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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Timothy Martin Neja

March 19, 1966October 20, 2019

Timothy Martin Neja of Marietta, Georgia passed away on Sunday October 20, 2019 at the age of 53. He graduated from Knox College, Governor’s State University, and the University of Chicago with degrees in Chemistry, Economics, and Business Administration. He was the principal consultant at Veritas Bioresources.

In his spare time, Timothy enjoyed spending time with his family, running, coaching Challenger baseball, learning new technology, traveling, and bird watching.

Timothy is beloved by his wife, Jody, his wife of 27 years. Together they have six wonderful children: Margaret, Tim, Patrick, Mary, Jonathan, and Millicent. They are joined in mourning by Margaret’s fiancé, Mitchell Crum.

Timothy’s passing is mourned by his parents, Jerome and Kathleen Neja, his mother-in-law Margaret Foote, his siblings, and their spouses: Kathleen and Joe Komay, Jerry and Tess Neja, and Anne and Kevin Carolan. He is also mourned by his nieces and nephews: Ashley Neja, Courtney Neja, Ray Neja, Martin Komay, and Thomas Komay. Timothy is also mourned by sister-in-law Linda Smith and her husband Dick, children Kate Gukeisen, Emily Keizer, and Amy Neal, and their families, as well as sister-in-law Paula Sivill and her husband Thomas, and their children Michael and Sarah and their families.

Timothy’s funeral Mass will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church. The address is 3401 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia. A celebration in honor of Timothy’s life will take place after Mass in the Holy Family parish center.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you consider a donation in Timothy’s name to either Autism Speaks: Donate to Autism Speaks - Autism Speaks or Life Link Georgia: www.lifelinklegacyfund.org ‭ ‬

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Jerry Neja

October 27, 2019

Dear brother. I was always proud of you .and i was happy you had such a great life .with so many adventures, especially that you got to share them with you loving family .i know you were truly happy and that made me happy .i will miss you more than you know.you and your family will always be in my prayers. Love you jerry

Don Blahnik

October 27, 2019

The world was a better place if you knew Tim Neja. He was one of those rare individuals with a high IQ, very witty, plenty of common sense, and a caring heart. Tim was my boss for about a year and a half at CryoLife, and I couldn't have asked for a better one. He genuinely conversed with people in a caring way and was also firm about achieving goals in a way that was reasonable. Our last conversation was via text message on LinkedIn in January, 2018 when he wanted to know why I didn't list my current job when I retired in July, 2015 as full-time fisherman. I miss him, and I wish all of his family many blessings during this time of mourning.

Cecil Gravett

October 25, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Tim for many years at CryoLife. Even though he was a VP in the company you never would have known it as he always spent time and conversed with everyone regardless of their position. He also had a huge heart for giving. I recall around Christmas time every year he would walk around handing out candy and small gifts to dozens of his employees. I always thought this was no small feat given that he and Jodi had 6 kids! Without really knowing his wife I assumed she must be a magician when it came to budgets.

Some of my fondest memories of Tim was when he shared stories about his family and their adventures together. Tim was blessed with a brilliant mind and a witty intellect and could tell a story like no other. Some of his stories were so crazy that you often wondered if they could possibly be true but you knew they had to be because of the amount of detail he shared in every story. I always looked forward to Mondays because you knew there was a good chance that Tim was going to come in with a new story from some crazy adventure he just had with his family over the weekend.

Unfortunately I lost touch with Tim after he had moved on from CryoLife. However, I was lucky enough to get to see Tim in person within the last year as my wife and I met up with him last November at a 5K for Autism Speaks at Piedmont Park. Those of you who know Tim closely are aware of his passion for supporting funding for Autism due to his family's journey with his son Tim Jr. It was on this day that I got to meet Tim's wonderful family and Tim Jr. which filled my wife and I with hope as we had recently received an Autism diagnosis for our son Mason. Tim immediately started emailing and sharing resources that he thought would be helpful to us and Mason on our own Autism journey. For this, I will be eternally grateful.

We should all consider ourselves blessed for the time we did get to spend with Tim. Praying for your family. God Bless.

Michael Foley

October 25, 2019

I was devastated to hear of Tim's passing. Truly one of the smartest, funniest, and most fun people I've ever been around. Such a terrible loss.

Becky Carlin

October 25, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of Tim's passing. I enjoyed volunteering with him when our son Robert started Cub Scouts with Jack. He was always there to lend a helping hand and you could see that he just absolutely LOVED his family and was so wonderfully involved in all that they did. I think the last time I ran into him was after Tim and Jody's oldest daughter had just started college....as in they had just dropped her off the day before. He face was beaming with pride but mentioned that it was so hard letting her go. What a great father and husband. Prayers for you all.

Leslie Ann Dunn

October 25, 2019

Selflessly devoted to his family and community. There was never a football game where I didn’t see him helping in some way. One of my favorite memories was when he was in front of the PBPA meeting a couple years ago and was encouraging folks to do the 5k on behalf of the band. He was talking about himself and referring to his knees he said “no known cartilage” and the room erupted in laughter. I always think of his “if I can do it, you can do it” encouragement - he was a great motivator and a solid rock for the Pope Band. Our deepest condolences.

Ashley Neja

October 25, 2019

Uncle Tim, I can't sleep because I'm thinking about how hard tomorrow is going to be for our family. Me, Courtney, and Marty are hopping on a flight to Atlanta in 5 hours and I hate that you won't be picking us up from the airport, driving 100 MPH back to your place, so we can run in and hug the kids. Even though we lived far away from each other, the distance was an excuse to bring the family together. Our 14+ hour family road trips to visit you in Georgia are some of the biggest, most important, memories of my childhood. & Our vacation to the outer banks of North Carolina was the most dreamy, perfect, adventure, and I will look back on those memories with a warm heart for the rest of my life.

I'm sorry if I never told you but, I always looked up to you. I looked up to you for being so successful and cool. My uncle: the scientist. The genius. The travelor.

I'll never forget the story about how, when you went to China, the locals called you Buddha and rubbed your belly for good luck. I love that story, and I honestly always think of it whenever I see a smiling, round bellied, Buddha :)

I promise that I will be strong for our family and always be there for the kids and my sweet, amazing, aunt Jodi. I love you all more than you know. I know you live on through all of us and I'll see ya on the other side of this beautiful (and sometimes terribly unfair) thing called life <3

Bill Wright

October 24, 2019

Dear Tim,
I cannot believe I have to write this to you. It was an honor to know you and I am so grateful for that. You were among the most kind, gentle, generous, patient, intelligent and humble people I have ever known. Although you were 10 years younger, I learned so much from you.
We are all poorer for our loss.
I have many memories of you speaking of your wife whom I know you loved so much, and all of your children whom you loved equally. Mostly though, I heard about Tim, and how proud you were of him.
What a wonderful man. You will be greatly missed.
Bill Wright

Wafford Sautel

October 23, 2019

What an aweful shock. I never saw Tim when he wasn't filled with Joy and lifting the spirits of all he met--and to go so young. He was everything a brother Knight was meant to be.

My heart goes out to the precious Jody and all the lovely Neja Brood.

GOD BLESS,

Wafford

Keith Maurer

October 23, 2019

Tim was my best friend in college. Fellow FIJI brother and class of 1988 Knox College. Life has people drift apart and then trajedy happens and you wonder why we never connected again. What a great person father and husband. So sad. Never will forget all the times at the FIJI house

FROM THE FAMILY