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Obituary: Kathy Timothy

Kathy Timothy died peacefully in her home on Sunday May 31, 2009. She was 66 years old. She was born Kathy Shanahan in Chicago, IL, in 1942 to Elaine and William Shanahan. The family moved to Chappaqua in the 1950s.

She worked at NBC TV in the early 60s where she met Ray Timothy and they were married in 1964. The NBC job required the family to move every two to three years and Kathy raised her boys, Matt, Pat and Luke in Cleveland, Washington DC, Cleveland (again) and Los Angeles. The final transfer brought Kathy and her family to Port Washington in 1976 when Ray was tapped as the vice president and general manager of WNBC TV (Channel 4) in New York City.

When she arrived here in Port, she had no college degree and no significant work experience. That soon changed. She went back to college, graduated from St. John’s University receiving an undergraduate and law degree- all while her boys were still in the Port school system. She subsequently opened a law practice with a classmate and friend; Timothy and Gill in Jamaica, Queens.

In addition, Kathy became an avid runner, an early morning fixture throughout the town. She eventually completed the New York City marathon twice and the wacky Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. She also set her sights on mountain climbing, having achieved summits at the highest peak in the lower 48 states (Mt. Rainer in Washington State ) and the highest peak in Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro). She most recently completed an arduous 14-day backcountry trek to Machu Pichu in Peru in May of last year.

Through the NBC experience, she met two US presidents, attended Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Seoul Olympics.

In retirement, she and Ray built an island home in the San Juan islands, north of Seattle, WA. From there they traveled the world. Ireland, England, Italy, France (her favorite) Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and every state in the union.

After the death of her husband in late 2007, Kathy moved back to Port Washington to be near family.

The life of Kathy Timothy is an inspiration to those that knew and loved her. Her Port Washington roots were bookends on a remarkable life and a boundless energy that had only one direction; forward.

She is survived and missed by her three sons, Matt and Pat Timothy of Port Washington and Luke Timothy of Forest Hills, Queens; her two daughters in-law, Lee Anne Vetrone-Timothy and Mary Bell Timothy; her four grandchildren, Maggie, Sam, Jake and Anabel; her brothers, Richard and Bill Shanahan and her father William Shanahan, all of Connecticut. In addition, she is survived by her partners in grand-parenting here in Port Washington, Karen and Cosmo Vetrone, not to mention the countless wonderful friends both locally and across the world.

A private service was held on June 6. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Family and Children’s Organization of Long Island; www.familyandchildrens.org.