LEDVINA – Timothy J., 66, of Western Head, Queens County, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool.
Born in Cleveland, OH, he was a son of the late James and Corrine (English) Ledvina.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1971, Tim began a very successful career with the Morse Chain Corporation, a division of Borg Warner in Ithaca, NY. An expert on power transmission chains, he became Chief Engineer for Morse Chain and was responsible for over 30 patents. Discovering Nova Scotia during several summer vacations, he and his wife, Diane, decided to build the home to which he would retire in Liverpool. Once the home was completed in 2006, he spent as much time there as possible, applying for permanent immigrant status in 2009. He retired from Borg Warner in 2010 and moved to Liverpool full time. He was a lover of all living things, numbering cats, dogs and miniature donkeys among his pets over the years.
Tim rarely met a person he didn’t like. He was generous with his time and energy and became invested in his new community. He was active in St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, the Kiwanis, his homeowners association to name just a few. A veteran of firemen’s breakfasts and quiz night at the pub, he relished his new friends and surroundings and became a Canadian citizen in 2014.
He is survived by his twin brother Tom (Patricia) of Alexandria, VA., half brother James Mangan of Fairview Park, OH. and a host of nieces, nephews and friends in the community where he will be greatly missed.
He was predeceased by his wife Diane (Carley) in 2012.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool, where visitation will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 7 until 9 p.m. and prayers being said at 8:00 p.m.. Funeral mass will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Liverpool. Father Keith Billard officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Queens General Hospital Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com.
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Allan and Beth LaRocque
To Tim’s Family
We are very sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. Tim was a great person and had a smile that made you want to smile. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is with his love Diane now.
Joanne and Jim Shernesky
A much loved member of our family for over 41 years, Tim will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.
My deepest sympathies to Tim’s family and friends. He was my brother-in-law, I am his wife, Diane’s, sister, but he was more like a brother. He will be greatly missed.
Duncan and Goretti Mac Isaac
A truly gentle and spiritual man has left this earth for his reward in Heaven. Our parish will miss his giving spirit.
Duncan and Goretti
To Tim’s family.
So sorry that Tim had to leave us so early. He was a sweet man and loved by all who were friends with him. He will certainly be missed at church(on the alter) and at Kiwanis. He was a very loyal Kiwanis member and we all enjoyed working with him on several projects. You could tell that he really enjoyed being a Kiwanis member.
God bless you Tim and now you are with Diane again.
Peg and Dave Carley
Dave and I are truly sorry to hear of Tim’s passing and extend our condolences to his family. He is now at peace with his beloved wife, Diane.
Go in peace Tim we will miss you the dogs and the cats all loved you as you we kind to all of us We know you are with Diane again forever in our thoughts cousin Tim
Liverpool Home Hardware
We will certainly miss seeing Tim at our store, he was a kind, quiet man….our condolences to his loved ones
Barb and Lorne Redmond
We considered it a privilege to have known Diane and Tim, albeit for far too short a time. They were a very special couple and their love affair with Nova Scotia was infectious. Our thoughts are with all Tim’s family members and friends at this time.
My sincere condolences to the family of our dear friend Tim. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to visit him Sunday afternoon at his home.. We will miss him very much at St. Gregory’s Prayers!!
Suzanne & Tom Marsh
We will miss you during our walks on Eagle Head Beach … lots of great memories with you & Diane + Heidi & Shadow. RIP
John & Joan George
We didn’t know Tim as well as we knew Diane but they were a very friendly couple and she welcomed us to their gorgeous home in Nova Scotia when we visited there. He will be sadly missed but now he’s with Diane in eternal peace. They both are in our prayers.
Mark Herlson and Susie Irvine
Tim was one of those rare people who exuded peace and love for his fellow man and beast. Always helpful and thoughtful. I’m sure he is in God’s embrace now. Susie and I had the pleasure in living next door to Tim and Diane in Nova Scotia and will always remember evenings and meals together in summertime.
Rae & Byron Collins
May you rest in peace Tim- know you and Diane are walking together on a beach. You were a concerned and caring neighbor and we will miss you
Diane and Tim were gentle, interesting people. We will all miss him, especially those with dogs – Karen (Miller) and her two with Tim and his two were so much fun to watch! Tim and Diane loved those animals. My condolences to you Tom and your family.
