portrait picture for Thomas William Proulx

Visitation: A memorial visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:30 AM in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Contributions: Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Jerome Building Fund, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Thomas William Proulx

June 3, 1948 - Oct. 21, 2014

Thomas William Proulx, 66, of Norwalk, CT., died suddenly on Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014 of a heart attack. Mr. Proulx was born June 3, 1948 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of the late Alfred (Buster) and Jeannette (Dodier) Proulx, both of Haverhill. After his marriage to Carmen (Thibodeau) in 1970, the couple spent 6 years in Texas before they moved to Norwalk, CT in 1976.

Tom attended St. Joseph Grammar School, Haverhill, Ma. and graduated from Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, Ma. He also graduated from Boston College in 1970 and received a PhD in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1975.

The Director of the Society for Experimental Mechanics since 2001, Tom also worked for the former Perkin-Elmer Corporation from 1976 to 1996.

An avid Bruins and Red Sox fan, Tom also enjoyed golf and playing the guitar. He had a special interest in WWII and Civil War history and he was active in the Connecticut Bridge Association and editor of the Kibitzer.

Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and he especially adored his granddaughter, Sam.

Besides his wife, Mr. Proulx is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Will Tingets and their daughter Samantha, of Norwalk, CT, and by his brother Daney of Guilford, CT, sisters Michelle Conti of Haverhill, Mass., Marie Mueller of Guilford, CT, and Donna Egan of Northwood, NH, and by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:30 AM in St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk. Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Jerome Building Fund, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.

  1. I did not know Tom very well. Our companies did business together. But I thought him to be a good man. Humble. Genuine. Interested in others’ well-being.
    To God we all belong and to him we must return.
    GTS. May you rest in peace.

    October 23, 2014
    Jamal Dajani -
  • Carmen and Family,
    I was so saddened to read of Tom’s passing. May you find comfort and support from those close to you and in memories of the very special person that Tom was. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
    Carol (Tellier) McGonagle

    October 23, 2014
    Carol McGonagle -
  • I feel honored to have met, and come to know Tom through the emmaus program. I also feel blessed to have heard the beautiful music he made all those years. In his quiet way Tom made a beautiful sound to the lord. my thoughts and prayers are with you Carmen ,Jen and family

    Eleanor Vaccaro Oct,23 2014

    October 24, 2014
    eleanor vaccaro -
  • It’s sad that he’s gone, he was always a presence at SEM and I felt that the society was helped a great deal by his work over the years. I always appreciated having him there. I’m sure he will be greatly missed.

    October 24, 2014
    Tim Miller -
  • As a member of SEM for many years now, I was fortunate to meet Tom during the Conferences and also to interact with him by emails from time to time. I am very sorry to hear the sad news about a man I respected very much. To his Family, my sad condolences for the tragic and premature loss of a husband and a father.
    Tom was an emblematic figure of the SEM. he will be sorely missed.
    daniel Rittel

    October 24, 2014
    Daniel Rittel -
  • I am sorry to hear about Tom. Each year I enjoyed seeing him at IMAC and we developed a friendship over the years. He will be missed by the family as well as the technical community.

    October 24, 2014
    Jim Lally -
  • I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Tom’s passing. He was an enormous presence within the SEM, and we were very fortunate to have him lead the society. But more importantly, he was a warm and genuine person. He cared about people, and people cared about him. My sincere condolences to Carmen, Jennifer, and the rest of his extended family.

    October 24, 2014
    Mark Tuttle -
  • I knew Tom for many years through my involvement in SEM. He was the very embodiment of ‘the friendly society’ and I considered him both a friend and mentor in my involvement with the society. I am very sad to hear of his untimely passing and I would like to pass on my condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.

    October 24, 2014
    Paul Reynolds -
  • Tom has been a friend, a colleague and a mentor for many years. I owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude and will miss him greatly. He lead SEM with a stead and compelling hand. He embodied SEM as the Friendly Society. My thoughts and prayers go to Carmen, Jen, Sam and everyone feeling his loss.

    October 24, 2014
    Eric Brown -
  • I am very saddened and shocked to hear this news.
    It was always a great pleasure to meet Tom during the SEM conferences.
    I knew he understood French and I think he was happy when I talked to him in French.
    Please send my sincere condolences to his family.

