Political Leader, Anti-Blight Chief, Tom Coble Passes Away

City employee Tom Coble, a key Bridgeport political operative for decades, has passed away. Coble was a mainstay of East End politics and supporter of Joe Ganim’s return to the mayoralty in 2015.

Popular with political insiders, the genial Coble served as the city’s director of anti-blight leading demolitions of neighborhood eyesores.

He struggled with health issues the past few years.

Tom Coble with Mayor Joe Ganim.

From East End District Leader Ralph Ford:

Tom was my brother. We started out in politics together. He was the ultimate master in political tactics. We won so many political fights. I am going to miss him dearly.

From Mayor Joe Ganim:

Mr. Coble worked for the City of Bridgeport for 13-years as the director of the Anti-Blight program and then an inspector with the Licensing and Permitting Office. He always strove to improve the quality of life in our city. Among other things, you would find Tom in our community planning and executing demolitions of blighted properties to revitalize neighborhoods and make way for a new park, home or business. Tom Coble made a positive impact on the City of Bridgeport and will be missed.



  1. My condolence to the family of Tom Coble. Tom was one of early young blackmen who got involved in Bridgeport politics at every level and a local and very hard worker a d he will be terrible missed. I enjoyed listing and talking with Tom, I first met Tom when he was in high school and it was sports and school, Tom will be missed.

  2. My sincere condolences to the family of Coble. I don’t have to tell them what a wonderful guy he was, so I’ll just say may God be pleased with his time on earth and that he will be truly missed by those of us who loved him.

  3. Sincere condolences to Tom’s family at what should be a light-hearted, cheerful time of year. Tom always had a friendly word for me when we passed each other’s way, which is how I will remember him. RIP, Tom.


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