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Timmy Crew

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Timmy Crew Obituary
Timmy Crew Our wonderful son and brother (Timmy) Timothy Frank Crew passed away Oct. 27, 2018 at age 45. He was born June 1, 1973. At the age of 8, he got viral encephalitis, which left him with seizures the rest of his life. The seizures finally overcame him. Timmy was an independent soul, refusing to allow his condition to keep him from accomplishing what he wanted to do. He loved to write and he wrote in his autobiography that pre-epilepsy he wanted to be a policeman or scientific inventor. After becoming epileptic, he wanted to be a marine or the President. His bike was his best friend and together they traveled many places. He felt at peace and happy when riding his bike. One summer he started from San Diego and rode his bike to Eureka taking many great pictures along the way. The trip took quite awhile and many times was difficult for him but he really felt good about himself for doing it. One day a CHP found him camping alongside the road and after Timmy told him of his adventure, the CHP wished him well on his trip and just told him to camp a little further off the road at night where it was safer. At age 18, he got his own apartment, first in Ukiah, then Santa Rosa. His first job was working as a kennel person at a Veterinary Clinic. Later he worked for 14 years at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa. His recent job was working at PieCo in Petaluma. Lina And Angelo were very special people to Timmy and he was always happy to try out one of their new recipes for them. They treated him so nicely. He loved that job and at home he loved to create new recipes himself. Timmy was very community minded. He volunteered on the days he wasn't working: Cotati Creek Critters, Epilepsy Foundation, Empire Food Bank and other Sonoma County organizations. Timmy loved being around people and was so eager to help anyone in need. He volunteered for School of Hope helping children who were struggling with their reading. He had so much patience for people who needed help. Timmy's smile was genuine and always made you feel good. He loved to be around people, so he would go to a Pete's or a Starbucks to relax and just decompress with a cup of tea. He was a regular at the coffee shops and the workers were so friendly to Timmy. He would sit there for hours just to be around people and think. Becoming Independent was a big part of Timmy's life and especially Kathy who helped him through many trying times and became such a good friend. Many times they would just talk about anything and everything. Timmy was very curious and wanted to figure out things. Family was most important to Timmy and even though he had an independent spirit, he loved communicating his daily experiences by phone. Of course, he did this while relaxing at a coffee shop. Timmy suffered from short term memory problems. We always joked that was ok, just don't forget who your family is. Staying healthy was very important to Timmy. He ate well and exercised daily, either walking, riding his bike or going to the gym. His one bad habit was occasionally smoking a cigar. His epilepsy was a big focus of his life. He wanted to educate people about epilepsy. He was part of a study at a San Francisco Medical Center for a few years. They put the Neuro-Pace implants in his brain to record and possibly alter his seizures. Timmy is survived by his pop, Dave Crew (Pat), his mother Shari Crew, brother Kevin Crew (Colleen), sister Janice Crew, a nephew Colton, a niece Kamryn and a very special friend Ed Katlas. Timmy was such an amazing young man and a definite inspiration to us all. Nothing was ever to difficult for him to attempt. He cared about so many things and just wanted to help make our planet better. He cared about recycling and climate change and wanted to do his part. He will always be in our hearts.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Nov. 4, 2018
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