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Thomas E LaMachia

August 9, 1966 ~ December 9, 2020 (age 54)

Obituary

Thomas Edward LaMachia, 54, of Provincetown, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on December 9, 2020.  He died in his home by the sea in the town where his grandmother’s family lived as part of a vibrant fishing community and where his grandparents were married.  Thomas was a devoted partner, son, brother, cousin, uncle and friend who lived his life caring for and connecting with others.  

Thomas grew up in Marlborough, MA.  He graduated from Marlborough High School at the top of his class and was a member of the tennis team.  Following High School, he attended the University of Massachusetts and earned two Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Environmental Economics and Wildlife Fisheries Biology.  He went on to attain a Master’s of Science degree in Marine Fisheries Biology.  He worked in the IT field for many years and was Director of IT at Sapient and through several reorganizations, Resources for a total of 20 years.

Thomas was smart, quick-witted and exceptionally kind hearted. He was a bright light of the family, who remembered every one’s birthday, anniversary and made sure you got a call, text, or card on that special day. He loved to travel, visiting and living in many places throughout the world and could speak several languages.  He derived joy from connecting with people and went out of his way to make sure you felt welcome. He could tell a great story and land a perfect joke with the right timing and twist of phrase.  That special twinkle in his eye and his beautiful smile drew people in. His kindness, wit, and love of life left them smiling and feeling included.  Building community is what Thomas was about. He created and maintained a ‘cousins’ contact list of over 50 so we could stay in close touch.  Every few years, Thomas organized family reunions where we could catch up with one another.  At work, Thomas always put the welfare of his employees first and became close friends with his colleagues, maintaining deep friendships long after the professional relationship ended. No doubt he will continue connecting and watching over us.

Although Thomas left us too soon, he experienced in this life one of the biggest and most important gifts - to love and to be loved.  He was a devoted son who, after his father passed away, left his home of many years in NYC to stay with his mom on Cape Cod.  They enjoyed many good times including driving about in ‘Betty’, his VW convertible named after his mother’s best friend and sister. He was dearly loved by so many family and friends and in 2017, he had the great fortune to meet the love of his life, Duncan.  The two enjoyed travel, get-togethers with cherished friends, and taking good care of their respective mothers.  Never a day passed without saying “I love you” because Thomas understood how important that is.

If ever there was a phrase that summed up Thomas’s approach to life and his love of classic pop culture, it would be, “C’mon, get happy!”, from the Partridge Family.

He is preceded in death by his father David L. LaMachia (2009) and by his godmother, Helen ‘Honey’ McLaughlin (2006).  Thomas is survived by his partner Duncan Hsu of Salem, his mother Joan LaMachia of Marlborough, Brothers David LaMachia of Boxborough, Peter LaMachia of Grafton, Stephen LaMachia of Marlborough, Sister Joan LaMachia and Brother- in- law Alex Bingham of Arlington, nephew Jeremy Bingham and nieces Lucy Bingham, Dennison LaMachia, Devon LaMachia, Madison LaMachia and Hailey LaMachia.

Funeral services were privately held at the Short & Rowe Funeral Home in Marlborough followed by a procession to the family burial plot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury.

Celebration of life services will follow in time and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Church of St. Francis Xavier, 46 West 16th Street, New York, New York 10011, https://sfxavier.org/donate-now/

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