Thomas E. Knight 1937-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs


TEMECULA, Calif .– Thomas Edward Knight, 84, died on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 of acute leukemia and heart failure.

He was born in 1937 in Youngstown to Mary and Fred Knight. Tom joins his brother, Bob, in Heaven and is survived by his brother, Fred, who currently resides in Cortland.

A graduate of Youngstown University, Tom went on to teach history at Tallmadge High School before leaving the profession to work in sales for Proctor & Gamble. He then turned his career towards a sales position in education at publishing houses such as Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan and Scott Foresman. For over 30 years, Tom has sold textbooks to schools across the country.

Upon retirement, Tom took a part-time job at the Temecula Valley Golf Course. Let’s be honest, he did it for free golf and the fun of golfing with friends.

Tom loved to play the slots at local casinos and in Las Vegas and always had a good time. He just liked the fun of it all. Tom had an ever-present positivity and a great sense of humor. He was a wonderful guest and a true friend.

To know Tom, you have to know Rosalie Messina Knight. His wife of 58 years, Rose and Tom were always next to each other. They loved to travel together, especially their trips to Italy and Alaska. Their social calendar was always filled with activities, from bowling to the Card Club to the Italian Club and the Knights of Columbus.

Tom was English but became Honorary Italian when he married Rosalie. They had two children together, Tom Jr. and Laura. Tom Jr. resides in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with his wife, Kelly, and their three daughters, Emma, ​​Chloe and Sadie. Laura, her husband, David, and her daughter, Sunday, live in Marina del Rey, California.

Tom loved being a grandfather, starting most phone calls with a silly joke much to the amusement of his granddaughters, who will be sorely missed. He was really loved by everyone who knew him.

There will be a Mass and Celebration of Tom’s Life at a Luncheon Reception on November 15, 2021 in Temecula, California.

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