“Guess who died?” ...This is how Timothy J. Haney, greeted us over a cup of coffee and the newspaper every morning. Tim passed away after a long battle with cancer, in his home, the morning of Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the age of 75.
He was born in Groton, Connecticut on January 7, 1944 to Bernard and Norma (Roche) Haney, and lived near various US Navy bases as a child. His family finally settled in Norristown PA, where he attended Bishop Kenrick Catholic High School. He made many lifelong friends that he would continue to meet with on a monthly basis. In 1962, he attended LaSalle University, and completed 3 years of study before enlisting in the Armed Forces. After serving, he eventually graduated from LaSalle with a degree in English Literature.
Since his grandfather, father, and brothers had all been in the Navy, Tim made the obvious choice to join the United States Marine Corps. He Enlisted on September 12th, 1966 and attended boot camp at Camp Lejeune NC. He fought in the Vietnam Conflict during 1967 and 1968. While stationed there, He was a member of the 1stMarine Division 5th Marine regiment, Bravo Company. He was also awarded a purple heart during his tour of duty. While he was reticent to speak about his military service after the war, it was the one thing in his life that he felt was his greatest accomplishment. As he grew older, he continued to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday, and proudly displayed and wore the Marine Corps Emblem, he also loved his weekly meetings with his fellow Vietnam veterans.
After returning home to Norristown, Tim began working for Genuardi’s Grocery, where he met his future wife Marynell. They first met as she “accidentally” walked through a pile of dirt that he was sweeping up. He proceeded to sweep her off her feet, and they were eventually married for 49 years, but she insists it felt like 5. They were the love of each other’s lives and he often said that “God meant for us to be together.”
His quick wit, and great sense of humor helped him excel in the sales world, and he eventually retired as an executive for Bell Atlantic. Initially, retirement did not suit him, so he decided to open his own power washing business. After many successful years as a business owner, he eventually retired as CEO of Powerwash Solutions.
If you knew this man, you knew his outrageous laugh. First, you could hear it throughout the entire house; Second, it had the distinct AhHA!—HA!—HA! That would make most people stop what they were doing, and just laugh along with him. He loved a great comedy, and he made watching it, way more fun. He was also known for his whistle, which would inevitably be the catchiest part of any song he may have heard that day, on endless repeat.
Tim loved music, art, and history. He was a wiz with trivia, and he had an exceptional memory for historical dates. He probably should have tried out for Jeopardy because he enjoyed playing along at home every night. He would deliver answers with such confidence that even if they were incorrect, you were sure that they were right. He was an avid fly fisherman a ravenous reader of nonfiction and has left us an exceptional and extensive collection of bonsai trees that only he knows how to care for.
We would check in with him every day during his cancer treatment to ask him how he was feeling. His answer was always the same: “I’m fine.” Even when he clearly wasn’t. That’s just the man he was. He was stoic, and heroic, had exceptional morals, was honest, caring, sentimental, and an amazing father and husband. His faith carried him through his life, and he was a deeply and personally religious person. We are eternally grateful for the precious time we were able to share with him and will miss him dearly.
Our family would like to extend sincere gratitude to all of the medical professionals at Fox Chase, Einstein Medical Center, Jean’s Hospital, and Holy Redeemer Hospice Care, who provided such exceptional care for Tim.
Tim is survived by his beloved wife Marynell (Romano) Haney.
Children, Timothy B. (Kate) Haney, Matthew (Marissa) Haney, Michelle Haney. Grandchildren Steve Haney, Erin Haney.
Sister-in-law MaryAnn Haney, Floss (Michael) Bilella
Predeceased by brothers Patrick and Michael Haney.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass on Saturday September 14 at 10 AM
in Corpus Christi Church, Lansdale.
Family will receive friends at the church from 9 to 9:45am.
Burial will take place at a later date in Arlington National