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Thomas Kondakjian

8/6/2021

Thomas Kondakjian of Warwick, NY, formerly of East Setauket, Long Island and Lake Ariel, PA, passed away on August 6, 2021. He was 89 years old.

 

Born in New Brunswick, NJ on March 20, 1932, he was the son of the late Robert and Elmas Kondakjian.

 

Thomas served proudly in the United States Air Force, from 1952-1960 during the Korean War.  Later he worked for Stony Brook University and was one of only a few people in the world who worked on the  German Electron Microscope.  

 

An avid golfer, he played golf daily back in the day. Thomas also served as Board President and member of The Hideout community association in Lake Ariel, PA. Upon moving to Warwick, he was an active member of the American Legion Post 214; he was proud to be an American and often known as “Mr. USA” on the golf course. And we can’t forget how Thomas loved his McDonald’s “senior coffee.”

 

Predeceased by his wife, Carol (nee Kern); son, Thomas; daughter, Karlene and brother, Harry; Thomas is survived by his devoted daughter Karen Gauvin and beautiful granddaughter, Hailey Gauvin of Warwick and sister, Mary Sarkissian of Metuchen, NJ.

 

The family will receive friends at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 1:00 -3:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Calverton National Cemetery, Riverhead, NY, on Wednesday, August 11 with military honors.

 

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My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. I was privileged to have had Tom as my mentor regarding the use and application of the electron microscope while a graduate student at SUNY Stony Brook in the late '70s. I can honestly say that Tom's guiding influence served as the foundation of my doctoral thesis. He was kind, knowledgeable, resourceful and patient, and will forever be sorely missed.
Larry Edelstein
9/12/2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad you shared him with us. He was the best bingo an scrabble players never left with out winning. Sometimes he would feel bad an gave his praise away. He will be grately missed
Georgette
8/11/2021
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