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 Thomas David Coe

  Thomas David Coe, 79,  of Kelsey Road, Boxford, husband of Jane (Shriver) Coe, died Monday August 17, 2009, three days before his 80th birthday in the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He collapsed suddenly due to cardiac arrest on August 6 while working at his place of business, QA Technology Co. Inc., in Hampton, NH, and remained in a coma until his death. 

Tom was born in Jamestown, NY on August 20, 1929, son of David Farnham and Isabelle Jorgenson Coe. He graduated from Jamestown High School and attended the Choate School in Wallingford, CT and then went on to receive a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1952. After serving in the Air Force, including working at the Cambridge Research Center on Hanscom Air Force Base in Lexington for two years, he married Jane in 1957 and co-founded Wakefield Engineering Inc., Wakefield,  which designed and manufactured cooling devices for the electronics industry. He later sold this business and founded QA Technology Company in 1980 to manufacture probes used for testing electronic circuit boards. He was the President of this company until his death. As a very talented engineer he played a major role in the development of the company’s products as well as the automated equipment used to produce it. QA has over 70 employees at present and also recently introduced a line of hyperboloid contacts, in addition to probes, that are used in electrical connectors. His sons, David and Mark, work at the company.

Tom brought his engineering skills and perfectionism to his hobbies as well as his work. His large and bountiful vegetable garden was not only a "perfect" garden, but always shared with friends. As a beekeeper he always generously shared his knowledge and honey with others. No one who knew Tom ever ran out of honey, or his raspberry jam. And, whether he was ice fishing or salmon fishing, he included his friends and family -- sharing the fish he caught and many times treating those same family and friends to fishing trips in Alaska. If anything mechanical needed work in his home or in any of his children’s, that would become his project. When he was done, he always left things working more efficiently, reliably and productively than when they were new.

 In addition to his wife  Jane of fifty-two years he leaves  four children, David Coe and his wife Linda of Hampton Falls, NH, Mark Coe and his wife Linda of Ipswich, Lisa Coe of Bradford, and Beth Coe Wheeler and her husband Paul of Mansfield, and  seven grandchildren. He has lived in Boxford for thirty seven years. 

A memorial service will be held at the Conference Center located to the rear of the Best Western Inn at Hampton, 815 Lafayette Rd (Rt. 1), Hampton, NH on Friday afternoon, August 28, at 2pm. (The Inn is ¾ mile north of the intersection of US Rte.1 and High St.) In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in his memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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