Sally Thompson Trombly

June 22, 1939March 11, 2018

Sally T. Trombly, 78, of Swanzey and formerly Grantham and Keene, passed away on March 11, 2018 in the comfort of home with family by her side following a period of declining health.

She was born on June 22, 1939 in Concord, NH, the daughter of George and Irene (Norquist) Thompson. She attended area schools and graduated from Concord High School, Class of 1957.

On September 24, 1960 Sally married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Edward Trombly at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord. Shortly thereafter, the two moved to Keene where they became members of St. James’s Church and began their family.

Prior to raising their three children, Sally had studied at Mary Hitchcock Hospital where she earned her Nursing Degree. After her children had grown, she furthered her education at Keene State College and received her Bachelors. Sally had a thirst for knowledge and continued her studies at UMass Amherst, receiving a Masters in Public Health. Sally completed her studies at Suffolk University in 1990 with a Degree in Law.

Sally had been employed as the Director of Regulatory Services at the Risk Management Foundation for Harvard Medical Institutions and at the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Medicine. Before her retirement in 2011, she had held the position of Director of Risk Management at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She was involved with the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, publishing articles and reviewing grant requests.

Sally was an analytical thinker and had always shown determination and focus in whatever she was pursuing. Although Sally was career oriented, nothing compared to her love and dedication she had for her family.

Sally will be dearly missed by her children: Sharon Swede of Easley, SC, Mike Trombly and his wife Bonnie of Swanzey, and Kristen Trombly and her partner Chris Patria and his children Chase and Emma Patria of Swanzey; grandchildren: Alex Trombly and his wife Hannah of Keene, Kelsey Tommila and her husband Matt of Keene, and Abbie Trombly of Swanzey; siblings: Susan Schaffner and her husband Ken of Emmaus, PA, and David Thompson and his wife Mary of Rindge; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

She is predeceased by her husband of nearly 52 years: Edward Trombly; son-in-law: Philip Swede; and parents.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sally T. Trombly’s name to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446 ( or the Castle Center, c/o Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431 (


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Kathy Dwyer

March 20, 2018

Sally unselfishly mentored me and several of my colleagues at the Risk Management Foundation, giving us helpful and practical advice - all with forward thinking ideas. Her particular genius was her ability to connect people to solve problems. Sally made life better for all of us. I am sorry for your loss. - Kathy Dwyer

Jock Hoffman

March 19, 2018

Sally was a mentor and an inspiration for the many years we shared together at Risk Management Foundation. She was so predominantly my go to source for expert knowledge that when we built an in-house frequently asked questions program, we named it Sally. Sally did a lot of good in this world, and through her peers and mentorees, her legacy lives on.

Louise Hancock

March 18, 2018

Dear Sally's family,
I am so sorry to learn of Sally's death. I am shocked, too. She and I enjoyed working together at DHMC for all her years there. You've had to say goodbye to a wonderful mom, a fine lady and a specia friend. She loved each of you so dearly.
Please accept my love, sympathy and support as you go forward.
Most sincerely,

Richard Campbell

March 17, 2018

Our sincere condolences to the members of Sally's family. Sally was a grammar school classmate at Rumford School in Concord through Concord High School. She and her husband Edward frequented the Class Reunions and it was great to see them and share our families expansions.
With sympathy, Dick and Judy Campbell
Loudon, NH

Pat Targett

March 16, 2018

I enjoyed working/playing with Sally at the Castle Center. She was always challenging me with alternative trivia answers. I feel honored to have known her.

Pat Targett