|A Tribute to Tim O'Keefe|
December 15, 2005
*Today is the One year anniversary of Tim's passing*
If a man's worth is measured by his friends, then Tim O’Keefe was a king. It’s hard to imagine ES without Tim. It was an honor to know him, and to be his friend. I think most people who met him felt the same way.
Tim held one of the first ES get-togethers at his ranch. His parties were always consistent; great food, and great company, but it was Tim, always the gracious host, that made the parties a success. He had a way of making everyone feel so welcome, and made a point of telling each of us how much it meant to him that we had come to the party.
I first met Tim several years ago when I came to a benefit get-together at his home for Kemp. Kemp was an ES member who was gravely injured in a horse accident. Members from around the country flew in for the party and benefit auction. It was the first time I saw ES as a community, one that was making a difference in people's lives. Tim saw it too, and we talked about it many times in the years that followed.
Soon after that party, Tim was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and only given 6 months. It didn’t stop him. I remember him posting something on the message board once, quoting from Tim McGraw’s, Live Like You’re Dying. And Tim did just that. He defied the odds and lived life to its fullest for another 2 years.
Tim will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. The posts on the message board clearly show that. His girlfriend Bev said it best when she said, "Tim has never understood the magnitude of what he has done for all of us. He just thought he gave us a place to hold a party..." That was the least of it. Tim was an inspiration and an example of living each day to the max. His gift to us are the memories we will cherish forever.
We used to joke and call Tim the man, the myth, the legend. Today it seems appropriate. I hold on to the thought that he is reunited with his wife, Nancy and out of pain. I hope that thought brings his children, Timmy and Kristen, solace and peace.
Our community will miss you Tim, and never forget you.
Rest in peace my friend. We'll all meet again someday...