1935 - 2019
Born, November 4, 1935 in Irma, Alberta, Timothy “Tim” Cecil Worthington grew up in a harsh prairie environment. Work was hard, money was short, and friends and neighbours were remote. Despite the challenges of his youth, Tim grew up to be a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Tim exuded quiet strength and loyalty. He was a husband of 62 years to his childhood sweetheart, Gail Worthington (MacKenzie). Father to five extraordinary children – Debra Worthington (wife of Fred Wallin), Michelle Wortelboer (wife of Rudy Wortelboer), Diane Tulloch; Todd Worthington (husband of Teresa Worthington), and Darrel Worthington (husband of Vanessa Worthington). Grandfather to ten, and great-grandfather to (almost) eight. Although he was the only child of Cecil Worthington and Leona Frye, Tim was happy to find a connection with his sister and brothers on his father’s side in his late twenties, which carried on throughout his life. Tim’s goofy grin, unassuming love, and thoughtful insight never failed to brighten the sphere of those in his life – family and friends alike. And a great friend he was. Tim’s friendships were of the lasting kind – some for more than 50 years. Many of his closest connections grew from his passion for motorcycling, a hobby that he let go only three years ago. Tim spent countless hours on his BMW or his Goldwing touring across North America and Thailand with Gail riding pillion. When he wasn’t off exploring, Tim rarely missed a motorcycle breakfast, or daily coffee clutch with the gang.
Tim had an incredible work ethic and paid careful attention to the world around him, which earned him the hard won ability to retire from his career as a drywall contractor at age 49. Tim and Gail spent many of his post-retirement years globe trotting on extended adventures in places like India, Nepal, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Greece to name a few. In his later years, Tim relished time with his family and friends, even as his drive for excursions away eased. Tim remained at home in the care of Gail until he was briefly hospitalized prior to his death on May 17, 2019.
A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at the Kamloops Funeral Home on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, or the Canadian CancerSociety.
Condolences may be expressed at www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com