Thomas E. Broadland

May 14, 1937February 13, 2012

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.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thomas E. Broadland

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Ashley Rice

February 28, 2012

Tom was an amazing man who may be gone now but lives within the ones he loves. I will never forget the day Muriel and he brought me to a school football game and he told be I was one of the most beautiful little girls he met. He knew how to make others feel welcomed and most of all happy to live. Never will I forget him or his stories he brought with him.

Karen L. Gomes

February 25, 2012

To My Uncle Tom, You will be missed by many. Thank you for always taking me along with the family, especially to Cuttyhunk. I have many memories. Lots of the kids at Voke (that are now adults) tell me that you were their "mentor", and they now have successful carpentery careers. May you rest in peace and watch over the family. Love, Karen

Joe Incontri

February 25, 2012

My deepest condolences on the loss of your father, Debbie.I know the huge hole it leaves in your life but know that he is always looking over you, your siblings and of course your mom and all of his loved ones. May God keep you all in his arms during these trying times-cherish the memories forever.
These thoughts in love,your friend

Linda & Joe Incontri

February 25, 2012

My deepest sympathy to all. " Trust in the lord with all your heart, and all your mind and soul. Lean not to your own understanding, but unto him for he will give you comfort and direct your path.

Jeremy Corriveau

February 25, 2012


Our condolences to you and your family. I had the honor of working with Tom and he was truly a great man. He always spoke so highly of you. Tom was a giving and caring individual who appreciated life. He taught me to never let a day go by without being grateful for my wife and family.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Michael Talbot

February 25, 2012

My Condolences to Debbie and her family for the lost of your Love one. Thought and prayer to you all .

Michae Talbot

February 25, 2012

My Condolences to Debbie and her family for the lost of your Love one. Thought and prayer to you all .

Nancy Golas Flinn

February 25, 2012

Tom was always a lighthouse to the family. A beacon of light, a man full of stories, opinions, and always advice. He was the go to person and we could always count on him for his wisdom and strength.

Tom was a part of my extended family,and we shared all the events that families share.He was the rock but also the roll. He made us laugh, he shared our tears, he, along with Muriel, gave us strength, gave us love and a part of themselves. All of the years that we enjoyed together are the family memories etched in time.
Tom you may be gone from us,but your spirit will live on and I am sure you are boating in the skies above.
Nancy Golas Flinn

Lee & Emre Akter

February 24, 2012

We were sorry to hear of the loss of such a dear husband, father, and grandfather. Our family's prayers remain with you all.

February 23, 2012

Dear Debbie, Your Dad most certainly was a fine man. My thoughts and sympathy are with you at this time of sorrow. Gloria Lasnier.