Timothy Paul Smith, 59, of Rockaway Township, passed away
suddenly on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Saint Clare’s Hospital. Tim was
born in Madison, Illinois and has been a resident of Rockaway Township since
Tim was raised in Glen Carbon, Illinois and was the youngest
of four. He loved baseball from an early age and became a devout St. Louis
Cardinals fan after his father, Blandford Smith, surprised him with tickets to
an afternoon World Series game, allowing him to skip school and go to his first
baseball game with his dad.
Tim attended Southern Illinois University where he received
his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating, he worked for HBE
Construction in St. Louis for a year until moving to New Jersey in 1982. Soon
after moving to New Jersey, Tim was introduced to his wife, Susan, and he never
looked back. They married on August 11,
1985 and bought their first house in Denville. Seven years later they purchased
their home in Rockaway where they raised their three beautiful children, Jenna,
Rachel and Bryan.
Tim was very involved with Rockaway’s recreational baseball
and basketball leagues where he coached his son’s teams every year. He took
every chance he could get to be on the field/court coaching. He also enjoyed
playing golf in his spare time even though according to him he, “wasn’t any
good.” Golf was a good way for Tim to unwind and enjoy the fresh air. The only
problem Tim had with golf was the volume of his voice. Tim may have been the loudest
speaker in all of Rockaway. He used his “outside voice” at the construction
sites every day and didn’t seem to turn it off once he got home, but everyone
loved him for it. Although he was loud, he was always cheerful, and his
powerful yet chipper voice seemed to make strangers feel like they had known
him their whole lives.
From his detailed storytelling to his funny faces, Tim could
always make anyone smile. He had the most contagious laugh that was almost
magical. It was amazing how quickly he could change someone’s mood with just a
He was most recently a Construction Superintendent for Wohlsen
Construction and spent thirty-six years in the engineering business. But Tim’s
favorite job was being a devoted husband and father. He worked hard every day so he could come
home and spoil his four favorite people in the world. He enjoyed grilling
steaks in the back yard, laughing until he cried playing Cards Against Humanity
and traveling the world with his soul mate. His level of patience was something
everyone should strive for and his capacity to love was never ending.
Tim is survived by his wife, Susan of thirty-two years; children
Jenna, Rachel and Bryan; siblings Pat, Dan, and Greg as well as his nieces,
nephews and many other loved ones. Tim was predeceased by his parents,
Blandford and Jeanette.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, from
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM with a service from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Tuttle Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American
Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.