Robert Wyman Timbie, 94, passed away peacefully after a short illness on December 6, 2018, in Exeter, NH, in the company of his family and friends. He and his wife, Grace 'Gay' (Paddock), were long-term residents of Simsbury, CT. He was born February 25, 1924, in South Weymouth, MA to Bertha Puffer Timbie and Clyde Taylor Timbie and spent much of his youth in Springfield, MA and Lowell, MA.
He graduated from Lowell High School in 1942 and attended American International College in Springfield, MA for a year, before joining the US Army in 1943. During WWII he served as a medic on an Army troop transport ship, primarily in the Pacific. After the war, he attended Amherst College, graduating in 1949. On a blind date during his senior year he met his future wife, Grace Paddock, who was attending nearby Mt. Holyoke College. They married in 1952 and moved to Simsbury, CT in 1955. For most of his career, starting in 1950, Mr. Timbie worked at Aetna in the group marketing department at the home office in Hartford. He retired in 1986. He and Grace were members of St. Albans Episcopal Church in Simsbury. He enjoyed the outdoors, taking long walks, photography, reading, particularly American history and was a railroad enthusiast. He also enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee. He and Grace moved to the Riverwoods Retirement Community, in Exeter, NH, in 2009. He is remembered for his remarkable friendliness and good humor and concern for others. He was particularly devoted to Grace, who has suffered from a long illness.
He is survived by Grace, his children, Carolyn Timbie (Atkinson, NH), Andrew Timbie (South Portland, ME) and Peter Timbie (Madison, WI), daughter-in-law, Patricia Rosenmeyer (Madison, WI), son-in-law, Dustin Clampitt (Atkinson, NH), and two grandchildren, Daniel Timbie (Chicago), and Sarah Timbie (Madison,WI).
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, 43 Pine St., Exeter, NH, on Saturday, January 26, at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Bob's name to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at https://curealz.org/giving/donate/.
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