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Kirk Broomhead
1952-March 26, 2021
Ashland, Oregon

Kirk Broomhead, 68, passed away in March 2021, a few weeks after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Kirk was born in New York, NY to Jack and Jean Broomhead. He grew up in Atherton, CA and Greenwich, CT. Kirk was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Tufts University and the training program in technical writing at Fitchburg (MA) State College. After college, he worked as a firefighter for CAL FIRE in the Salinas Valley. He worked as a technical writer for Digital Equiment Corporation in Nashua, NH, VMware in Palo Alto and Datrium in Sunnyvale. Kirk had a natural aptitude for technology combined with a great ability to communicate. He prided himself in taking difficult technical concepts and making them clear and understandable for others.

Music was very important and significant to Kirk throughout his life, and he played piano and guitar for his own enjoyment. Kirk also had a passion for architecture. He designed his own post-and-beam house on a wooded property in Brookline, NH and oversaw all the details of construction himself. It was designed for music with soaring 28 foot ceilings that allowed the piano or guitar music to fill the entire house. His many other interests included reading for fun, watching movies, listening to music, spending time in nature, enjoying wildlife, and bicycling and walking and kayaking near his home in El Granada.

Above all, Kirk was a true gentleman. He was always kind, polite, generous and supportive of the people in his life. Kirk was also a man with a great deal of personal courage, integrity, and character. He is survived by his sister Barbara Estabrook, her husband, Jay Estabrook, and their children, Abby and David, all of Acton, MA. Kirk is also survived by very close life-long friends who loved him very much. He was wonderful man who will be greatly missed.

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