Timothy Shawn Ruehl – Tim, Timmy, Babe, Dad, Granddad
July 18, 1959 – August 21, 2020
It is with the most sorrow that we share the passing of Tim on Friday, August 21st, Tim left us all way too soon, he was surrounded by those who loved him far and near. Tim was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Maryland, where he started his career before knowing he would become a Certified Master Technician, and he “had the plaque to prove it”, working alongside his father and brothers at his parents place of business repairing cars.
Tim had many titles, son, brother, husband, uncle, dad, granddad, nephew, cousin, son-in-law, brother-in-law, father-in-law and friend. He was a friend to all, he never met a stranger and didn’t have an enemy in the world. Tim loved a party and if he was there it was a party. Tim leaves behind his wife Sandy of 16 years, his daughters Jennifer Ruehl Wilson, her husband Mike and their children Javen, Natalya, Julian, Akira, his daughter Christine Ruehl Smith, her husband Mike and their children Kyron, Kylie , Cameron, and his son Dave.
Tim was number five of 11 children, he leaves behind his sisters Patti, Robin, Claudette and Pennie and his brothers Mike, Jim, Chris, Jerry and George. Each of his brothers and sisters have families and they have families, he was a great brother-in-law, uncle and great uncle.
He will be missed by both his uncles Harold and George and their families. He will always be remembered by his parents Ken and Ida Ruehl for his smile and his caring and loving way. Tim did not know how to say no and tried his very best to make you happy when you were with him. Tim moved from Maryland to Maine where he ran his own auto care center, Young Gun’s Service Center and an auto sales lot, lovingly referred to by family and friends as the “lemon lot”. He loved Sandy’s family in Maine and they loved him along the numerous friends he made through his work and play. Tim enjoyed golfing, bowling, casinos, and backyard get togethers, with those he lovingly called “Mainers”, he moved from Maine to Florida where he thought about retiring with his wife Sandy in 2015. Tim’s version of retiring kept him very busy.
Tim became a volunteer with Special Olympics in Flagler County with his cousin Jenny, he coached basketball, bocce, and golf. In his retirement thinking he also took on his love of fixing things, at a local golf course where he fixed anything that had an engine. His toolbox almost has as many golf balls in it as it does tools. Tim loved sports and is known to all as a true Dallas Cowboy fan, you knew not to call him during a game and he would be the first one to call you when his Cowboys won.
There was not a sport he didn’t watch and he played as many as he could. Tim always enjoyed going to a game too professional, or one his kids, grandkids or nieces and nephews were playing. He enjoyed fishing, cruising, gambling, bowling and golfing – where his favorite thing to say was “that’s a gimme”, walking the beach, cooking and fine dining.
He did not like mushrooms and you would hear a big “Oh hell no” if he found one in his food. Weiners were his go to food for family gatherings and parties, “it wasn’t a shin dig without weiners”. Tim would tell you “if you’re scared dawg, say you’re scared”.
He had a way of his own to challenge the English language and would be the first to correct you with “that’s what I said”. Both his looks and voice could put Elvis to the test. He was a lover and charmer.
Tim’s home in Florida was always open to anyone, family, friends and often through family, people he didn’t even know. Tim was the best at whatever he was doing and he was the absolute best at being the greatest of his many titles husband, dad, granddad, son, brother, uncle, dad, nephew, cousin, son-in-law, brother-in-law, father-in-law and friend.
He will be forever missed and forever loved. His stories will live on forever and in time we will smile once again as they are shared with family, friends and strangers.
Tim, Timmy, Babe, Dad, Granddad we will look up to heaven and know you are watching over us, be ready we will have frequent talks and walks. We love you and miss you already and forever.
World we are sorry to say Tim has left the building. Tim we will celebrate you each and every day, until we meet again you are in our hearts.