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April 17, 2014

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Phillip J. Timp

Published: 10/03/2013

Phillip J. Timp

Died: Oct. 1, 2013

Courage. Serenity. Hope. Love. Those endearing characteristics defined the life of Phillip J. Timp, 56, compassionate father and loving husband, who departed this life Tuesday to meet his Lord and Savior.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Timp, and a brother, Luke.

Phil is survived by, as he wrote in his recently published book, his "most beautiful and compassionate friend, wife Cindy, his angelic daughter Beth, his darling daughter Katie, and his big-hearted son Joseph."

He is also survived by his mother: Rose Walleze; his mother- and father-in-law: Phyllis and John Prince; his "Band of Brothers" and their spouses and partner: Marty and Jacque Prince, Steven and Sheila Prince, Bill and Gena Prince, Phillip and Andrea Prince, and Jeff Prince and Michael Jolly; four sisters and their spouses and significant others: Anne and John Bradley, Sarah and Jim Henkel, Helen Reed and Frank Bjione, and Gemma and Bruce Dehnbostel; many loving nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Phil is also survived by his faithful and loving companion, his service dog, Nelson.

Phil was a loving and energetic personality who motivated people to live life at 110 percent. For more than 20 years, he was a motivational speaker, addressing families across the country about the realities of raising a special-needs child, sharing the trials and triumphs he and his family experienced with daughter Beth.

He was an avid community member, leaving his mark as the senior vice president of a public relations firm, The Corporate Image, an award-winning journalist, executive director of a non-profit disabilities foundation, The Beth Foundation, president of the board of directors of the YMCA, an elder at Central Presbyterian Church, and a volunteer leader of Pioneering Healthier Communities.

After being diagnosed with ALS in 2011, he used his powerful, inspirational messages to encourage congregations, civic groups, support groups and individuals to always look for the "Silver Linings" in life.

His triumphant spirit inspired family and friends to form Team Timp, which participated in dozens of community events to raise funds to support the fight against ALS, raising more than $125,000.

Phil's autobiography, "Moments That Took My Breath Away," tells of the numerous mountains he faced and climbed time after time with grace, dignity and a positive attitude, always looking for the Silver Lining. He poignantly tells inspirational stories of his passion for long-distance running, life-changing moments with his daughter Beth, and breathtaking moments fighting and defeating ALS. Throughout his two-and-a-half year battle with ALS, Phil leaned on and, ultimately, grew in his faith.

The Timp family expressed their many thanks to the hundreds of people who supported Phil and the family with their kind words and prayers. Their generosities are very greatly appreciated.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Ave., Bristol, Va., with Dr. David Wadsworth officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Phil has requested bright and celebratory colors be worn to celebrate his life.

Memorial donations may be sent to The Beth Foundation:; Tennessee ALS Association Tri-Cities Walk for Team Timp:; or Service Dogs of Virginia:

The Timp family is in the care of Weaver Funeral Home of Bristol.

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