Thomas ‘Tom’ Timmons Sr., retired educator

June 25, 2020

Thomas “Tom” Timmons Sr. of Dagsboro, 78, passed away in his home, surrounded by family, Monday, June 15, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.    

Tom was born May 16, 1942, in Selbyville to Paul and Pauline Timmons. His faith and dedication began as a young boy having achieved 12 years of perfect attendance at Sunday school and the rank of Eagle Scout by the age of 15.  Tom graduated from Selbyville High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. He joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps while at the university and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence branch for the U.S. Army.  He deployed to Europe shortly after receiving his commission.  After leaving active duty, Tom continued to serve in the National Guard and rose to the rank of major.  He earned a master of education degree from Salisbury University and used his extensive education in both the classroom and in administration. He worked for 30 years, enjoying his work and retiring at the age of 55. 

Tom was a devoted attendee of the Ocean View Church of Christ.  He was an accomplished traveler who enjoyed working in the yard, reading, following the stock market, and taking daily rides for coffee. Tom especially enjoyed cuddling with pets and his two grandchildren.  

Tom is survived by his lifelong love and wife of 52 years, Susan Wood Timmons, his three children, Thomas Timmons Jr. (Melissa), Kimberly Sbarra and Paul Timmons (Holly); and his grandchildren, Josh and Juniper.  He is also survived by his sister Paula McAuliffe (Jim); his brother-in-law Gordon Wood (Pat); his sister-in-law Lois Dolby (Bruce) and eight nephews and one niece.

There will be a memorial service held at the Ocean View Church of Christ Wednesday, July 22, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Tom’s memory to Ocean View Church of Christ, 55 West Ave., Ocean View, DE 19970.  In order to maintain safety for all, masks will be required in addition to social distancing between families. 

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