Timothy Francis Abell, 61, native of Brentwood, MD, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 19, 2020.
Timothy was the third born son to the late John R. (Rich) and the late Bernadette J. (Joy) Abell.
Timothy is survived by his fiancee, Judith A. Chipp, siblings John R. Abell, Jr (Nancy Kimball), Lawrence P. Abell
(Cindy), Julia J. Jones (Jay), and Jennifer L. Addis (Bryan). A cherished uncle of Stephanie M. McDonald, Natalie L.
and Audrey M. Abell, Patrick M., Christopher R., Thomas J., and Daniel K. Jones, Dylan A. and Tyler W. Addis.
Timothy was preceded death by his parents, longtime companion, Katherine M. Eicholtz, his brother, Christopher
G. Abell (George Strausbough); and his nephew, Michael L. Abell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 AM on November 5, 2020 at St. James Catholic Church; 3628
Rhode Island Avenue, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 Interment private.
Due to COVID restrictions, the family is unable to host a reception following the Mass.
Timothy Francis Abell
Tim had a huge heart. He was very dedicated to our parents. For years, he helped with the maintenance of their
home, visiting them daily, helping out and running errands. Especially after our father passed away, Tim came to
visit Mom everyday. Frequently, he would arrive with a To-Do List waiting for him. He devoted many years to caring
for Kathy, his long-time companion, often overlooking his own medical needs to care for others.
Tim was known for his smile and humor. He was quick with a kind message and an entertaining post. The
outpouring of messages on social media demonstrates the number of lives he touched. His fun Good Morning
posts, classic music links, old television show clips, and his Hippy Dippy Weatherman reports brought smiles to
the faces of his friends.
To say Tim was an avid sports fan would be an understatement. He loved to follow all different sports, but
especially followed the Washington Redskins, the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles, and the
Washington Capitals. If you ever missed any part of a game, you did not have to look much further than his page.
He kept everyone informed and updated on the games through his witty play-by-play commentary. Sometimes, if
he knew you were a fan of an opposing team, he might engage in some goodnatured banter.
Although Timothy had no children of his own, he was very interested in the lives of his nieces and nephews. He
also enjoyed keeping up with the antics of the various cats and dogs of his siblings.
Tim enjoyed connecting with old friends and making new friends while on Facebook. One very special connection
Tim made was with his fiancee, Judie. Our brother, JR, was gracious enough to invite Tim to live with him and
Nancy for a period of time after Kathy’s death, before Tim moved to Laurel, to reside with Judie. We take great
comfort in knowing how loved and cared for Tim was.
Tim will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
As the youngest of the six Abell children, I had unique relationships with each of my siblings. Tim was 14 years
older than me. Our family had dinner together every night. We sat at a very large wooden table with benches that
my father had built. I sat in a far corner next to Julie and across from Tim. I can’t recall if we were required to wait
for everyone to finish before we were excused, but I frequently passed my vegetables across the table to Tim.
Somehow we were able to discretely pass the broccoli, peas, or some offending green vegetable, from my plate to
his without getting caught. He was my hero! I don’t remember how exactly, Ruffy Dogman was created but Tim
played the part for my entertainment for years. Ruffy Dogman had a whole slew of antics up his sleeve. One
Christmas, Tim gifted me a large stuffed dog, who was in my mind Ruffy Dogman. Later in my life, I had my own
young boys. We would come over to visit Grandma and Pop-Pop and Uncle Tim would come by for his daily visit.
During this time, Tim did a lot of walking and would arrive without a vehicle. Dylan and Tyler would ask him how he
got there. He had them convinced that a firetruck would drop him off. (They loved firetrucks.) This running joke
went on for several years. Tim was a dog lover. He was always happy to visit with my dogs and you could find him
out back playing with them any time they visited. One of the challenges of growing up in a large family with broad
age gaps, is that you’re in different parts of your lives and sometimes aren’t in touch. Tim and I didn’t always see
eye-to-eye, but he was there, helping our parents the best he could, and he loved them deeply.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to remember Tim by donating to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in his memory, please use this link.
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