    October 24, 2014
    Jean-José Orteu -
  • Carmen & family’, As an old schoolmate & neighbor of you both I send you my deepest sympathy for your loss & hope that God will give you strength in your sorrow. Ron Langlais

    October 24, 2014
    Ron Langlais -
  • I am so saddened and shocked to hear this news. I’ve known Tom for a decade through SEM, and from day one he was always so kind to me, and so genuine. His support and encouragement when I was a student made a big difference, and I feel lucky to have known such a good person. I will miss him. My thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family.

    October 25, 2014
    Samantha Daly -
  • I am shocked and very sorry to hear the sad news about Tom that I always respected very much. He was a friendly figure within the SEM. He was a sincere and honest person, he will be sorely missed. I have met him in 2002-2003 at the first time and I remember well, he was making joke very smiling when we were met again in Portland in 2005-SEM conference. For many years now, I believe that SEM became a friendly society thanks to him.
    My sincere condolences to his family
    October 24, 2014

    October 25, 2014
    Emin BAYRAKTAR -
  • It is a shock to hear this news. Tom had transformed and made SEM into a family to all members. It was always a pleasure to meet him and SEM members at the annual SEM meetings. My sincere condolences go out to Jen, Carmen and his extended family. Tom will be missed by all of us.

    October 25, 2014
    Bill Y.J. Chao -
  • The Lane/Patuto family sends it deepest sympathy to the whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    The Lane/Patuto family

    October 25, 2014
    Kathy Lane Sullivan @family -
  • Tom was a colleague at Perkin-Elmer. I met him soon after he joined when he came over to England for familiarisation with the products that we developed here. We travelled together and I shall always be grateful for the time he spared my embarrassment as a quiet Brit by enthusiastically contributing to an authentic karaoke session in Japan when this was little known in the west.
    I would like to extend my sympathy to Tom’s family and friends.

    Richard Spragg Beaconsfield England

    October 25, 2014
    Richard Spragg -
  • Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Rest in Peace Cousin Tommy. You will be missed.

    October 25, 2014
    Ann Flood -
  • So sorry to hear the news of Tom’s passing. I knew Tom and Jen through SEM and I will always remember his brightly coloured shirts and warm welcome to all of us from the UK. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jen, and all your family, and also the SEM community- we will miss him.

    October 26, 2014
    Rachel Tomlinson -
  • I had become acquainted with Tom at Central Catholic and spent our years there as friends.
    Tom was a “stand-up” guy who I’m sure left everyone feeling better for having known him.
    My condolences to all of Tom’s family.
    Frank McFarland, Bristol Rhode Island

    October 26, 2014
    Frank McFarland -
  • I am really sorry to hear this news. I knew Tom since he started working for SEM. Last year, he visited our home and had dinner with us. He was both a friend and the Executive Director of SEM for me. We discussed all kinds of policy issues regarding SEM. Under his leadership the society thrived and excelled in all its endeavors. I never hesitated calling Tom for advice or for information, and he always gave me his honest opinion. It will not be the same going to SEM meetings without him there greeting us. He will be tremendously missed.
    We convey our sincere condolences to his wife Carmen, his daughter Jennifer (whom we have met over the years) and to his extended family.

    Arun and Vinita Shukla

    October 27, 2014
    Arun Shukla -
  • It is always a sad day when a good man passes. My deepest condolences to the family. During my attendance at SEM over the last 10 years, it has been defined by Tom’s excellent leadership. His hard work and service to advance the science of experimental measurements has been valuable and impacted my life positively. My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

    Phillip Reu

    October 27, 2014
    Phillip Reu -
  • I was active in SEM in the distant past and only met Tom to chat with on two occasions over the past 20 yearsor so. After both encounters I left feeling that the society was in excellent hands. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and the staff at SEM.

    October 28, 2014
    Fred Bailey -
  • Tom has been a very good friend over the years. I will miss him as a great SEM leader but more importantly as warm and charming person. My deepest condolences go to Carmen, Jen, and all his family.

    Francois Hild

    October 28, 2014
    Francois Hild -
  • Although I did not know him I send my condolences! I will say “here” for him at Muster. ’76

    November 11, 2014
    sharon moore -
  • Dear Carmen and Family, We just read this notice today, April 24, 2015. We are still living in Florida and wanted to tell you how sorry we were to hear of Tom’s death. This is such a loss to everyone who knew Tom and to your family. We are praying that you are all doing well. Love to hear from you if this message is delivered to you. We are not sure of where you are living just now. Love to you all, Jim & Sharon Silva

    April 24, 2015
    Jim & Sharon Silva -
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