Timothy K. ‘Tim’ Moore, Mr. Obituary

Moore Sr., Timothy K. Tim was born on May 3, 1953 (a proud triple earth sign Taurus) in Minneapolis MN to Carroll J. and Gail V. (Hoyt) Moore, and sister Alice (15) and brother Mike (10 ) (all of whom were waiting to welcome him home when he left this life on June 7, 2022.) His childhood stories of being the youngest in his NE Minneapolis family were idyllic, despite his bouts of asthma. Gail died at age 48 of asthma shortly after Carroll, Gail and Tim had moved to South Minneapolis, not far from his beloved Minnehaha Falls. The loss of his mother from him at age 11 shadowed Tim’s life from him. Carroll remarried, to Connie Johnson, and Tim gained two sisters: Debra, 2 years older, and Laurie, 6 years younger. Tim made friends in his new community from him, well-regarded at Nokomis Junior High and a class leader at Roosevelt HS. He was active with the local YMCA and was Lt. Governor in its Youth in Government program at the state capitol. He loved family time with sisters and cousins ​​at the Rush Lake cabin, fishing, biking, baseball and music (Beatles, Rolling Stones and others way too numerous to mention.) His single year at the U of M left him with lifelong friends and interests . Tim married Pamela Lee in 1978. Following the birth of daughter Sarah Jane in 1979, they moved with friends to the Brainerd Lakes area. Tim sold and taught real estate, and was elected Wabado Township supervisor, recognized for his shoreland management workshops around the state. He began putting his much admired “radio voice” to work at Brainerd’s WJJY-106. Son Timothy Kevin 2 arrived in 1983, and daughter Alice Ann in 1986. He often said his greatest wish in his life was to “be a daddy.” Following his divorce from him in 1989, he relocated to the Twin Cities and began a series of customer service jobs, as well as more radio work on KLBB and several versions of “the Mighty 1280, WWTC.” At his parttime job at Rivertown Trading/Public Radio Music Source, he met Erin Sim in 1995; they were life partners until his death. He was active in trying to preserve Coldwater Spring and treasured oak trees, mounting a fundraising concert called “FOak Fest.” In the early 2000’s, Tim unexpectedly lost 75% of his vision to narrow angle glaucoma. He stepped back from the job world but was still an avid gardener and “snow shovelist,” feeder of birds, converser with crows, cuddler of cats, and maker of dozens of thoughtfully curated playlists from his vast collection of genres of music, which he turned into gift CDs for friends and family. He was awarded as 2006 9th Ward Citizen of the Year for coordinating a fundraiser for an injured neighbor. In 2009, he created a 10-minute documentary called “Heroes of 1968” for that year’s MN Historical Society annual film competition, about meeting his greatest hero (after his dad), Harmon Killebrew. The best part of the project, he said, was that Erin and her three children all helped him put it together. In 2010, Tim conceived the idea and wrote the script for a 5 minute film for the MELSA Short Film Competition promoting libraries, and won the “Best Screenplay” award for “Out of the Park” again, about Harmon Killebrew! Following in his father’s footsteps, he was a devoted Master Mason (former past master of a now closed Lodge, and recent member of St. Paul Lodge #3, and for a time building manager of the historic Triune Temple.) In recent years, the late Swami Jaidev of the Institute of Himalayan Tradition nurtured Tim’s deep well of spirituality and curiosity. Tim listened to hours of audio books on a wide variety of subjects, and considered it “going back to college.” He was delighted by the arrival of grandchildren: Eamon, Kieran, Calvin, Phoebe and Isabelle, and always hoped to share his love of bears (teddy and wild varieties) and baseball with them. His failing sight of him, the Covid-19 shutdown and a debilitating series of strokes nipped those goals. Following a collapse in his apartment from him in August 2021, he moved to Ebenezer Care Center, and the brain damage from strokes caused increasing dementia and poor anger control. Erin, Sarah, TK2 and Alice are thankful for the friends who refused to give up on friendship when Tim’s injured brain tried to drive them away, and to Nurse Betty, Nurse T, Chaplain Lee Daly, and the many other staff members at the Care Center who saw beyond the outbursts to a smart, funny man who just wanted company, and deserved to be treated with friendliness and respect. The Hennepin County Hospice Staff who regularly visited and tended to Tim during the last couple of months were hugely valuable to us all; special thanks to the two Angies, Pam, Julia, Joan, Nick, Treska and the others. Gratitude to potter Denny Sponsler, TK2’s father-in-law, for creating a beautiful, meaningful urn. A private interment will take place later in July at Crystal Lake Cemetery, near Gail and her parents de ella. Tim will feel “at home” again. A Celebration of Tim’s Life will be Friday, July 8 from 1 to 4 pm (ceremony at 2) at Wabun Park Picnic Shelter C (nearest to the Veteran’s Home and Lock & Dam). There will be music (of course), light refreshments and an opportunity to share your memories during the ceremony. Hawaiian shirts are welcome-Tim loved his! The family asks that any memorials be made to MN Pets, mnpets.com. Tim will be missed by his partner of 27 years, Erin Sim; daughter Sarah Jane Park (Mark); they are Tim 2 (Emily) and grandchildren Eamon, Kieran and Phoebe; Alice Slaikeu (Andrew) and Calvin and Isabelle; sisters Debra Stalsitz (Lou) and Laurie Turner (John) and their families; brother Mike’s children Tynan and Rebecca Moore and widow Eleonor Kotkiewicz Moore; sister Alice’s “spare family” Sandy and Mike Alexander; and many other relatives and friends.

Published June 26, 2022

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