Ted Timmons

Obituary of Ted Timmons

May 14, 2018. Ted is predeceased by his parents Richard & Pauline Timmons. He is survived by his wife Donna M. (Kronz) Timmons, children, Nicole Timmons, David (Danielle Raymo) Timmons, Rob Hendricks & Danika Hendricks; brother David Lee (Cheryl Crim) Timmons; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. For more information about Ted please visit www.bartolomeo.com

Ted's visitation will be Sunday, May 20th, 1-5 PM at the Funeral Home, 1411 Vintage Lane, (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.). His Funeral Service will be celebrated Monday, May 21st, 10:30 AM at the Funeral Home. Ted's interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donation's may be sent to National Kidney Foundation, 15 Prince St., Rochester, NY 14607 in his memory. View Ted's military service at this link: https://youtu.be/4g5X9Ojc5r0  .


Ted Timmons was born November 22, 1949 in Defiance, OH. His parents, Richard and Pauline raised Ted and his brother David at their family’s home there.

During Ted’s grade school years, he was gone all day - playing with friends, exploring and swimming in the Defiance community pool.

Once Ted hit his teen years he developed a love for music. He began playing the drums and the bass. He would openly admit that he was a horrible student. He was easily distracted by normal things that can pull a young man’s attention astray.


Life Events


Graduated from Defiance High School



Graduated from Valparaiso Technical Institute · Electronics · Valparaiso, Indiana


“I spent too much time learning how to play folk guitar and not enough time studying. Drove back and forth to Defiance many weekends to play drums in a band. Enjoyed working at Ace hardware during the week.”


Moved to San Francisco (US Army Presidio)



Served in the US Army



Moved to Fulda, Germany


While serving in the Army, Ted met Nicole and David’s mom, Margret.



Xerox Software Engineer, Rochester, New York



Served in the Army Reserves



Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology · Electronic Technology · Rochester, New York


“6 years of night school while working full time at Xerox”


Nicole was born



Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology · Master of Science · Applied Mathematics and Statistics · Rochester, New York


“Another 2 years of night school while working full time at Xerox”


Licensed to fly - became a private pilot


David was born



Left Job at Xerox, Sailed to Tortolla British Virgin Islands



Worked for The Rochester Group



May 21st met Donna for first date at Perkins



Ted and Donna were married on April 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rochester, NY


Traveled to St. Lucia for honeymoon that lasted for 21 years



Retired from work, but never stopped playing


Favorite Quotes


“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.


“The best way to keep good intentions from dying is to execute them.”


“There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen.”


“A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.”


“Don't promise when you are happy, don't reply when you are angry, and don't decide when you are sad.”


“What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.”


“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”


“Don't say something permanently hurtful just because you're temporarily upset.”


“Praise in public but criticize in private.”


“There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman...neither works.”


“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did; but, people will never forget how you made them feel.”


“If you think you can or if you think you can't, you're right!”


“If you can remain calm, you just don't have all the facts.”


Ted lived his life enjoying the three F’s: Family, Flying and Fun.

He was a licensed pilot. He owned his own plane and gliders. He served as a mission pilot and flight instructor in the Civil Air Patrol, and was a tow pilot and instructor in the Finger Lakes Soaring Club. Ted’s favorite plane’s call numbers were N111TJ.

Donna and Ted would go away every year to celebrate their anniversary and visited locations such as Mexico, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park, Niagara Falls, Acadia National Park, Mackinac Island, Block Island, Ottawa, Alaska, Russia, Montreal and the San Juan Islands.  Donna recalled twisting Ted’s arm to take up ballroom dancing; while initially Ted did it to please her, he eventually grew to enjoy it even more than she did.

Ted loved taking in the beauty of the outdoors. He was at home behind the controls of either his plane or glider. When not enjoying life in the air, he looked forward to a series of boats, motorcycles, bicycles and cars. Ted and Donna shared special times hiking at the many parks they visited across the country.

Ted was extremely proud of his family. He loved Donna, Nicole, David, Rob, and Danika very much. He always looked forward to getting together with family especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

He always had to keep his brain moving. During his “down time” he could be found mastering a Rubik’s Cube, figuring out brainteasers, putting together a jigsaw puzzle or playing his guitar.

He liked watching The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jeopardy, and Steven Colbert. He often listened to rock and roll from the 70’s. He enjoyed James Taylor, Buddy Rich, Fleetwood Mac, and Bonnie Raitt. ­­­­His favorite song was “Where’ve You Been?” by Kathy Mattea.

Those who knew Ted will remember him as being unconventional, intelligent, humorous, honest, family-centered, loyal, hardworking, dependable, and fun-loving. His thirst for knowledge never ceased. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.