Tim was born at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville NC, soon moving with his family, parents Ed & Susie, and siblings Nick & Jeanie, back to their native California San Francisco Bay Area, eventually settling down in the El Sobrante Valley. Tim attended local public schools and graduated from De Anza High School in 1990. Along the way, he was very active in Boy Scout Troop 127, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
Soon after graduating from high school, he moved in with his grandparents, Ralph and Nella Barbour, so he could attend Santa Rosa Community College. As a college student, he was employed by Walmart where he learned the customer service side of the retail business. After completing his course work, Tim's next job was at Whole Earth Access in Berkeley, working in the computer operations side of the retail business. Quickly working his way up into the supervisory ranks, after 7 years of running himself ragged, Tim left Whole Earth Access and took a couple years off from work.
Christmas 2001 found Tim travelling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to ask Norma Monterrubio Cruz to marry him. They had met four years earlier and kept up a long-distance courtship. Tim and Norma were married in June 2002 at Lake Tahoe, one of their favorite places to visit.
Tim then went to work for Costco, rotating through all the job positions, excelling in his customer service and sales capabilities, eventually choosing to work in the gasoline station service jobs.
Tim loved life and interacting with everyone within reach. He enjoyed family and friends, visiting and playing games. Always a jokester and making everyone laugh, growing up, he was an instigator in the family 'Cousins Club' annual weekend get-together parties. He thoroughly loved beating his father in their ongoing Canasta or Cribbage card games.
Born with only 35% functionality in his kidneys and other physical disabilities, compounded further by teenage diabetes, Tim was destined for a shorter than normal life span. In 2008, his kidneys failed and he began dialysis three days a week. In 2014, he finally could no longer endure the grueling dialysis-work regimen and quit his job at Costco.
In May, 2020, he had emergency surgery to remove a flesh-eating microbe that resulted in a caustic infection. He survived the surgery and 90 days in the Intensive Care Unit at the Kaiser Roseville Medical Center. His surgical wounds had healed well. He was up out of bed sitting in a chair on Saturday August 8th, talking to all the nurses. Tragically, on May 11th, he died suddenly of Septic Shock and Cardiac Arrest.
Tim is survived by his wife Norma, his father Ed, his siblings Nick and Jeanie, and his nephew Julian, Nick's son. Tim's mother Susan, passed away in 2018.
Tim was 48 years old, a life too short. He brought laughter and smiles to all of us. He will be deeply missed but remembered well for all that he gave us.
A TRIBUTE TO MY DEAREST HUSBAND
by Norma M. Stone
Tim was a loving husband and an amazing human being. He loved life, fun, nature, people, games and was a kind, generous and happy person. Tim loved his family and always found a reason to celebrate. He is the most wonderful person I've ever met. I feel extremely blessed to have been part of his life and to have had him in mine.
Tim always looked at the bright side of everything, always positive, and generous to everybody he encountered. He loved to play jokes on people and had a good sense of humor. You would always see him smiling and making others happy.
Tim and I loved to spend time with his family. He loved family card and board games, especially competing with his father. We enjoyed many camping and fishing trips with them. Lake Tahoe was our favorite destination for these outings.
We were married in 2002 at Lake Tahoe, and in 2004 we travelled to my home town in Mexico to visit my family. While there, we had a wonderful wedding ceremony in the Catholic church, and a traditional Mexican reception celebration welcoming Tim and his parents into the family. During our 18 years of marriage, we enjoyed many wonderful loving experiences as a couple, and memorable times together with family.
He was always humble, kind, and had a generous gesture for everyone he met.
Tim was a very caring and loving husband. He made me so happy all of the years we were together; I will miss him and love him forever. He will always be the love of my life, and forever in my heart.