OBITUARY

Thomas Blair Trudgeon Sr.

April 25, 1931July 24, 2018
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Thomas B. Trudgeon Sr., 87, of Newton, passed away early Tuesday morning July 24, 2018.

Tom was born in Franklin and was a lifelong resident of Sussex County. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and golf. He attended Franklin High School, where he was an all-county baseball player in 1948 and 1949. He won the county batting title in the semi-pro New Jersey Baseball League in 1950 and also played on the Idaho State championship baseball team. He attended Seton Hall University for two years before enlisting in the Air Force. There he was a proud member of the 45th Bombardier Squad from 1952 to 1956 and was awarded the Good Conduct medal and the National Defense Service medal. After graduating from East Stroudsburg State Teachers’ College, attending graduate school at Paterson and Montclair State Colleges, and teaching physical education at the Hopatcong School, Tom was appointed as Hopatcong’s first Athletic Director in 1968. Tom also became the President of the Newton Mat Club in 1970. Tom was a proud coach of the Newton High School girls basketball team from 1998-2008, compiling over 150 wins, including the advancement to the State finals in 2002 and 2003. Shortly after retiring as the Recreation Director for the Town of Newton, a youth baseball field was named Trudgeon Field in his honor. In 2015, he was inducted into the Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame. Tom is predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Edward and Frederick. He is survived by his sister, June Trudgeon Emery; his loving sons, Thomas Jr. and Tim; grandchildren, Sarah, Kasey, Tyler, Heather, Kaitlin, and Emma; and great-grandchildren, Jack, Kara, Lily, and Sidney. He will be greatly missed. Friends and loved ones may call Friday, July 27, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta. A private burial will be held the following day. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s.

  • FAMILY

  • his wife Dorothy, Predeceased by
  • Edward and Frederick, his brothers
  • his sister June Trudgeon Emery, Survived by
  • Thomas Jr. and Tim, Loving Sons
  • Sarah, Kasey, Tyler, Heather Kaitlin and Emma, Grandchildren
  • Jack, Kara, Lily and Sidney, Great Grandchildren

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 27, 2018
REMEMBERING

Thomas Blair Trudgeon Sr.

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George Miller

July 26, 2018

Coach Trudgeon introduced me to wrestling at Hopatcong summer recreation in 1965 when I was going into the 3rd grade. I had to wait a year to be allowed to join the team but he coached me to become the first Hopatcong county champ. Wrestlng became my joy from then on.

I recall that by the end of the year tournaments, I had to cut weight to make the 56 lb weigh in. I remember riding in the well of his VW bug to the championships wearing a plastic bag to sweat off 1/2 lb of water weight.

Coach Tommy Trudgeon set a steadfast example for me throughout my time at Hopatcong. Always wise and caring, I am sad to think of this world without him.

Rest in peace Coach. You touched many young lives. Well done.

George

Stacey Robson-Dellavecchia

July 26, 2018

Best gym teacher, rest in peace

wayne threlkeld

July 26, 2018

Tom was one of the first people I met when I arrived in the Hopatcong School District in 1970. The friendship and admiration I felt for Tom at that time has sustained itself for over 48 years. I asked the School Board upon completion of a long awaited new gymnasium to create the Thomas B. Trudgeon Wall of Fame. A well deserved honor for Tom, who stands highest among the long list of honorees! May you rest in peace Tom. Your friend, Wayne Threlkeld



Diane (Crouch) Pinsonault

July 25, 2018

Mr. Trudgeon was my softball coach my freshman year at Hopatcong High School. He single handedly taught me about perseverance in one game I will never forget. I was pitching and was wildly unfocused. I was walking batter after batter and that just made me more rattled. I begged him to take me out and he refused. "You got yourself into this mess, now get yourself out." he told me. Knowing that he would not take me out, and realizing that it was do or die, I managed to straighten up and get out of that horrible inning. He let me walk FIFTEEN girls. In a row. It was terrible. But I got out of it. I'll never forget it. Rest in peace, Coach Trudgeon. Thanks for one of the greatest lessons of my life.

Chet Zukowski

July 25, 2018

To Tom, Tim and the Trudgeon family: My symphathy goes out to you after the passing of Tom Sr. He was a good man!

Janet Johnson

July 25, 2018

I worked as Athletic Director Thomas Trudgeon’s student secretary my senior year. My first meeting with him was rocky when he told me not to wear that Avon yellow nail polish again. Lol I gulped and followed his direction. After that we were buddies and he was a pleasure to work for: “my first boss”. So sorry to hear this. Crying as I write this. God Bless You Mr. Trudgeon. Thank you for making my first “job” a very happy experience. RIP. So very sorry for your family's loss.

John C Scala

July 24, 2018

From Kindergarten at Hudson Maxim School through Graduation at Hopatcong High Tom was of the very fabric of Hopatcong. From educator to our frosh football coach to A.D. he was the definition of "sportsman". He took an interest in us beyond the athletic fields, and always treated us with respect & class. Hopatcong has taken its share of bad 'raps', but Tom was nothing but a true gentleman. I am very sorry to learn of his passing.

Joseph Baatz

July 24, 2018

As my grammar and high school gym teacher, Tom was instrumental in shaping my life direction.

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Biography

Thomas B. Trudgeon Sr., 87, of Newton, passed away early Tuesday morning July 24, 2018.

Tom was born in Franklin and was a lifelong resident of Sussex County. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and golf. He attended Franklin High School, where he was an all-county baseball player in 1948 and 1949. He won the county batting title in the semi-pro New Jersey Baseball League in 1950 and also played on the Idaho State championship baseball team. He attended Seton Hall University for two years before enlisting in the Air Force. There he was a proud member of the 45th Bombardier Squad from 1952 to 1956 and was awarded the Good Conduct medal and the National Defense Service medal. After graduating from East Stroudsburg State Teachers’ College, attending graduate school at Paterson and Montclair State Colleges, and teaching physical education at the Hopatcong School, Tom was appointed as Hopatcong’s first Athletic Director in 1968. Tom also became the President of the Newton Mat Club in 1970. Tom was a proud coach of the Newton High School girls basketball team from 1998-2008, compiling over 150 wins, including the advancement to the State finals in 2002 and 2003. Shortly after retiring as the Recreation Director for the Town of Newton, a youth baseball field was named Trudgeon Field in his honor. In 2015, he was inducted into the Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame. Tom is predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Edward and Frederick. He is survived by his sister, June Trudgeon Emery; his loving sons, Thomas Jr. and Tim; grandchildren, Sarah, Kasey, Tyler, Heather, Kaitlin, and Emma; and great-grandchildren, Jack, Kara, Lily, and Sidney. He will be greatly missed. Friends and loved ones may call Friday, July 27, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta. A private burial will be held the following day. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s.