Following is the obituary for THOMAS F. HINDLE, submitted for the family by the Harding Funeral Home.

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Thomas F. Hindle, 77, lifelong resident of Westport, passed away peacefully with family on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, after a several-year battle with Parkinson’s. He was the son of the late Edythe and Charles Hindle.

Tom was born Jan. 11, 1944, at Langley Field, Va. As a young boy, his family settled in Westport. He and his younger sister, Barbara, enjoyed a gentle and magical time growing up in Westport. Summers were spent going to Compo Beach to swim and to explore the two beach points looking for hidden starfish. In the winters, they went swimming at the “Y” and to skating and hot cocoa parties at the Patterson Club. 

At Staples High School, Tom was a charter member and president of the “The Orphenians,” a select chorale group that continues to perform over 50 years later.

Tom graduated from the University of Connecticut with a business degree. While in school, Tom worked at the college radio station and fed his passion for music, editing and broadcasting. 

After graduation, Tom began a long, successful career in video broadcasting technology. He began at CBS Labs where the process of overlaying text in broadcasting, Vidifont, was first being developed. Tom stayed with the same group through various corporate ownerships, including Philips, Thomson and Grass Valley. 

As a product manager, he contributed to evolving technologies; one leading to the recognition of a Technical Emmy Award. 

Later in his career, Tom worked as a senior account manager and owned large accounts such as NBC, which used his company’s equipment to bring the Olympics to living rooms around the world. 

Water, boating and swimming were passions of Tom’s. As a longtime member of the Westport Y Master’s Swim Team, he swam regularly and made life-long friends with whom he traveled the country to compete. Tom’s passion for music never waned. He enjoyed attending live performances, including those presented by the Handel and Haydn Society. 

Tom also enjoyed rolling up his sleeves for home improvement projects and transformed his home over the years. He enjoyed sharing his home with friends, especially entertaining for the Super Bowl. Tom loved to travel. He crossed the country and the world, visiting family, sightseeing and for business.

Tom was a caring family member and a person who worked to make and keep longtime friendships. Survivors include a sister, Barbara Hindle; two nephews, Matthew Cohen and Darrel Kolb, and a niece, Star Kolb. 

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Thursday Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., followed by a reception at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport. Interment will be in Nichols Farm Burial Ground in Trumbull.

Condolences for the family may be left online at www.hardingfuneral.com. Contributions in memory of Thomas, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Handel and Haydn Society, handelandhaydn.org or the YMCA of Wesport/Weston, westporty.org.