

Steve and Risa Meyerson
Risa Meyerson
September 13, 2020
Elliot hosted the work of Artist Steve Giovanni...always part of the discussion at Elliot's wine tastings at Westville Wines. Here is Elliot at his robust best and how I will remember him.
David Sepulveda
September 12, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Elliot’s passing on Having worked at Cutler’s from when I was in high school, I knew what it was like to be “retail neighbors” with Elliot, his wonderful family, and, all of the great crew at Quality Wine Shop. Elliot was a very special guy; warm, welcoming, personable, fun, and, always in “good spirits.” Many enjoyable conversations had we! May I extend my most sincere condolences to David, and, Lisa; their families & loved ones; and, all of the family, and, my equally sincere wishes that Elliot rest in peace
Bob Briar
September 11, 2020
One of my favorite people, ever. As teenage friends of David, he was always welcoming, generous and a lot of fun to talk with. We spent a lot of time at their home as well as the “shop.” He was the best part of visiting New Haven. So many great memories of a wonderful man.
Keith Meyerson
September 10, 2020
I have such fond memories of Elliot, who was such a wonderful friend to our father. I remember hanging out at the wine shop at a very young age (!), holiday dinners at the house with the family, care packages he’d deliver when he was out at Camp Laurelwood for Board events, his seemingly ever-present smile, and, as I have kept hearing in my head in his voice over the last few days, him greeting me with “bubala.” My sincerest condolences to David, Lisa, and the rest of the family.
Carla Abel Levinson
September 9, 2020
One could see the word "Terroir" forming on Elliot's lips as he regaled wine tasters with the ABC's of wine appreciation. He loved to teach and wasn't shy about his own wine predilections: Sauvignon Blanc... A little too grassy and herbaceous... Elliot preferred bold reds, a full-bodied Cab; a little oak in the finish- even better. It was hard to tell which he loved more - wine or people. And dogs. He loved slipping tidbits of palate-clearing cheese to visiting dogs as their owners looked on approvingly. Kindness and generosity were Elliot's calling cards and while I appreciate the wine education I received at innumerable events and tastings by Elliot, it is his humanity and capacity to share so much of himself that I will remember most. I raise a glass to my dear friend;I have swirled the wine in my glass and it has legs. I have placed my nostrils over the goblet mouth and breathed in its full bouquet. I draw in this fruit of the vine through my pursed lips to savor the complexities and enjoy a long finish. I think Elliot understood wine to be a metaphor for life itself. He knew how to drink from life's cup, and better yet, he knew how to share it.
David Sepulveda
September 9, 2020
So sorry to hear of Elliot’s passing. May he Rest In Peace. Our condolences to Dave, Beth and Josh as well as to all of his family and friends.
Mike Palatiello
September 9, 2020
A great human being is gone but will not be forgotten! A great mensch for sure.

Joel and Lorraine roseman
Lorraine roseman
September 9, 2020
You could not know Elliot and not think of him as a friend , A wonderful man ,who tops a wonderful family. Rest in peace, my friend.
Barry Cobden
September 9, 2020
It is with great sorrow to learn of Elliot's passing. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to all of the Brause family for your loss. Ed and Lois Goglia
Ed Goglia
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