Thomas Coady was born on August 12, 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He lived in Massachusetts, the south of France, Colorado, and Rhode Island before moving to Gainesville in 2003. Thomas attended high school in Gainesville and, upon graduating in 2010, became a student at the University of Florida.
At UF, Thomas was a Biology major (pre-medicine) and minored in Healthcare Disparities. During his four years at UF, Thomas worked in several capacities: with immigrant families in healthcare and ESL under a Ford Foundation sub grant alongside Maria Coady; at the Veterans Administration Hospital; and in the UF pediatric neurology oncology laboratory, where he had just completed an application to begin conducting surgeries on rats.
Thomas was a methodical thinker, frequently stated that “lying is way overrated,” and always played by the rules. Thomas' character, commitment to helping others, and advocating for the underserved made his contribution to the greater Gainesville community remarkable.
Thomas was taken from us on December 6, 2014 in a tragic pickup truck/motorcycle accident. He and his friend played chess and headed out on the motorcycle to get a bite to eat. In one of Gainesville's busy intersections, Thomas and his passenger were struck. Thomas was transported to the Shands Emergency Department and Trauma Center. Doctors, nurses, and staff worked tirelessly to save his life for four hours. Thomas died at 12:53 am. His passenger also died from traumatic brain injuries the following day.
No words can truly describe the depth and extent of our loss of these promising and brilliant young adults. Forever loved, deeply missed, never forgotten.