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Monday, October 14, 2019Eulogy I’ll be quick because this is not my forte. Plus, Tim would insist on it. First, George and I want to thank everyone who came here today. We could not have gotten through this week without the continuous love and support from our family and friends. For all the cards, texts, emails, Facebook messages, phone calls, we thank you. As most of you know, Tim was youngest of the four Kelly boys. He was blessed with wonderful parents, and two great brothers plus me. When he put his mind to it, Tim could excel in anything. He had deep knowledge and understanding of history. He easily could’ve been a college professor. Tim was also a very tough, stubborn guy that that never backed away from a fight. He was a very loyal guy, the type of guy you would want with you in a fox hole. However, anybody that got to really know Tim, knew he was a kind and considerate person. But they also knew the darker side of his life. Tim’s spent most of his life struggling with mental illness and alcoholism. Those demons forced him to separate himself from his family and friends and caused him to live a very hard difficult life. Yet, despite all his struggles, Tim never lost his faith. He attended church regularly and prayed often. Even in his darkest moment, God was looking out for him. He led Tim to a shelter that Mother Theresa founded in the South Bronx. The shelter is run by the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity and by a devoted group of volunteers. While there, Tim met many wonderful, compassionate people. But he was particularly blessed to have met Dennis Herlihy and John Welch who were his guardian angels for the past 20 years. My family cannot thank you enough. My brother George and I were blessed to have spent the last two months of Tim’s life with him and we take comfort from the fact that he passed away in dignity. As many of you know, Tim was a student of the New Testament. For some reason, he particularly liked the letters that Saint Paul wrote to Timothy. Gee I wonder why? One of Tim’s favorite passage was the following: “… the time is here for me to leave this life. I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the victory prize of being put right with God, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day—and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for him to appear.” Tim you ran a good race and kept the faith. Give our love to Dad, Mom, Gene, Donna and the rest of the gang. Until we meet again, rest in peace.
John Welch posted a condolence
Wednesday, October 9, 2019Timmy was always a great and loyal friend; a man of extraordinary faith. He will be sorely missed. May God bless and keep him.
Dennis Herlihy posted a condolence
Wednesday, October 9, 2019Tim- You may be gone but not forgotten. Always enjoyed your brilliant perspective on history. You were a good and valued friend. Sorry life did not deal you such a good hand but your family and friends cared for you more than you realized. May God bless your soul in Heaven eternally. Dennisok
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019