Bev and Ted Eldridge
Tim was such a soft soul – a truly lovely person. His caring ways and love of his animals were so great to see and experience. Dog sitting while first the two of them and then Tim went off on his holidays was always a pleasure. We were so glad to count Diane and Tim as our friends. I’ll miss our Skype conversations! Our sympathies go out to the family.
Eileen Mangan Stull
Timmy, your kind heart and gentle soul touched the lives of many people and animals. You lived the life of the Gospel. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel every day. If necessary use words”.
I am proud to be your niece! Please give grandpa and grandma a hug from me. I often feel her presence with me.
Rose, Philip and Stephen Ingram (Charles Ingram Construction)
To Tim’s family:
We are sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure working for Tim over the past few years, as he was a kind and friendly person.
Roger & Isolde Savage, Mersey Point
Dear Tom and Family,
We have our warm memories of Tim……..his gentleness , his humour and his generosity.I always joked with him about being the secret surrogate operator of the Western Head fog horn. Hearing that sound, as we often do at Mersey Point, will always remind me of Tim living out there at Western Head.
.Please know that you are in out hearts and thoughts.
Love, Roger & Isolde
Leon & Norma Robertson
Our deepest sympathy to Tim’s family. I always enjoyed Tim at Kiwanis. and we are So sorry he had to go so soon.
Leon & Norm
Carol & Ned Armstrong
Timmy, you will be missed terribly by all of us. You were not only our brother-in-law, you were our brother. We will love you always. You and your precious Diane are together again.
Both Roy and I were so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. He will be greatly missed in church and community. May God take care of him in heaven.
Jane and Roy
I was sorry to hear about Tim’s passing at such a young age. He has been taken to the home Christ built for him at the time of his birth. May he rest in peace.
I am so saddened and send my sincere condolences to Tim’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Tim in the 90’s when I was a Patent Administrator for BorgWarner and honored that he invited me to visit his home when he and Diane retired to Nova Scotia. Thank you Tim, your kindness was much appreciated. God Bless you and Diane.
John & Anne Marie Fraboni
Our sincere condolences to Tim’s family. Both Anne Marie and myself worked for Tim. He was a great leader for so many at Borg Warner and an even a better friend. I have very fond memories at work, the house in Groton and our travels together for work.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
We were so sorry to learn of Tim’s passing. We will miss him,
especially at Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Tom & Denise Robinson
We worked with and knew Tim & Diane for over 20 years, a truly generous man who looked for the best in people. His sense of humor and commitment left a legacy here in Ithaca.
So sad to hear of the passing of Tim, our condolences to his family and friends. Tim was a co-worker of mine and someone to look up to, always supportive, thoughtful and a smile on his face! He will be missed. RIP dear friend!
I was very sorry to hear of Tim’s passing so soon. I always enjoyed his interesting presentations at our book club. A lovely man.
I had the opportunity to work with and for Tim at Morse Chain for many years. He was always supportive of myself and others and I will remember Tim fondly especially for his quick wit and gentle smile.
Dear Family of Tim Ledvina,
it’s with deep regret to hear that my great friend Tim has passed away soo early. Being almost of the same age and having spend so many trips together in Europe for Morse since 1984, during which we had great adventures, we grew very close friends. He called me his favorite peddler. After my retirement in 2008 we kind of lost track, but I often thought about the exellent time we had together. I will mis Tim, his witty spirit, his jokes and always positive way of thinking. I will keep him in good memory and know that everybody will have great fun with him up there! Chears to Tim I have one for you to now.
Rest in peace.
Sharon & Rich Jaenson
We send our thoughts and prayers to all of Tim’s family. i worked with Diane in Ithaca for many years and my husband and I joined Tim and Diane on many excursions around the area, including wine tasting and trying different restaurants. We were fortunate to visit them in Sept 2011 at their home in Liverpool that they loved so much. Tim will be surely missed. God Bless!
My parents and I worked with Diane for years. Tim was such a kind and wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.