Thomas Edward Broadland, 74 of Fairhaven, passed away on February 13, 2012 at St Luke's Hospital from sudden illness. He was the husband of Muriel Broadland to whom he was married for 48 years.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Terry Broadland and Clara Winsper Broadland, he lived in the Coffin Avenue area but summered at the family's cottage on Sconticut Neck, where he eventually moved for his full time residence. He was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational Technical High School.
He worked at the Acushnet Company for 20 years. He followed that by becoming a fulltime teacher of carpentry at the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School until retirement. Still eager to teach more, he became a part-time instructor of carpentry to the inmates at the Bristol County House of Correction. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, was an active member of the Massachusetts Vocational Teachers of America, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America and the Junior Achievement. He greatly enjoyed boating, woodworking in his carpentry shop and spending time among his beautiful home gardens and bird houses.
Tom is survived by his wife Muriel and his two daughters, Kathy Golas and her husband Gary of Fairhaven, and Debbie Lyonnais and her husband Michael of Amesbury, MA. His sister Margaret who is 101 years young and his loving five grandsons, Alec, Stefan and Ian Golas and Jaryd and Justin Lyonnais, along with his beloved dog Sadie, cat Sarah and stepdog Teddy. He was the brother of the late Charles Broadland, Martin Broadland, and William Broadland and the late sister Gladys Sturtevant. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews.
His memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday February 25 at 4 PM in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 169 Belleville Road in New Bedford. A celebration of his life will immediately follow the mass in the church basement.