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Thomas J. Broda, president of machine company

Jan. 28, 1947 – June 3, 2015

NIAGARA FALLS – Thomas J. Broda, of Niagara Falls, formerly of Lewiston, an inventor and president of Broda Machine Company, died Wednesday at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston after a brief illness. He was 68.

Born in Niagara Falls, he was a lifelong resident of the area. Mr. Broda graduated from LaSalle High School and received his bachelor of arts degree in English from SUNY Geneseo. He later attended Niagara University for post-graduate studies.

Mr. Broda and the former Jean A. Calvello married at Prince of Peace Church in Niagara Falls in 1971. She died in 2004.

He began his career in sales and software and hardware development of coordinate measuring machines with Helmel Engineering in Rochester. During that time, he was also working in his family’s business, Broda Machine Company in the Town of Niagara. Later, upon his father’s death, he became the company’s president. Known to be a local manufacturing legend, he was responsible for rejuvenating the company’s business model to adapt to modern machining techniques. In addition, he was vice president and co-founder, along with his longtime friend Kevin Schul, of Touchstone Calibration.

A member of the Niagara Falls Country Club, Mr. Broda was a passionate golfer. He was also the inventor of the USGA Niagara Daredevil Barrel Putter. He had a love for high performance cars and especially prized his Chevrolet Corvette.

Mr. Broda will be remembered for his devotion to his family; he enjoyed helping out at his daughter’s business, the Village Bake Shoppe in Lewiston.

In addition to his mother, Lillian, Mr. Broda is survived by his son, Matthew T., and daughter, Lindsay Fiore, and two brothers, Mark and David.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston.

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