OBITUARY

Timothy Patrick O'Brien

May 3, 1960June 29, 2018

Timothy Patrick O’Brien (58) died last week in St. Paul, MN.

He is survived by Lisa Weicht and their children, Alice and Lucy, and his siblings Virginia Wille, Jean Cooper, Barb Rogers, and John O’Brien.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Beverly and Carl O’Brien. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no formal service. His family will celebrate his life on August 4th (contact John O’Brien for more information).

Tim was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, in 1960, and he moved with his family to Worthington, MN, in 1963. At an early age, his aptitude for art and design was remarkable, and he pursued these interests at Worthington High School. After graduation, he lived for a year with his uncle Jim Sprout and family in Riverside, CA, prior to completing his bachelor’s degree in technical illustration and commercial design at Bemidji State University and a degree in philosophy from St. Cloud State University.

Tim loved camping, bird-watching, art, reading, and international travel, and he met Lisa Weicht in England, where they were students together living at Alnwick Castle. He and Lisa have two talented children, Alice and Lucy, of whom Tim was enormously proud. Tim loved to teach his girls about astronomy and science when they were little.

In the last decade of his life in particular, he struggled with epilepsy and anxiety disorder and complications related to these conditions. While he grew isolated in later years, he never lost his wit and curiosity—and he will be missed by those who loved him and relish memories of better times and sunnier years.

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Serenity Silvers

July 26, 2018

I was pleased to meet Tim just over a year ago at our building potlucks that we held monthly. Tim is truly one of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever known. It was always a delight to spend time in conversation with him! He was able to join a small group of us for Thanksgiving this last year. I have delightful memories of that time together. We would run into each other while out and about in Lowertown. The love and pride that he held for his girls was always apparent. And the way he adored our little dog, Yoda, was so precious! He would hold Yoda in his lap or in his arms every chance he got, scratching his back and rubbing his ears. Yoda loved it when he got to see Tim!

I am so sad that Tim is gone from this world . I will miss seeing him and knowing that his kind and gentle presence is just a text away. My thoughts and my heart go out to Alice, Lucy (who I was honored to meet once at one of our potlucks!), and the rest of the family. I know that Tim is at peace, enfolded in the love of those who he has left behind.

Thank you for the memories, Tim! Thank you for your friendship! See you on the other side!

Terry McDaniel

July 7, 2018

I got to know Tim through Lisa. He was so creative and talented. What a good pair to parent two smart and creative daughters. It seems like everything he created was a success. He was a good person. We all do the best we can with the struggles we are faced with. As his diseases progressed the struggles progress. He is at rest now and we all have to keep going the best we can.

The girls were always horse crazy. I was fortunate to spend time with them in their young lives with Belle (my mare) in my Inver Grove Heights place. Animals and nature are so healing. Thinking of all of you and the families during this time of grief.

Gordy Meyers

July 3, 2018

I got to know Tim through Alice, who was a good friend of my daughter Erica since preschool. I enjoyed and looked forward to every conversation we had. You never knew what subject might come up, and Tim was as generous to someone else's ideas as to his own, always curious to learn something and a deep reservoir of information himself. And always with a touch of humor. Movies and music and cultural references and international curiosities and various angles on the news of the day were popular themes, but there was really no topic out of bounds, and always with as many laughs as you could want. Meeting up at the Glock while our daughters were upstairs doing Sokol gymnastics pretty much defined the heyday of the Glock. It was a great time to get to know the whole family, Lisa, Alice, Lucy and Tim, especially on Sokol travels to Iowa and Nebraska. I saw Tim for about an hour in April, for another great conversation, and he was in good spirits. I will miss him. Our condolences to all, we'll see you again soon, in Isanti or elsewhere. Take care.

FROM THE FAMILY