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Thomas L. Knowlton
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Thomas Leo Knowlton, born in Binghamton, NY, graduated from Vestal High School in 1959 and, following graduation from Paul Smith College with an AAS degree in Hotel Administration, received his BS degree from the Whitmore School of Business, University of New Hampshire, with a major in Hotel and Restaurant management. After graduation, he worked as a manager with Saga Food Service at SUNY Stony Brook, NJ. He then joined the Convention and Visitors Bureau of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and then spent seven years as General Manager of the Madison Hotel and Lenox Hotel in Boston. Tom then joined Sheraton as Vice President and Director of Marketing and advanced to Executive Vice President of Development before leaving after 15 years to start a new company, Hawthorn Suites, for Hyatt Corp. In 1990, he created a hospitality consulting company, The Knowlton Company, Inc. and four years later joined the staff of one of his clients, Group One, Inc., a hospitality, architecture, interior design and purchasing company, as VP and Director of Marketing.
After spending many years in the Hotel and Hospitality industry Tom retired. He served as President of HSMAI and had many other accomplishments in the industry. He received The Certified Hotel Sales Executive designation; International Award of Tourism; Marketing Executive of the Year – Murdock Magazine; and he was co-author of HSMAI “Basics of Hotel and Sales Marketing”, to mention a few. Tom was also a member of the Punta Gorda Elk’s Lodge #2606 in Florida. Tom was Past Vice President of the Vintage VehiclesClub in Tellico Village.
Tom is a 32 degree Mason and has been active in the Old Colony Lodge A.F.&.A.M as Past Worshipful Master and Past District Deputy Grand Secretary. Tom and his son, Keith, successfully completed their US Coast Guard Merchants Marine 50 ton Masters License. He was the coach for the Hingham High School Sailing Team for three years. Tom served six years in the US Army Reserves as Specialist 4th class in the 94th Army Reserve Command. Tom and Sandy retired in 2002 and moved to a waterfront home in Punta Gorda, Fl. to enjoy retirement in warm weather. After going through Hurricane Charlie, they made the decision to move here to Tellico Village.
Tom has one son from a previous marriage, Daniel Roy Knowlton, who lives in Germany following his discharge from the US Army. Daniel married Petra Horsch of Germany and have one daughter, Leah.
Tom married Sandra P. Butterworth, of Taunton, Ma. in 1977. Sandy graduated from Fisher College with an AAS degree and worked as a Paralegal in the legal department of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company for 17 years. Tom and Sandy had:
Keith Thomas Knowlton, completed his requirements for a BS degree at Maine Maritime Academy and is now Waterfront Manager for the Riverside Yacht Club in Riverside, CT. He also holds a US Coast Guard Merchant Marin100 ton Masters license and has been active in sailing activities throughout the North East. Keith and wife Melissa reside in Redding, CT with their son Camden.
Tom leaves his wife, Sandy; son Keith and wife Melissa and grandson Camden of CT. and son, Daniel and Leah Joy of Germany. His brother Floyd (Bud) and wife Maggie of TN, and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Click Funeral Home & Cremations – Tellico Village, 145 Chota Center, Loudon, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or the Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Dept., 210 Chota Rd. Loudon, TN 37774.

Click Funeral Home & Cremations – Tellico Village Chapel is serving the family of Thomas Knowlton.

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Click Funeral Home and Cremations Tellico Village Chapel

145 Chota Center
Loudon, TN 37774


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