March 4, 1948-May 14, 2013
San Jose, California
Tom Seccombe died of cancer on May 14 at the age of 65. Thomas Ainsworth Seccombe was born March 4, 1948 in Barre, Vt. His father, working the day of his birth, climbed a ladder to the hospital window late that night to view his son for the first time.
The family moved to the Bay Area in 1954, where Tom spent the rest of his life. Graduating from Woodside High School in 1966, he attended UC Santa Cruz for a short time, and later earned a Certificate in Computer Technology at De Anza College.
Mental health issues took a heavy toll on Tom and he persistently struggled to manage them while aspiring to live both an ethical and rewarding life. He was a generous friend and neighbor with a ready willingness to lend a hand and had a sincere concern for others, always challenging himself to do the right thing.
Community service, central to Tom's life, included refurbishing donated computers to be re-donated (which led to two trips to Cuba), working in food banks, helping the elderly and disabled, and rescuing his Cypress Garden neighbors from any electronic problems.
Tom was also a board member for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara for several years and his siblings speculated that, due to his characteristic conscientiousness, he was most likely the only member to read every last word of the endless reports submitted to them.
Tom pursued many interests -- photographing the moon and exploring the galaxy with his immense telescope, following many musical bents, studiously reading every National Geographic. Always eager to share a new discovery, his family and friends would receive surprise gifts such as recordings of Charlie Rose Shows, mariachi concerts, or new astronomical developments.
Tom shared a singular friendship with his friend, Woody Rehanek, spending many hours together, exploring the Sierra de la Giganta mountains behind Loreto, Mexico, or swimming the blue waters of the Sea of Cortex.
The Seccombe family is especially touched and grateful for the sensitive care Woody provided Tom during his final illness and his devoted friendship over the years. Tom was the beloved son of Jean and Roger Seccombe; a caring brother to Ann, Alison, and Matt; the thoughtful uncle of Lacuna, Lytton, and Ellen; and a good friend to many. A private gathering to honor Tom's life will be held at a later time.