David Albert John Broome, 81, of Windsor Locks, died on March 17, 2013, at home after a long illness. David will be remembered not only as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, but also as one of the world's foremost reed voicers in the pipe organ building industry.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Caroline (Mason) Broome; and his four children, Richard Broome, and his wife, Betsy, of Mountain Lakes, N.J., Deborah Fenton, and her husband, Tim, of East Longmeadow, Mass., Mark Broome of Devon, Pa., and Christopher Broome, and his wife, Catherine, of East Granby. David was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Christine Broome, wife of Mark Broome, in August of 2012. David is also survived by his sister, Barbara Yeater of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was particularly proud of his 10 grandchildren, Christopher, Caroline, and Andrew Fenton, Alison and Jonathan Broome, David, Steven, and Elizabeth Broome, Julia and Hannah Broome. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
David Broome was born in Leicester, England, on Feb. 21, 1932, the son of Albert Leonard Broome and Mabel Isabel (Johnson) Broome. David served two years in the Royal Air Force. In 1948, David began his career in organ building at J.W. Walker Sons Ltd. in London, England, and emigrated to the United States after marrying Caroline in Leicester on Oct. 27, 1956. The Broomes settled in Windsor Locks in 1958 after moving from Hartford, where David had been recruited to join the Austin Organs Co. By 1978, he had risen to the executive post of vice president and tonal director at Austin, a position he held until his retirement in 1999. David was responsible for finishing and the tonal design of more than 150 organs worldwide, including Brompton Oratory, London; Nassau Cathedral, Bahamas; Adelaide Cathedral, Australia; Riverside Church Chapel and First Presbyterian Church, New York City; Czestochowa National Shrine, Doylestown, Pa.; St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford; and the Trinity College Chapel, Hartford. Since his retirement from Austin, David, and his son, Christopher, have operated Broome and Co., voicing reeds for restorations and new installations, including Longwood Gardens, Pa., Woolsey Hall, Yale University
, and the Duke University Chapel.
In addition to pipe organ building, David was known for his sense of humor and he enjoyed many activities with Caroline, walking the family dogs at the Windsor Locks Canal, gardening, traveling (especially cruises), attending grandchildren's events, playing bridge, good food, and following the fortunes of favorite sports teams, Leicester City Football Club, Boston Red Sox, and especially UConn women's basketball.
David's family wishes to thank the Cancer Center of St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Masonicare Partners Home Health and Hospice in Suffield, and to Dr. Hugh Kennedy and his entire staff for their kindness and compassion.
A memorial service for David Broome will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Trinity United Methodist Church Organ Fund, c/o of Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA 01108; or to Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue (YGRR Inc.), P.O. Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, East Longmeadow, 413-525-2800.www.forastierefuneralhome.com