Obituary of Thomas Paul Knudsen
Thomas (Tom) Paul Knudsen passed away peacefully on December 21, 2021, at the age of 74 with his family by his side. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, Tom was a quiet loving man, quick with a joke and a warm smile. He is survived by his wife Marguerite, his sons Charles (Michelle) and Erik (Élise), daughters Anneliese (Aaron), Priya (Oliver), and Lillian (John), and his beloved dog Teddy. He is also survived by his brother John (Sigrid), grandchildren Davin, Remi, Soren, Benjamin, Elsie, Rosalie, Carter, and Lucas, and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, Tom was quiet and curious. He often kept his pet hamsters in his shirt pocket, built up a remarkable rocks and minerals collection, and allegedly shot par his first and only time out on a golf course. During this time, he also discovered a passion for classical music and began learning many instruments, including piano, the bassoon, and flute.
At university, Tom taught himself to code in order to complete his secondary education, which opened the doors to work building scientific machines. A talented programmer, his career took him and his family across the US and Europe, and eventually to science labs, universities, and biochemical companies across the world.
Family was a top priority and central to Tom’s life. He loved teaching his children how to work with their hands and gave them the freedom to explore and act with conviction. His favorite place was wherever his grandchildren were, to watch them grow up, and to share his jokes and cookies with them.
He will be remembered for his wicked sense of humor, quiet warmth and kindness, unapologetic sweet tooth, and unwavering support for his wife and children. He had a fondness for travel, especially to his wife’s native India. He loved the color and culture, the spicy food, and making music with his extended family.
Though his last few years were plagued by Lewy Body Dementia, Tom remained dedicated to making sure his wife and children were safe and happy. He will be deeply missed by so many.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) https://www.lbda.org/donate-
There will be a celebration of Tom’s life in the spring. Details will be announced at a later date.
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