Timothy John Timko passed away on September 1st, 2018 in his home in Epping NH. His passing was sudden and of natural causes.
Tim was born on May 1st, 1960 in New Haven CT. He was the 2nd son of Joy and Richard (Dick)Fortino. The family lived in CT for the next 5 or 6 years. During that time, the boy's parents divorced. Joy became remarried to Robert Timko, who would eventually adopt Timmy.
By 1967, Tim had a new baby sister, Elizabeth, and the family had moved to Hampton, NH. Over the next decade, the family moved from NH to Maine, where Tim attended Scarborough HS. Despite having Asthma, he enjoyed running Track and Cross Country. Tim's passions growing up were building models and tinkering endlessly with electronics and building motors from anything he could find. There wasn't a safe gadget in the house with Timmy around. If your alarm clock went missing, it had been repurposed for a timing device for a rocket or some such project. His love of electronics and building things, led Tim to pursue electronics engineering technician programs after high school.
Tim's other love was motorcycles and cars. If he wasn't building models or small motors, he was taking apart his car or dirt bike to rebuild them to his own unique specifications. His cars over the years were always nicknamed "space wagon" and the experience of being in his passenger seat lived up to the name.
Tim moved back to Hampton, NH in 1978. He started working at the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard in 1983 as a team lead in the Painting trade and spent the next 7 years there. Tim moved to Portsmouth, NH in 1986 and continued to enjoy building models, remote controlled- anything and rebuilding his cars and motorcycles. It was during this time, Tim became acquainted with the Urantia teachings, which became a strong spiritual guidance through the rest of his life.
Tim left the shipyard in 1990 and moved to Boulder, CO to explore new adventures and places. He was able to work in his preferred trade as an engineering technician for 2 companies: Dieterich Standard and Transparent Technologies. During his 11 years at Dieterich, he was consistently recognized with performance awards. He met his girlfriend, Jen Mazurek, in 2000. He spent the next 8 years living and working in Boulder, until moving back to Maine in 2008. Jen stayed in Boulder, but they remained close, despite the distance.
Tim stayed in Maine for 2 years, then moved to Epping NH in 2010 where he would spend the rest of his life. He worked as an Engineering Technician for Wall Industries for most of that time. His coworkers have described him as one of the most well-loved employees they've ever had, and they will miss him terribly.
In Tim's last years, he spent time with family and was very grateful to make up for time lost while away in CO. He loved to go to NASCAR and drag racing with his brother, Rick. He remained contentedly emerged in his hobbies and working on his cars and motorcycle. Throughout Tim's entire life, he would sit for hours at his workbench, building his next project that would surely be or do something which no one had quite ever seen- giddy to show it to you. He would say he could make a rocking chair fly, if he wanted too! His workbench was his place of peace and serenity. His most perfect place while on this earth.
In his steadfast spirituality, he believed there was a perfect place he'd be going to after death- never fearing what was after mortal life. We trust he is there, exactly as he imagined, and we will miss him every day.
Tim is predeceased by his adoptive father, Robert Timko and his biological father, Richard (Dick) Fortino. Survivors include his mother, Joy Timko, his brother Richard (Rick) Fortino and wife Carrie, his sister Elizabeth Stanford and husband David, his nieces Maghan (Fortino) Miller and husband John, Tanya Fortino, Mackenzie Eldon and Sydney Eldon and his Aunt Betty Ann Jacks and husband Curt.
Visitation will be at Brewitt Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St, Epping, NH on Saturday, September 29th from 12 pm- 2 pm. Flowers are welcome; memorial donations can also be made to any animal shelter of your choice in Tim's name and in honor of his beloved cat, Booger-Butt, who crossed rainbow bridge in 2016.