Tom Broda once visualized a service center to provide QUALITY and VALUE to customers.
In 1991, he became a co-founder of Touchstone Calibration. He has been the driving force of sales and quality service since it's inception.
We will persevere, but it will not be the same without Tom to drive, direct and challenge us to a greater standard of excellence.
Thomas J. Broda, 68 of Niagara Falls, NY, formerly of Lewiston, NY passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, he is the son of Lillian (Herowski) Broda of Niagara Falls, NY and the late Walter Broda.
Tom was a lifelong resident of the Niagara Falls area. He graduated from LaSalle High School and received his Bachelor of Art degree in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Tom later attended Niagara University for post-graduate studies. On November 20, 1971 he married Jean A. (Calvello) Broda at Prince of Peace Church in Niagara Falls. Mrs. Broda predeceased him on October 23, 2004.
Tom began his career with Helmel Engineering in Rochester, NY. His roles included sales as well as software and hardware development of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). During that time he was also working in his family's business, Broda Machine Company in the Town of Niagara, and would later go on to become the company's president following is fathers passing. Tom was known as a local manufacturing legend, and was responsible for rejuvenating the company's business model to adapt to modern machining techniques. He was also the vice-president and co-founder, along with his longtime friend Kevin Schul of Touchstone Calibration. Tom was a member and former president of the Machinist Shop Association of WNY as well as a member of the Buffalo-Niagara Machinist Association.
Tom was a passionate golfer and member of the Niagara Falls Country Club. He was also the inventor of the USGA Niagara Barrel Daredevil Putter. Tom had a love for high performance cars, especially his Chevrolet Corvette, and helping out at his daughter's business, The Village Bake Shoppe in Lewiston. Above all, Tom will be remembered for his love and devotion to his beloved wife Jean and his children.