Thomas A. "Tom" Jordan (1963 - 2015)

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FLORENCE - Thomas A. Jordan, 52, of Bridge Road, died suddenly Monday, March 30, 2015, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

He was born Jan. 24, 1963, in Burlington, Vermont, to David and Beverly Barker Jordan. He lived his childhood years in the Burlington area before relocating with his family to central Florida. He attended Grace Lutheran School and graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1981.

Tom studied physics and astronomy, earning his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and his master's degree from the University of Arizona. He taught physics at the high school level in Florida. From 1994 to 1998, he was a valuable member of the physics faculty at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois.

At the time of his passing, Tom was project coordinator for QuarkNet, a ground-breaking program for physics educators' professional development. He was with QuarkNet from its beginning in 1998. Tom's contributions to the lives of physics teachers and students of physics around the world are legion. He was a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and several other professional organizations. More locally, he was very involved with the Northampton Public Schools Action Coalition. He believed deeply in the value of a strong education in both the sciences and the liberal arts to create a foundation for life long learning.

Tom was well-loved by his family, friends and colleagues world-wide. His quick wit and charm, his ready smile, and his kind words for everyone he encountered made him one of the finest examples of how to live with compassion for every creature. He loved being outdoors, taking long hikes with his wife and daughters and dog. Tom had plans to walk the entire length of Vermont's Long Trail in the coming years to create more memories with his family and close friends, and to remember his own beloved trips on the Long Trail with his father.

He read voraciously, and took great care and interest in supporting and celebrating wherever his daughters' popular culture interests turned. Tom had fine taste in craft beer and Boston Red Sox baseball. Springtime always found him searching for the first beautiful daffodils of the season. He found great joy and deep love in his marriage with Joanna and his richly-deserved stability and satisfaction in making their new home in Northampton with their daughters.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Joanna (Messer) Jordan; daughters Kelley, Catherine, Claire, Carolyn and Krista; brothers Peter Jordan and Steven Pasch; sister Susan Reynolds; sister-in-law Heather Pasch; brother-in-law Bradley Reynolds; and seven nieces and nephews. Tom's family extends beyond blood bonds. He is especially missed by Spencer, Eileen, Evan, Coraline and Broderick Pasero; Marjorie and William Bardeen; Ed, Kelly, Ben and Hannah Moyer; Ed, Lynnette, Alyssa and Katelyn Klemm; Michelle, Russell, Simon, Tennyson and Frances SharpSwain; Robert, Lydia and Robert Petersen, Jr., and countless others, too numerous to name.

He is preceded in death by his parents, David Jordan and Beverly Pasch.

A celebration of life Service will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton. Calling hours will precede the service Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Details for a memorial service in Illinois, later this summer are pending.

A memorial fund is being established by friends of the family for the educational needs of the children. Please contact Czelusniak Funeral Home to leave messages to receive further information in coming days.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 3, 2015