Thomas Robert “Tom” Sandvik

April 3, 1952 - July 12, 2020

Thomas Robert Sandvik “Tom,” 68, of Hudson, Florida passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Putnam County Georgia. Thomas was born in Fargo North Dakota on April 3, 1952. He was the son of the late Herbert L. Sandvik and Barbara K. Sandvik.

Tom had many interests throughout his lifetime. He had an incredible variety of activities and talents that started early in life. He was a gifted swimmer, named All American he was the first from the state of North Dakota awarded this title in his discipline. His record in the 50 Meter freestyle stood for years. His athletic career took him to the University of Minnesota. After he left the “Gophers” of the U of M he attended North Dakota State University. During his time at North Dakota State he met his wife Mary Wallace Sandvik and they married in the summer of 1973. After relocating to Florida, he went on to finish with a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology at the University of South Florida.
As a Jack of all trades, his spectrum of knowledge and skill allowed for a wide variety of professions. When not working he spent numerous hours coaching youth athletics including swimming, baseball and soccer. Tom never met a stranger and would not pass up a chance to talk to anyone. He loved golfing with friends, music and a good book. He went on countless “adventures” that only the people included at the time can accurately describe.

In the recent years he began using his skills for charitable endeavors. He began sewing again and finished over 500 masks and headbands that he delivered on his motorcycle to many local healthcare workers throughout the area. He also loved to spend his time playing Santa at numerous holiday events and charities.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Mary; his three children, Patrick, Elizabeth (Randall), and Lea; Granddaughter, Zoe; his sister, Kathrine with Niece and Nephew, Jennifer and Daniel. With strict adherence to social distancing guidelines, Tom’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 2pm at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Chapel, 5228 Trouble Creek Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34652. Wearing of masks will be mandatory for all in attendance.

In Lieu of flowers please donate to the following charities on his behalf:
https://www.neworleansbulldogs.com/donate    or    https://firsttee.org/donate/

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  • Don Waldera Posted July 15, 2020 12:53 pm

    I remember as if it was yesterday, rowing the boat with uncle Herb, alongside young Tom, as he swam across Little Pine Lake in Minnesota. As he walked up on the shore after a more than two mile swim, a person on the shoreline asked, “Where did this kid come from?” Tom pointed across the lake with a smile. Yes indeed, where did this “Kid” come from?

  • Dana Selfridge Posted July 15, 2020 1:02 pm

    Tom was loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time. We hope you find peace in the memories you share.

  • Wanda DeLaRosa Posted July 15, 2020 1:45 pm

    Please accept my deepest condoleances for your family’s loss. I pray God grants you peace and comfort during this difficult time. My heart goes out to you during this time of sorrow. .

  • Bruce torkelson Posted July 15, 2020 2:02 pm

    Last saw Tom few years ago in perham mn and after not seeing for at least 25 years it was a blast playing golf with him and catching up with each other…and was so looking forward to golf with him this friday…my condolences to his wonderful family that he proudly told me all about

  • Cathy Alred Posted July 15, 2020 3:54 pm

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Mary, please know you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray you will find peace that Tom is with his heavenly father and God wraps his loving arms around you giving you peace and rest during this most difficult time.

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