Thomas V. Potter passed away peacefully in the early hours of March 23, 2018 at the age of 90.
Mr. Potter was a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He spent a long career associated with music, beginning with his first job at the age of 17 as a choir-member of the Emanuel Swedenborg Church in Washington D.C. for $20 per month. He subsequently held positions in the choirs of the Navy Chapel in Washington, St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed (now Congregational) Church in Chicago, and Boston's St. Paul's Cathedral. He was a long-time member of the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston, and also a member of the choir for many years at his own Old Ship Church in Hingham.
Much of his career was spent as Vice President of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, respected builders of instruments installed throughout the United States. The company produced such notable instruments as those for Boston's Symphony Hall, Salt Lake City's Mormon Tabernacle, as well as other important installations.
Thomas Potter was also a well-known and highly regarded piano technician. He cared for pianos in many schools and colleges in the Boston area, and serviced fine instruments for a great many professional artists, in particular the Boesendorfer Grand Piano for Richard Good, Victor Borge, and other artists who made use of that piano exclusively. He spent considerable time passing on his skills through teaching at the Longy Music School and the South Shore Conservatory.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Betty H. Potter, and his surviving adult children Stephen H. Potter, Van H. Potter, and Rebecca L. Hulbert, along with George W. Ward, husband of eldest daughter Christina L. Ward, (who passed away several years previously). He is also survived by nine adult grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Old Ship Church (First Parish), 90 Main Street, Hingham, at 2:00 p.m.
Honoring Tom's deep dedication and devotion to fine church music his, family welcomes donations to: Old Ship Church (Memo: Music Fund) 107 Main Street Hingham MA 02043