Patty Smith
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Kudos & Kindness: Thank you for remembering our Timmy on his 6 year celebration of life

Our family thanks all of you for coming over to Our Home “The Smith House” and celebrating Timmy’s 6th celebration of life. I know those who couldn’t make it were here for us and Timmy in spirit and love from your hearts.

I can’t believe it’s been 6 years that our loving Timmy has been gone. He is loved and missed by so many, that contagious laugh, that silly grin, his witty sense of humor that could make you laugh even if it was your worst day. Timmy was also a very compassionate, caring, loving and a protector to so many who came into his life. He was so proud to serve his country and he served with honor and pride. I will never forget when he told me, “Oh by the way a recruiter is coming over in a hour by the way mom.” And we were in the middle of painting the kitchen and the house was a wreck, paint everywhere and furniture all over, I said “What, are you talking about and why didn’t you tell me?”

He then proceeded to tell me in a very adult manner, “Mom I want to talk to him alone first and then you can come out and join us with the details”. My baby boy was all grown up. I knew Timmy had wanted to join the Army since he was 7, but I was just standing there with a paint brush in my hand crying. He said “Mom don’t start crying, I am going to be fine.”

It was so nice to have so many of Timmy’s friends and our friends come to our house, just like the good old days, any time Timmy could get a leave he would call me and I would book him a air line ticket with Marvis Best, who was wonderful, she would just ask for the dates as she knew why I was calling. Timmy loved coming home and getting together with all of his friends he grew up with and we had BBQs and party’s every time he came home. And I thank all of Timmy’s and our friends for sharing this day with us, and especially Janis my neighbor who helped me with the flowers and everything as she always does, especially that day.

That is why it was so nice to have it at our home this 6th year. This year we thought we would do it like the good old days and I thank all of you who came and brought food for the pot luck and everyone talking about all of their favorite story’s about each of them with Timmy. And then my surprise from my daughter Jackie and Tommy, they called me into the family room and were all sitting around and said sit down mom. And then this video came on, well everyone was in tears. Jackie has two friends who have written four books and Elizabeth McNew and Jessie Langlois-Ott want to write a book about Timmy, his legacy and his life here in Tahoe and in the Army. They have started Kickstarter site to help raise money for the project. It is for our whole family and we all are so excited, so please check it out and Thank You to my loving daughter Jackie and loving son Tommy for making my dream come true. Visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/confessionobsession/how-love-and-war-effect-us-all for more.

Sgt. Timothy Michael Smith was taken from us while serving in Iraq. He was killed in action on April 7, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq. Timmy was a proud and brave soldier and friend, he joined the Army on April 28, 2004 as a Combat Engineer, and later was also a Husky Operator and his job was to disarm IED and EFP devices. He was assigned to Alpha Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Oct. 24, 2004, after completing his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri as a Combat Engineer.

Timmy deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Task Force Warrior from March 9, 2006, through Nov. 21, 2006. He proudly served as a driver on his team while on numerous successful Missions.

Timmy deployed to Iraq on Nov. 27, 2007, with Alpha Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Support of Operation Iraqi freedom where he was a Husky driver and disarmed IED and EFP devices, he was killed on April 7, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq while on another mission. We love and miss you so much Timmy and your legacy will live on.

Thank You Kenny, Jim and John and John Rice and Sierra-at-Tahoe staff for giving me the Special Traditional Memory and special time with Timmy on April 7, 2014, for Timmy’s 6 year Angelversary and Celebration of Life .. With Kenny Curtzwiler... and Jim Cahill and John.. Thank you for escorting me up to Timmy’s Plaque at Sierra-at-Tahoe to bring my Timmy flowers and spend a very special memory with him. Where he will always have his plaque.Thank you Kenny for making this day possible and all the hard work you did to clear the snow and build new steps to get there. We had five beautiful years previously celebrating Timmy up there, and I thank so many who made that possible: John Rice, Cyndee Gatien, Matt Ring, Mike Shreve, Dennis, Davin Kangas, all of Sierra-at-Tahoe staff and my loving family and friends. Hopefully next year we can do it for the seventh year of Timmy’s celebration of life.


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