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 Thomas Joseph “Big Tom” Knudsen, Sr

Thomas Joseph “Big Tom” Knudsen, Sr

Birth
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 30 Apr 2008 (aged 54)
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Great Meadows, Warren County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 92763175 · View Source
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Thomas J. Knudsen, 54, died April 30, 2008 in Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, New Jersey after suffering injuries from a freak accident.

Thomas lived in Hackettstown, New Jersey for 12 years coming from Hopatcong, New Jersey and was born in New York City, New York on May 22, 1953.

He was the husband of the late Sherri Schweizer Knudsen (2003) and the son of David C. Knudsen, Little River, South Carolina. He was pre-deceased by mother, the late Audrey Mignon-Knudsen and pre-deceased by step-mother, the late Nancy.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas Knudsen, Jr. and Darren Knudsen, both of Hackettstown, New Jersey and three daughters, Belinda, Alicia and Courtney Knudsen, all of Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Also survived by his brother, William D. Knudsen, Hicksville, Long Island and sister, Jean E. Hottenstein, Tunkanic, Pennsylvania.

Thomas was a self-employed appliance technician and of the Episcopal faith.

Visitation: Saturday, May 3, 2008, 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840.

Services: 7:00 PM following the visitation at Cochran Funeral Home. Thomas J. Knudsen online at www.cochranfuneral.com.

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Article by Mike Frassinelli of The Star-Ledger on on May 01, 2008 at 1:31 PM, updated May 01, 2008 at 1:47 PM.

"A 54-year-old Hackettstown man died Wednesday night from injuries sustained in a freak accident earlier in the day, when he tried to stop his runaway car in a church parking lot, police said today.

Thomas Knudsen, trapped inside the car door after the vehicle struck a wooden storage shed around 10 a.m. in the rear parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church off Hackettstown's Main Street, died at Morristown Memorial Hospital just after 6 p.m., police said.

"The car started to roll and he wanted to stop it, and apparently opened the door to get the pedals," Warren County Medical Examiner Isidore Mihalakis said today, after an autopsy determined Knudsen died of "compressional asphyxia" suffocation and chest injuries.

"But in the meantime, the car rolled up against the side of a building and he got caught between the rocker panel and the closing door."

Detective Darren Tynan, Patrolman Aaron Perkins, Lt. James Macaulay and Sgt. Scott Wheeler of the Hackettstown Police Department and Sgt. Jay Brader of the Washington Township, Morris County, Police Department lifted the rear end of the Ford Mustang to free Knudsen from the car.

CPR was performed on Knudsen and he was taken by Hackettstown rescue squad and St. Clare's medic unit to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, then flown to Morristown Memorial in stable condition, police said.

Knudsen was a widower, authorities said.

After several years of not seeing a case like this, Mihalakis said it was the second such incident he's seen in a week. Last week in Montgomery County, Pa., outside Philadelphia, he handled a case where a dump truck started to roll away and a driver who climbed into the truck got caught between the door and a post."

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Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.

Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.

All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

By: Henry Scott Holland

The above writing was written on the "In Loving Memory" prayer cards given out at Thomas' wake.


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Loving Mother & Father

Gravesite Details At the family's request, Thomas and his wife Sherri were buried at Pequest Union Cemetery in Great Meadows, New Jersey in 2009.
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