Tim passed away suddenly at the Cowichan District Hosptial in Duncan, B.C. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sheila, daughters Shelley (Ed), Kelley (Dale), Susan (Rudy), son Stephen (Kelly) and grandchildren Gary, Kyle, Alex, Brittany, Darryl, Bruce, Haley, Victoria and Taylor. Tim was born in Hartlepoole, England and came to Winnipeg, Manitoba, as an infant. By his second birthday the family moved to Vancouver, B.C. where Tim remained until he joined the army at the age of 17. During his time in the military he served witth the Queen’s Own Rifles and when it disbanded he was posted to the Third Battalion of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI). During his 27 years in the Canadian Armed Forces he did many tours of duty, in various countries, under the United Nations. He retired from the army in 1988 and soon moved to Mesachie Lake, B.C. in 1989, where he became involved with the Mesachie Lake Volunteer Fire Department. During his 15 years in the fire department, Tim made many dear friends. It didn’t take long for him to start thinking of the Mesachie Lake Community as part of an extended family because of its benevolence and small town spirit. Tim’s dearest friend was Kelly Heslop. They were very close through many memorable escapades. His last words were about going hunting with Kelly. Tim’s favourite meal was Dorothy Ryan’s ribs. Known as ‘Dork’ by all his friends, he made everyone laugh with his special version of the English language, which in its uniqueness became known as ‘Timism.’ No one tore up the March Meadows Golf Course quite like Tim did. In the spirit of proper golf ettiquette, we always allowed Mr. Mulligan at least one birdie per round. Tim enjoyed a second career with the Commissionairs Corps, working at the Royal Bank in Duncan, as well as a security guard at the Gordon Bay Provincial Park. He also made many friends working in these positions. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all the doctors, nurses, paramedics and staff (in emergency and I.C.U) at the Cowichan District Hospital who assisted us and made Tim comfortable in the end.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be a ‘Good Ole Fashion Irish Wake’ for Tim at Mesachie Lake Volunteer Firehall on Friday, April 22, 2005 at 2 p.m. Tim has left us far too soon and is deeply missed by us all. Especially his trusted pet, Frau Hound, who is extremely lost without him. Flowers are gratefully declined. In memory of Tim please donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada #303-1338 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 1H2 or leave donation at the firehall.