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Elementary School Principal

With family by his side, Tim was called into the presence of his Lord, on Monday, January 21, 2013. At age 46, his 3 year struggle with sarcoma came to a peaceful end. The loving husband of Leigh-Anne (Carmichael), cherished father of sons Brendan and Taylor of Abbotsford BC, much loved son of Marilyn and Edward Rourke of Ottawa, dear brother of Pamela Hogg (Stephen) of Calgary and Jeffrey (Kari) of Boston. He will also be sadly missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Born in Ottawa, Tim graduated from Sir Robert Borden High School (Nepean, ON), Trinity Western University (Langley, BC), Houghton College (Houghton, NY) and Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA), all leading to a Masters Degree in Education. He served as principal of Ocean Cliff Elementary School (Surrey, BC). Tim was passionate about children, and believed a quality education included activity, fun, and respect of others. He loved reading, sports, technology and outdoor life. He regularly shared his enjoyment with family and many friends.

Tim's faith in Christ was the foundation of his daily walk and the lens through which he looked at life. In Ottawa, he attended St. Paul's Presbyterian Church and in Abbotsford, Ross Road Community Church. The prayers and support from these congregations has greatly impacted his life, and the lives of his family.

On Saturday, January 26 , 2013, a Memorial Service will be held at Ross Road Community Church. The family wishes to express sincere thanks for the prayers and support of many friends and neighbours in Ottawa, Abbotsford and elsewhere.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2013
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