Timothy Michael Kennedy

September 14, 2020 15 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Timothy Michael Kennedy – May 7, 1948 – September 5, 2020

On Saturday September 5, 2020, Tim Kennedy, incredibly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, friend and one of the best and most awesome men in our lives, left us much too soon after an extremely short battle with cancer. Tim often remarked that he did not want to hang around suffering in old age. Right to the end he was lucid, funny, at peace and of course stubborn. On the morning of his last day he joked with the hospital staff, sent a few text messages, beat his brother-in-law in yet another game of on-line scrabble – and by the afternoon he was gone.

Tim was born in Cranbrook, BC on May 7, 1948 and had many great memories of growing up in a small community. He always said the best days of his life were spent near the Eastport-Kingsgate border crossing where his Dad worked as a Customs Officer.
After high school, Tim spent a few years in the Navy as a radio operator. Returning to Cranbrook, he joined what was then called Manpower and Immigration subsequently living in Osoyoos, Vancouver and Kingsgate where he was promoted to a Customs Officer.

However, his childhood passion was to be a “Mountie” and when he applied his Mom laughed saying they will never take you! To her surprise, he entered depot (R.C.M.P. training) in Regina in the fall of 1975. After graduation in 1976 he was posted to Dawson City, Yukon and was there for a very short time before being transferred to Whitehorse. From there he went to Mayo, Yukon in 1977 where he always said he met the only woman who would put up with him. He married Liz in 1978 and they built a life together. Forty-two years of adventures followed; with moves from the Yukon to Newfoundland , back to BC and finally to Alberta. Tim’s mantra was either dazzle with brilliance or baffle with bull, which he acknowledged with a laugh.

Tim thought this statement said it all, Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Rum and Coke in one hand – ginger chocolates in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, WOW what a ride!

Over the past month Tim had a chance to spend time with family, shared some big smiles with his newest grandson Ari, reconnected with friends scattered across the country and welcomed many visitors. While we are sad, we are also uplifted by the stories of his humor, kindness and love of family.

Forever in our hearts, he will be remembered and missed by his wife Liz, sons Ryan Kennedy (Sam) and grandson Ari, Justin Kennedy and Brad Chappell (Aleta) and grandsons Hayes and Cowan; brother Pat Kennedy; sisters-in-law Noreen Kennedy and Terry Kennedy, and fondly known as BIL (brother in law) to Bob and Ginny Alger, John Meston, Stuart and Shelagh Meston and Dave and MJ Reich; many nieces and nephews and his two best friends Mike Littlejohn and Joe Mitchell. He is greatly missed by his constant companion Baxter.

Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through https://www.trinityfuneralhome.ca/
If friends/family would like, donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.
At Tim’s request there will be no formal service. However, a celebration of his life is being planned for June 12, 2021 when family and friends can safely gather together to share stories. Please feel free to email tekennedy45@icloud.com for updates.

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts - Gandhi

  1. My deepest condolences to Liz and the family for the passing of a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather & beloved friend. Tim will be sadly missed by all. He was a great man that would do anything for you, and always be there when you needed him. Tim may your spirit be alive always and be with your family and friends. Love you lots.

    Delores Phair

  2. Dear Liz, Ryan and Justin my condolences on your loss. Tim will be in our hearts forever. I will always remember his sense of humor and the fun we had always teasing Liz about his 20 phone calls a day (while we were on vacation). He was an amazing man and may he rest in peace. Hugs to you all.

  3. Liz, family and of course Baxter. Our deepest condolences to all on Tim’s passing. While we were in Prince George it was very obvious his love for his family was priority #1. Our thoughts and prayers with everyone.

  4. 35 years or so ago Valda and I arrived in our new posting of Chetwynd, BC, we took one look around at the town and said “Oh God, what did we get into!?” No sooner then we had arrived we met Tim and Liz who made us feel warm and welcomed. Tim was always a great friend, a mentor, and an all-around rabble-rouser. I can remember many all-night sessions where Tim, Mikey, Little John, and I had a “few” drinks and had played polyeconomy.
    Tim was always the first to suggest having a party or leaving town to go to a bonspiel, tournament, or some other excuse to get out of Dodge for a while.
    When I look back over my service I always remember Chetwynd as being our favorite Detachment that Valda and I had the pleasure of being posted to and it was thanks to Tim Kennedy.

    To Liz, Justin, Ryan, and Family: our sincere condolences. Tim will be missed by many but we still have so many precious memories of our times together.

  5. Hi Liz,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family!

    Allison(Victim Services)

  6. I would like to share the story of my first meeting with Tim. My husband and I had just moved into Lessard Village and were attending an outdoor dinner with several of our new neighbours. This gentleman came up to me and suggested that we rappel down the cliff behind our complex to get stray golf balls from the nearby golf course. I told him I have vertigo and am afraid of heights. Tim said with a big smile not to worry he would take care of me. I knew I had met someone who would be a lot of fun and he proved that every time we met. I miss you Tim.

  7. Liz, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Tim. I was speaking with Katherine and she let me know.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Darla (VSU)

  8. Hi Liz. I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Lili (VSU)

  9. Liz and family. Grace and I are so sad to hear of Tim’s passing. I have very fond memories of working with Tim during our time at Harbour Grace Detachment NL. I have fond memories of visiting you and time at your home in Upper Island Cove. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then. Grace and I extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. Rest in peace Tim. Take care and god bless. Leo and Grace O’Brien

    • Condolences to Liz and family. Sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. I met Tim when he was living in osoyoos ,he accompanied me on many patrols of the uncontrolled border crossings when I was on customs and excise section out of penticton.

      Jim BESSANT

  10. I knew Tim from my time at RCMP Prince Rupert as I was a Divisional Sub-Rep under his leadership. Saw him years later in Edmonton when I was working for Air Canada. He worked hard and cared about the RCMP membership. Being a DSRR (as called in my days) was a tough job. He did it well, cared about people, and was a lot of fun to be around. RIP my friend. My condolences to the Kennedy family.

  11. What a tremendous loss to all who knew him. So many fond memories spent in Mexico with Tim and Liz over the past fifteen years. Our annual winter getaway will never be the same. Tim did a great job exhibiting his gruff exterior but could never hide that heart of gold. Our hearts go out to Liz, and the boys.

    Gordon and Debbie Black

  12. So sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. He was a great human being and his passion for the RCMP and the welfare of the Members was outstanding. I dealt with Tim on many issues when he was a DSSR and he was a man of integrity, compassion, fairness, and common sense. At the DSSR conferences, his version of David Letterman’s Top 10 incidents brought the crowd to tears….
    My sincere sympathy to Liz and the family – Tim left us much to soon.

  13. to: Liz and Family. Thinking of you at this difficult time, and remembering Tim with warm thoughts and a smile. Anna and I were stationed at Harbour Grace, Nfld. with you both, in 1982/83/84(??). We have wonderful memories of Tim’s laughter, humour, and work ethic. It was a joy to have known him, even for that brief period of time. We give you our condolences . Jeff and Anna Ayris, C.B.S., Newfoundland

  14. Worked with Tim in M Div back in the 70s, he was one crazy guy that made Robin Williams look sedate. I’m sure he has a lotta of folks laughing to tears in his new plane. Fly on Tim.

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