Timothy J. Guiney

Our beloved Tim left us during the early morning of February 16th, after a 2 year struggle with cancer. He spent his final days surrounded by family and devoted friends, at home on Santa Barbara Avenue, where he lived the majority of his 63 years. A long-time dedicated member of the law enforcement family in San Mateo County, he began his career in 1969 as a full-time reserve Deputy Sheriff for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. He later joined the Brisbane Police Department, which at that time was a combined public safety agency, where he served in many patrol, fire-fighting, administrative and supervisory capacities. He left Brisbane in 1990 to assume the position of Chief of Police for the Broadmoor Police Department until his retirement in 2002. Tim had attended the College of San Mateo, the University of San Francisco and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Academy, and also served for many years as an associate instructor at Monterey Peninsula College. Since his retirement, he has worked as an independent consultant for other agencies, and for individuals who looked to him for guidance in preparation for promotional exams, done strictly on a volunteer basis. Besides his 33-year career in law enforcement, Tim truly believed in giving of his time whenever possible, and sat on several boards and commissions, including the Service League of San Mateo County, the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce, and the Daly City Employees Federal Credit Union. He was the founder of the Police Activities League and Adopt-a-School Program in Brisbane, founding member of the Brisbane Exchange Club, and creator of the "Cops and Kids" North County community day. Tim was highly respected by his peers, and his accolades are impressive, however he would humbly admit that his greatest roles were filled at home. Tim was the husband and life-adventure partner of the late Kate Bray Guiney, who predeceased him in 2011. He was the most treasured Dad of Michelle Fogarty & son-in-law Bill Fogarty, and Katie Guiney; most adored Papa of his grandson, Will; most loved and admired brother of Susan Paden, Ted Guiney & brother-in-law Randy Houston, and Peggy Guiney Fry; and most giving Uncle of Sean & Matt Paden and Shannon & Colleen Fry. His enduring friendships with both his ex-wife, Pam Guiney, and his caretaker, Bernadette Gonzalez, were a great source of comfort to him, especially as he braved his final days. The love he had for his innumerable friends was profound, his generosity with both time and money was profuse, and his humor was profane. His best days and most cherished moments usually involved any combination of family or close friends, a drive out to the coast or through the redwoods to Boulder Creek, the top down in a convertible and a chocolate-dipped ice cream cone. The soundtrack for these excursions was his endless story-telling, done with such character they will never be adequately duplicated. His charisma and personality were giant, just as the void created by his loss will now be for so many of us. A memorial mass celebrating Tim's life will be held at St. Robert's Church, 1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno on Wednesday, February 20th at 10:30am and a reception will follow at the San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Ave, San Mateo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the 100 Club of San Mateo County, 100clubsmc.org, or The Service League of San Mateo County, serviceleague.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2013