Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


Thomas E. Knudsen

October 6, 1933November 6, 2019

Thomas E. Knudsen, age 86, of Clinton, died peacefully in his home on November 6th. He was born in West Haven to the late John and Catherine Knudsen and was the husband of 61 years to Marion Pfaff Knudsen.

In addition to his wife he, is survived by six sons: Thomas (Catherine) of Orange, David (Michelle) of Westbrook, Paul (Debra) of Clinton, James (Beth) of Niantic, Michael (Amy) of Clinton and John of East Haven. He is also survived by his brother John of Madison, as well as 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Tom worked for the Madison Board of Education for 32 years and retired from the Robert H. Brown School as a Physical Education Teacher. Tom loved sports and had a lifelong passion for hockey. He was a mentor, teacher and coach to many and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday November 12th at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 54 Grove St. from 10 AM to 11 AM in the Church Hall, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. For online condolences, please visit www.swanfh.com


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Thomas E. Knudsen

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Barbara Rosini

November 12, 2019

Dear John & family
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. I just looked at Sunday paper today & saw his obituary. I'm sorry I wasn't there in person to pay my respects to you & your family.

May he rest in peace.

Peace & God Bless
Barbara Rosini

Tom Lawson

November 10, 2019

A great friend and a great hockey player. Tom was one of the reasons why West haven won the District and State Championships in 1951. Always a true "Westie" at heart, I will miss him.

Tom Lawson

Sharon Baldi

November 8, 2019

Marion and the Boys,
My days spent teaching with Tom will always be the best days of my career and life. Tom made every day fun for all the students and staff. I will forever be thankful that I had the privilege to know such a true gentleman. I still miss coffee hour down in his office.
Thank you Marion for sharing him with me.
I owe much to Tom for hiring me and teaching me how to navigate middle school.
Rest in Peace Tom,
Your "Girlfriend"
Sharon Baldi

Peggy Vitale

November 7, 2019

Sending sincere condolences to the Knudsen Family❤️To my dear friend, JK-Love You❤️