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D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

Timothy Joseph Moynihan Jr.

July 28, 1941March 1, 2020

Timothy Joseph Moynihan, Jr. a former Chamber of Commerce President, State Democratic Party Chairman and State Legislator died on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL, with his loving wife, Rosemary by his side, and passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was 78.

Tim Moynihan was born, raised and spent his entire life as a resident of East Hartford, CT. He was a 1959 graduate of East Hartford High School and a 1963 graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont where he later served on the Board of Trustees. He was the son of Timothy and Irene (Limburg) Moynihan of East Hartford.

Tim met his wife, Rosemary Lane, in high school and they dated while Tim attended college. They were married on April 25, 1964. Tim and Rose raised three children, instilling in them the same religious faith, traditional values, respect for life, and dedication to community service that marked their life together.

Tim was a residential and commercial real estate agent at J. Watson Beach where he became a company Vice President. He also served in the Army Reserves. Along the way, politics called his name. In 1965, he was elected to the East Hartford Board of Education where he served for nine years and became its youngest Chairman. He then went on to serve in the Connecticut House of Representatives 10th District from 1975-1986 where he was the Deputy Majority leader, confidant of Governor Bill O’Neill, and Chairman of the State Democratic Party.

Tim was a shrewd legislator and party Chairman, an Ella Grasso Democrat who leaned conservatively and counted as friends, members of both parties. He was most proud of his legislative accomplishments related to things like education, serving as co-chairman of the Governor’s (O’Neill) Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education. Tim is probably best remembered, however, for restoring the Democratic Party Majority in the Connecticut Legislature. Many current leaders in the party, including John Larson, an East Hartford native son, have acknowledged his influence. John said of Tim, “There was no one who was more respected or highly regarded than Tim Moynihan. His leadership spread generations and had enormous impact. He exemplified what it meant to be a public servant and put service before self.” On the other side of the aisle, former Republican Party Chairman, Chris Healy described him this way, “Tim Moynihan made it look easy. Throughout his colorful, successful life in politics and in business, [he] kept a balance that most people dream of but rarely enjoy. He worked hard, learned from some of the best politicians of the era, put in his time on the way up, and when called upon, delivered without drawing attention to himself. He earned every opportunity and executed it with humor and generosity of spirit”.

In 1986, Tim left politics behind and became the President of the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce. While at the Chamber, he championed small business, piloted the Chamber through a challenging economic recession and was instrumental in Riverfront Recapture that changed the face of Hartford. He retired from the Chamber in 2001. Tim served on numerous boards and charitable foundations including St. Francis/Mount Sinai, Hartford Hospital, The Institute of Living, the Council of State Governments, the United Way and Arts Council, the SBM Foundation, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Old State House, the Hartford Club and the Science Center of Connecticut.

For the past 47 years, Tim spent his summers at the cottage at Latimer Point in Stonington, CT where he served as Association President. For 20 years, Tim spent part of the winter first in St. James City on Pine Island and then in Cape Coral, FL. Tim and Rose traveled widely to destinations in Europe, Asia and to the Holy Land. But his heart never left Naubuc Avenue in East Hartford’s south end where Tim maintained his residency, focused on perfecting his skills as a professional grandfather, gentleman farmer and morning regular at nearby Augie and Ray’s. Tim was a lifetime member of Blessed Sacrament Church, East Hartford and was a faithful member of the Church in each of the communities where he resided including at Ender’s Island in Mystic. Tim will be fondly remembered as a kind and gentle soul to all he met along the way.

Tim is survived by his wife, Rosemary; son, Tim, and daughter-in-law, Susan (Bielski) of Oceanside, CA; daughter, Susan and son-in-law, Daniel Keating of West Hartford, CT; son, Patrick, and daughter-in-law, Eileen (Lombardo) of Portland, CT; eight grandchildren: 1LT Timothy Moynihan, USA; 2LT Andrew Moynihan, USA; 2LT Daniel Keating, USA; Sean Keating; Cadet Patrick Moynihan, USCGA; Riley Moynihan; Quinn Moynihan; and Ronan Moynihan; sister, Karen, and her husband, Lou Patria of Glastonbury, CT; brother, Peter, and his wife, Karen Moynihan of Portland, ME; brothers-in-laws Edward and Sandra Lane of Wolcott, CT and John Lane and Tom Cruickshanks of Wethersfield, CT; five beloved nieces and nephews and multiple God children.

In his life, Tim made many contributions in the world of state politics, business, government and community service. But he was most proud of his roles as a husband, father, and grandfather.

