Goodbye Tim

April 21, 2005



Tim Garrety

Tim Garrety, media visionary at The Bridge Communities, deep thinker, and all-round nice guy who welcomed me so warmly when I showed up at the first of the Soliton Sessions, just died last night in a motorcycle accident.

++ Please help his wife and young son, and everyone at The Bridge. ++

Tim's family

…I can’t think, can’t concentrate. How am I supposed to work today?

So now I go to Chris’s iTunes share here at work, and listen to Peter Gabriel’s song “I Grieve”:

It was only one hour ago
It was all so different then
There’s nothing yet has really sunk in
Looks like it always did
This flesh and bone
Is just the way that you were tied in
But there’s no one home

I grieve… for you
You leave… me
It’s so hard to move on
Still loving what’s gone
They say life carries on
Carries on and on and on and on

The news that truly shocks is the empty, empty page
While the final rattle rocks its empty, empty cage
And I can’t handle this

I grieve… for you
You leave… me
Let it out and move on
Missing what’s gone
They say life carries on
They say life carries on and on and on

Did I dream this belief?
Or did I believe this dream?
Now I can find relief
I grieve



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

7 responses to Goodbye Tim

  1. hey jon, i just heard about this today i only know tim from soliton.he was a great person who you could tell was in love with Jesus.i will be praying for his family and the bridge family.

  2. Jon, Woody, thanks for passing this on. Love you both. Continue to cry out for Miki & Gavin.

  3. I found this link reading about my childhood friend Tim. I love reading about how happy everyone was around him. He will be truely missed by my family and myself.

  4. thanks for praying for Tim’s family and the bridge family, as part of the bridge-we can feel it…
    Everytime I did some volunteering at the bridge like help clean, build, help someone move etc Tim was already there. I couldn’t beleive it, the guy was everywhere. One time after the bridge I went to a restaurant to meet a friend and he wasn’t there yet and was late, Tim invited me to sit with his family and then my friend showed up and others and we just all collected at the same, now large, table. Sounds trite but that was a life style of generousity in even the small corner of life.
    I know he was dedicated to his wife and little boy also.
    What a rip off this is. A friend called me and broke the news and I just couldn’t beleive it.
    Once Tim gave me some money after losing my job, now I will and am able to give back to his son 5 times. Tim had Invested in eternity in small and big ways.
    See you later Tim,

  5. 🙁 The Lord will turn their sorrows into joy.. 🙂

  6. Jon, beautiful post. Man, that’s so sad. My heart goes out to the family.
    ++Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. Be closer than ever before at this time of grieving.++

  7. Its been one year and you are missed