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Donations

If you wish to make a donation and help to lift his fund-raising initiative from this limbo, you are invited to do so directly on the following website: http://kilimanjaroclimb.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=260553. You may also wish to make a donation to a charity of your choice on Tim's behalf. Please remit your donation directly to the charity.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Timothy Liddiard

Death Notice

Timothy Hennessey Liddiard Tim Liddiard died in Victoria Hospital on May 4 in his 62nd year after a valiant attempt to overcome the second of two unrelated cancers. Only six months after successful surgical intervention of prostate cancer that took place in early 2007, he trekked to the pristine wilderness of Jonas Pass and Lake O'Hara, the lush floor of the Grand Canyon, the majestic summits of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro, the spiritual ruins of Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, and fulfilled his boyhood dream of witnessing the wildebeest migration on the Serengeti plains. He is dearly loved and deeply mourned by Francis Chan, his partner in life and journey of 31 years, and Jet of Manitou III, their handsome Black Labrador Retriever who enjoyed Tim's devotional care and gave his daddy much happiness in return. He is missed with sorrow by his two brothers and family: Clifford and Denise of Sault Ste. Marie, with sons Colin and Richard, and their wives Laura and Lindsey; Dan and Terri of Laguna Beach, with Ashley, Andrew, and their mother Joanna; his beloved Aunt Edna Hennessey, Aunt Rita Smith and husband Alan, and cousin Joanne, all of St. Catharines. Also in grief are Francis' troops of brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and grand nieces and nephews who naturally called out for a hug from Uncle Tim even before they understood the context and at a time when many others might still have cast a judgemental frown. Tim was blessed with love and spiritual guidance from Drs. Joanne and Jim Silcox, and with dedicated friendship with Rick Brown and David Friesen, Pat Shanahan and David Heaton, who as a group provided Tim and Francis with their weekly quota of socializing with delicious food and juicy conversations in fine London eateries each Friday night. Tim spent his early years in St. Catharines until his parents, Stan and Marion, moved to Lake Temagami to build the once popular Manitou Hotel, Bar and Restaurant as a gathering place for cottagers on the lake. Tim shed his Ridley College uniform and was placed for a term in a one-room school house on Bear Island and earned his keep as a dock boy. Life was not easy for the rich little alien in school, but in time, his affable and generous personality won over the respect and friendship of his schoolmates, particularly after he convinced Stan to build a baseball diamond in the family's home island and bought equipment for the school children and band members to play ball. After a care-free life working in various Ontario cities as a hotel manager, he came to London to attend a Homecoming football game and decided to stay on. In 1981 he found work in Financial Services and then in the Office of the Registrar at UWO and continued as a dedicated and knowledgeable staff dealing with fees and financial accounts until the day of his diagnosis with lung cancer in November. At his interview for the position, little did his supervisors in Finance know that he gave away his minnow keeps as a dock boy to school friends who were in need, never passed by the destitute on the street without giving them all his pocket change, and invested most of his earlier earnings in the Liquor Control Board with no financial returns. Tim is loved by many at Western and its affiliated University Colleges as his love for them is genuine. Colleagues will miss his candour, humour, his chocolates, his post-cards and currencies from exotic places around the world, and his early snowy morning phone calls to caution out-of-town coworkers on road conditions. Most of all, they will miss his wise and honest advice about living one day at a time, a recipe which he used himself as he battled both alcoholism and his two cancers. Tim's life was greatly enriched by his A.A. friends who shared with him the collective wisdom of the Program. He was thankful that two A.A. members visited him a few hours before he died and presented him his last birthday medallion which he smilingly held in his hand until strength vanished. Tim's family wish to thank the expert and compassionate care from Dr. Darius Ho, Dr. Richard Inculet, Dr. Bryan Dingle, and Dr. Edward Yu, as well all the health care workers who looked after him at home and in Victoria Hospital, particularly Val who gave him comfort and fellowship in his last hours. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at the Great Hall, Somerville House on UWO campus at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009. Friends, colleagues, students, neighbours are invited, together with their young children, to come and share stories and memories of the Tim that they know and love. After Tim recovered from prostate cancer surgery in 2007, he set up the "Kilimanjaro Climb for Cancer" initiative to raise funds for Cancer Research and Education at the London Regional Cancer Program. His goal was to raise $1 for every foot that he climbed on Kilimanjaro. So far, the donated fund left him 8,758 feet short of the goal. If you wish to make a donation and help to lift his fund-raising initiative from this limbo, you are invited to do so directly on the following website: http://kilimanjaroclimb.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=260553. You may also wish to make a donation to a charity of your choice on Tim's behalf.