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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  • vilma padilla Posted July 16, 2020 12:13 pm

    There is never an easy way of saying how sorry a person is when the other person(in this case you, Mrs Mary) is in so much pain. I can only tell you that reach out to those who are close to you for their support and cry as you have never cried before so later you can use that same support to love and remember him in the funny things, in the peculiar things, in his lessons, and everything that he did for you and the family to keep his memory alive, and each others love stays in your heart Alive.. As humans, we are selfish because we don’t want to let go of a Loved one, but if we have to do it, we definitely don’t want for them to go in such tragic ways….Mary, my heart aches for your pain! Please feel my sincerity in what I say to you, I’m so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with yo!

  • Jule Selbo Posted July 16, 2020 1:23 pm

    Growing up with Tom in Fargo, on the Y swim team, and as fellow students at North High was fantastic. Such energy and fun and kindness. Good life, Tom. You will be missed by so many..

  • Tony Kopera Posted July 16, 2020 1:25 pm

    Mary & family – It is with great sadness in my learning of Tom’s passing especially since I just spoke with him prioir to his trip. .Please accept my heartfelt and deepest condolences and please know taht I hope that in a small way they help through these trying times. He will never be forgotten – I will miss watching the ND State Bison games with him. 🙂 Mary – May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue look over and bless you and your family. Be rest assured that though he may have left us but he will NEVER be forgotten.

  • Rick Sakshaug Posted July 16, 2020 2:44 pm

    This was a tough thing to hear. Tom was one of the good guys from the North High class of 1970. He had a great personality and always greeted you with a smile. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends. God Bless!!

  • Marian Doyle Posted July 16, 2020 2:58 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Tom for over 6 years at Citi. He always had a smile and made me laugh with his crazy stories. This brings me great sadness. Condolences and hugs to the family.

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