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Don Eric Knudsen Jr.

April 2, 1974 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 49) 49 Years Old

Don Eric Knudsen Jr. Obituary

GARDNER – Don “Eric” Knudsen, 49, of Central Street, died at home unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday, February 19, 2024. 

Eric was born in Washington, DC, on April 2, 1974, the son of Don E. Knudsen, Sr. (deceased 1989) of Anaheim, California, and Paula J. (Cohen, Knudsen) Botch of Orange, Massachusetts.  Eric’s stepfather, Johnny M. Botch of Orange, passed away in 2016.

Eric was a student at St. Benedict Center/Immaculate Heart of Mary schools in both Still River, Massachusetts, and Richmond, New Hampshire.  He graduated from high school in 1992, and eventually attended Northeast School of Broadcasting in Boston, Massachusetts, where he enjoyed learning so much about media as well as city life in Boston.  He moved to Melbourne, Florida, for a few years before finally returning to Massachusetts.

Among his many interests were professional wrestling and Eric wrote a column on the subject for several years.  He did websites, loved music and attending concerts, and his musical tastes were wide-ranging.  He had a keen eye for detail and the craziest hilarious critiques of anything and everything.  He especially loved the Boston Bruins, and generally followed the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and the Celtics.  Eric loved spending time with children and animals too.  And working on genealogy, he was absolutely thrilled to find many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Knudsen family, many whom he made contact with in recent years.

Eric was a wonderful and loving son, warm, funny, sweet and sassy too!  He constantly threatened his mom Paula with “the home” whenever she messed up on something silly.  So many amazing conversations and laughs are missing now.  Eric’s family and friends, whom he treasured, are heartbroken.  He loved spending time with friends, especially since he was disabled and in chronic pain with rheumatoid arthritis and limited to a great degree – yet, he was fiercely independent and got himself out and about more than most of us could imagine.  He was SO looking forward to a planned cruise from Boston to Nova Scotia, a treat he planned to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Aside from Eric’s mom Paula, he is survived by his grandmother Bernadette Cohen of Gardner, Massachusetts; his aunt Gina DeSimone-Taylor and husband Brian of Bryson City, North Carolina; his uncle Mark Cohen and wife Jennifer of Hudson, New Hampshire; his aunt Rachel Taylor and husband Rick of Leominster, Massachusetts; and his aunt Christine Smith of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; his many Cohen family cousins, as well as his uncles, aunts, and cousins in the Knudsen family; his girlfriend Marie Dekan of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and so many dear friends.

Calling hours are Tuesday, February 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange.

A  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 19 Congress Street, Orange on Wednesday, February 28, at 11:00 AM, and burial will be at South Cemetery in Orange following the Mass.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.

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February 27, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Witty's Funeral Home
158 South Main Street
Orange, Massachusetts 01364

Mass of Christian Burial
February 28, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Mary s Church

Interment following funeral service
February 28, 2024

South Cemetery
585 South Main Street
Orange, Massachusetts 01364


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