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Smith, Timothy Eugene

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Smith, Timothy Eugene, came into the world on March 2, 1948, at St. Joseph Hospital, in Orange, California. The son of Gene and Joan Smith, he was the second of seven children in a lively and creative family. He is survived by his father, Gene, his sisters Tita Smith (Bill), Maria Smith (Mark), Monica McPheeters (Mike), and his brothers, Father Christopher, Matthew (Brenda) and Thaddeus, along with a bounty of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tim’s life was rich with his love for God, his marriage of forty five years to his bride, Kathy, and the children, the sons-in-law, and nineteen grandchildren, who were the lights of his life. Daughters Julie Busby (Jimmy), Katy Sheyka (Marc), Jennifer Nex (Mark), Anna Greene (Josh), Libby Grubbs (Shawn), Colleen Ruppel (Keith), and son Brian Timothy, cherished their dad. His grandchildren adored him. For Tim, it was important that each knew the special qualities he saw in them and he made it a point to compliment and encourage at every turn.

He always said he would have plenty of time to rest when he went to Heaven. Now was the time to do things and go places and have new experiences, and make each day something good. He was a pray-er, an athlete, a woodworker, a fisherman, a kayaker, a gardener, a conservationist, a music lover, an avid reader, a late-in-life writer, and a calm, wise man who listened well and treated everyone he met with respect. People were happy to be with him. His gentle spirit made him approachable and his great sense of humor made the most common of situations come to life and be fun. Hard worker that he was, Tim always had it in mind that the people he came in touch with were more important than the job. His coworkers invariably became his friends, and longtime friends could count on his steady affection for them.

Tim entered eternal life on the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 2013. He would want all of us to be reconciled, to let the spark of light in us help light the way for each other… to be quiet so we are able to hear God telling us He loves us.

Visitation ~ 4:00-7:00pm Thursday, September 12, Brown Colonial Mortuary, 204 W. 17th St., Santa Ana
Mass of Christian Burial ~ 10:30am Friday, September 13, St. Norbert Church, Orange. Internment to follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family appreciates donations to the ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, 480 S Batavia St., Orange, CA 92868.

 

Mortuary: Brown Colonial Mortuary

Florist: The Enchanted Florist