Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1934 graduate of Revere High School. An outstanding athlete, he began playing professional baseball in the late 1930s for the Washington Senators (Minn. Twins) and continued his career until 1943 when an arm injury forced him to leave the game. For many years, he was a well known Little League Baseball Coach in the Malden area and often privately coached underprivileged children and teenagers.
Mr. Knowlton worked for the former Carmote Paint Co. of Everett and also worked for Chelsea Clock for many years. He retired in 1988 from the Malden Housing Authority after more than 15 years of service.
He was the beloved husband of 64 years of Jean A. (Drapinska); devoted father of Janet G. Noonan and her husband, Thomas R., of Stoneham and Marleen M. Lopresti and her husband, Gary J., of Malden; cherished grandfather of Robert C. Noonan of Bradford, Ryan T. Noonan and his wife, Kate, of North Andover, Richard C. Noonan of Stoneham, Julann J. Casaletto and her husband, Ed, of Malden, Gary J. Lopresti Jr. and his wife, Karla, of Melrose, Anthony D. Lopresti and his wife, Dr. Maureen Lopresti of Chicago, Il. and Dr. Matthew S. Lopresti and his wife, Dr. Mary Lopresti, of Watertown. He is also lovingly survived by 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Edgar C. Knowlton Jr., Helen A. Pelosi, Roscoe E. and Clarence E. Knowlton.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Floor 6, Brookline, Ma 02445-9924.