Calling Hours will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at D’Esopo – East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford from 3 - 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10 am at Our Lady of Peace Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 370 May Road, East Hartford. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Saturday morning. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, (Section A), 162 Roberts St., East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Tim’s name may be made to St. Christopher’s School, 570 Brewer St., East Hartford, CT 06118 or to St. Edmund’s Retreat, 1 Enders Island, P.O. Box 399, Mystic, CT 06355. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.

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Services

  • Public Visitation Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Burial Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Gardner Wright

March 24, 2020

Rosemary, I am so sorry to read about the passing of Tim. He was always a gentleman in dealing with others even those he had significant disagreements with. He and John Groppo were true friends and helpers to me. Think about Tim frequently.
Sorry I missed his funeral as we were in FL and did not get the news until we got home.
We send our sympathy to you and your family.

Angus. Mac coll

March 18, 2020

To Rose and family my deepest sympathy and prayers,I always. Loved his company and hospitality always,God Bless, Angus Mac Coll

Peter Higgins

March 15, 2020

I sat withTim at a EHHS CL 59 mini group reunion Dec 27, 2019. We shared memories of our K thru 8th grade at Hockanum school, playing sandlot football, and my wife and I going to his Naubuc Ave home for his first “Friends of Tim “support meeting. I think Tim was running for EH Board of Ed. Tim NEVER CHANGED his approach to people, even though he rose to the highest level in all his endeavors. He had the innate ability to make you feel better having seen him. Condolences to Rosemary and Tim’s family. Pete And Maryann Higgins

Donna Robinson

March 14, 2020

Rosemary and Family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of Tim. He was a truly remarkable man. Tim touched so many lives in politics, work, and volunteering . However, I feel Tim's legacy was his wife, children ,
grandchildren and extended family!
My deepest condolences to you at this time.
Donna Robinson

Don Klepper-Smith

March 13, 2020

Tim:
I always enjoyed working with you. While we were on different sides of the aisle, you were a pleasure to work with because I always saw your good heart. Prayers for you and your family.
Don Klepper-Smith

Patty Callahan-Taber

March 13, 2020

Mrs. Moynihan, Sue, Timmy, Patrick:

I am so sorry for your loss. May your hearts heal and memories comfort you through this sad time.

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Patty

Pat Callahan

March 13, 2020

Rose, Timmy, Sue, Patrick and family:

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of Tim, a great man. I hope that your memories give you comfort at this difficult time and all the days ahead.
I am sorry I could not be there, but please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

William Chadwick

March 13, 2020

Tim’s spirituality was always in evidence while we jointly served St. Michael College. We always looked forward to his enthusiasm and level-headed insight to the questions before us. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Bill Chadwick

Maggie McKenzie II

March 12, 2020

I got to Know Tim and Rose as a tenant living on the second floor of their "other" house at 171 Naubuc Avenue. I had a wonderful view from there of what a real family, filled with love and God's grace is all about. I learned so much about good family life. As an orphan and then a foster kid living in seven homes by age 16, the Moynihan's gift of that same wonderful apartment for 34 years provided me with a stability and security I needed so much in order to succeed in my life. They could have done so many things. They could have made much more money from the property, but they didn't. Instead, because of their generosity, 171 was my special blessing.

Living there I got to also witness memorable moments with Tim and his special pals, Dick and Jeff and before them, Hody, working on all kinds of home, garden and barn projects. You could tell that Tim loved these times of friendship and shared activities in a very special way. I got to watch them renovate the wonderful tobacco barn, the downstairs apartment for Sue and Dan, the basement where they built in great shelving to hold my sample books when I became a book publisher's sales rep. Then, the kitchen in my apartment...it was beautiful.

As an orphan, I didn't find out until this year at age 75 through "Ancestry" that I am actually very IRISH! It confirmed for me that God, indeed, had a hand in placing me on Naubuc. He knew I needed what Tim and Rose would freely share. Thank you for my blessings, Tim and Rose! Bless you both!

Jim Finley

March 10, 2020

I first met Tim as a legislative intern from UConn in 1977. My luck was to be assigned to the House Majority Office. Tim always called me "Charlie O" after the then Oakland A's owner (he did so every time he saw me thereafter). He took me under his wing and taught me so much about the legislature, politics and the values of empathy and honesty in dealing with people in matters great and small. He had a great sense of Irish humor which we both shared. He was a great mentor to me and was always there throughout my own career to give me needed advice. In all of his years in politics and public life, I have never heard a bad word said of Tim. He fought hard for what he believed in but was always forthright and honest. He was always what my grandparents would call a "Catholic Gentleman". High praise indeed. Rest in Peace my friend.

FROM THE FAMILY