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Timothy Joseph (Tim) Driscoll

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Timothy Joseph (Tim) Driscoll Timothy left on his final adventure February 22, 2018, age 73, after a string of health challenges including cancer. He is survived by his partner, Hilda Leefeldt, and his children Shaunasi Sprain, Patrick Driscoll, and Erica (Adam) Ireland, whom he shared with former spouse, Terese, and his grandchildren Charles, Sarah and Staci Sprain, Milan Driscoll, Evan Anderson, and Caleb and Chloe Ireland. Tim grew up Irish Catholic in San Francisco with seven brothers and sisters. His parents, Mary Therese (Murray) Driscoll and Timothy Joseph Driscoll, Sr., and his sister Joan Allen predeceased him. Survivors include countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces representing generations of Tim's extended San Francisco family, and scores of friends all over the world. Known for his sailing stories, Tim found a way to be in nature throughout his life: roving the San Francisco parks as a boy; deep-ocean sailing, including a tri-Atlantic crossing, for three years as a young man; and hiking the trails (and off the trails) of Marin, Tahoe, Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras for the next 40 years. Outside in any weather, any season, day or night, he thought heading off into the wilderness up to 11,000 feet was great entertainment. Tim was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and majored in accounting at then-San Francisco State College. Before beginning his ocean travels, he earned a third degree black belt in karate, and on his return explored yoga and practiced natural hygiene, a life health practice that includes veganism (true to form, he soon was on a first-name basis with all the farmers at Bay Area farmers markets). Tim's keenly perceptive understanding of human nature informed all his roles in life. Whether in the middle of the Atlantic with a crew of seven on a 52-foot racing yacht, working in sales in the Santa Cruz mountains, or consulting nationally and internationally with an array of clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, he had the common touch, a playful sense of humor, and the ability to help others achieve beyond their expectations. Emerging artists, growing companies, entrepreneurs and professionals benefited from his practical advice focused on bringing everyone into agreement, finding solutions to any problem, and lifting his clients' experience into one of enjoyment and success. Tim counted as a second family Southern Marin Toastmasters, Club 1441, where he built on the legacy of its co-founders and served in many club and district leadership roles. Honored as 2005 District 57 Club President of the Year, he was known most of all as a beloved mentor and engaging storyteller. His last Toastmasters speech came from the Competent Communicator manual, "Speak to Inspire." At a time when he might have needed to be inspired, Tim continued to inspire and to entertain like the gracious host, continuing the tradition of his family, that he'd always been, even when in pain and wherever he'd landed: hospital, convalescent home, or at home with Hilda, and to play with his grandchildren and hike the mountains whenever he could. Family and friends will hold a private celebration of Tim's life on June 24.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on June 3, 2018
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