McGee, Timothy

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Timothy McGee on November 15, 2020 at the age of 71. Tim will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Connie, his children, Brandy and Jay (Maggie), his mother, Florence, his siblings, Jeff (Terry), Mike (Mel), and Marilyn (Gord), his adoring grandchildren, Samantha, Graysen, and Timothy, and his many friends. Tim was born in Nikomis, Saskatchewan, but spent the majority of his youth in Edmonton where he could often be found on the rugby field or in the principal’s office. He completed his education at the University of Alberta in political science, which sparked a lifetime interest in politics that he delighted in sharing with others. He started his career in business and found his footing in commercial real estate before transitioning into financial planning. He was committed to community service and will be known to many for his charitable contributions and his long-time involvement as a hockey, rugby, and soccer coach. He remained connected to those communities throughout his life and they formed an important part of his social network. Tim was a natural extrovert and loved, more than anything, to cultivate friendships. Those lucky enough to cross paths with him can attest to his gregariousness, generosity, integrity, and sincerity. He believed in honouring his commitments and in helping others. Tim’s interests were wide-ranging but his passion was sport, particularly cycling. In recent years, his passion for mountain biking was one he shared with his children and grandchildren. His final week was filled with hugs and expressions of love for his family and friends; he was at his happiest. No service will be held at this time. A celebration of Tim’s life will be planned for next summer, likely an outdoor party at the Rugby Club with a pig roast and a toast in his honour; he would have liked nothing better.

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Hans Zylstra

I first met Tim when I was playing Rugby for the Druids Rugby Club. Tim approached me about being his discipline director for Whitemud West Hockey Association. I just learnt of his passing away today. Mysef and Sharon wish to express our condolences to Connie and the kids and To Mike and Jeff McGee and to Marilyn and Gord Robb. Please inform us when the celebration of Tim’s life takes place. We would like to attend and share some memories.

Dave Slater

In the last century, I also was Lep team member during some very successful years. I met some great team-mates then and enjoyed a good deal of rugby sucesses. During that time I got to know Tim and appreciate his rugby skills and his team and club commitment. As it turned out, we had played against each other when he was at St. Georges, Rick Rollins was at Brentwood.and I was at Shawnigan…small world! Tim turned into our Real Estate salesman when we moved back to the Coast., he was a good salesman as well! We then moved to our current home In Kelowna and we met Tim and Connie for cycling adventures. Tim took his rugby attitude to biking, and many a tree and lump of dirt took a good hit!
Marianne and I enjoyed Tim’s “go for it”atttude and loved meeting and getting to know Connie. We were shocked to hear of Tim’s passing, I enjoyed my reunion with Tim, and admired his fun approach to life and his drive to beat the discease that got him in the end.
We wish Coonie the best and hope to keep in touch as time goes by.

Nick Heemskerk

I started hanging out with Tim when I was eighteen. We knew each other growing up but didn’t connect until we were both at Alberta College. It wasn’t long before I became an adopted son of the McGee clan. For those fortunate enough to have known Tim’s parents, John and Florence McGee, it is easy to see how Tim grew up to be such a tremendous guy. Mr. Mcgee was a mentor to me during those years and let me drive his fancy cars. Mrs. McGee often fed me and many times sent me home with a loaf of her home made bread – man that bread was good!! Tim and I had wonderful years hanging out at the McGee household. Many adventures were shared as we learned about life.

Tim and Connie headed to Australia for a working adventure around 1971-72. My wife Janice and I initiated wedding plans while they were away and it was agreed that our big day would have to wait until they returned. Tim was best man at our wedding. Our son Michael Timothy was named after my brother and Tim.

The last twenty years since our families were grown up saw us spend lots of time together. The drinks, BBQ’s and dinners were countless. Although Tim’s cooking was tremendous, Connie is still the best cook I’ve ever known! Many miles were also spent cycling be it here in the river valley, the red rocks of St. George Utah, the Jasper-Banff highway, or the Longview-Crowsnest Pass area. A year and a half ago the four of us spent two weeks together in Maui. It was one of Tim’s favourite places and most days he pursued another of his passions – snorkelling. I’m happy that Tim and Connie got to see my homeland of Holland by bike and also visit Connie’s dream of going to Italy.

Many of the goals I’ve reached in my life were aided by Tim’s encouragement and support. I’ll miss him dearly. Tim, Connie and all the McGees will always be family. I love them.

John Shaw

Tim and I joined the Leprechaun RFC, in the spring of 1966. He was only 17, just back from high school in BC, but his rugby skills were as Rick Rollins has described above, phenomenal. I was at best a 2nd team pick up, but I finished up organising rep rugby for the Edmonton Rugby Union. Tim was a huge asset to that program, as was Rick, both contributing to several cup wins over Calgary. With Tim and Rick in the 1968 Alberta rep team , we came very close to beating the nationally dominant BC side. Like Rick, I too believed that Tim would eventually play for Canada, and was most happy to provide every opportunity, through the ERU and Alberta rep programs, for him to be scouted by the CRU, and, of course, very sad when his injuries curtailed that promise. Like Norm, I too enjoyed Tim’s political discourses.

Andrei Nikiforuk

I met Tim when I started playing rugby for the UofA Golden Bears in 1969. He and a couple of other players had helped the Bears get their team started. Tim taught me much of what I know about the game – passing, strategy and most importantly, respect for the game and the players. He was a good friend, helping to keep me stable in my slightly wilder younger days, while still having a great time. Tim was a fine human being who was incredibly supportive of others.

Gibby jr.

One of the great mentors. I don’t necessarily have a story I just know that I felt safe and respected when he was around!
Godspeed Brother!
Gibby

Rick Rollins

Tim was a good friend for over 50 years.

We first met after playing a rugby game in Duncan during the summer of 1967. Tim was playing for the touring Edmonton Leprechauns, and I was playing for the Cowichan team. After the game Tim introduced himself, saying he remembered playing against me 2 years before when we were both in high school – Tim in St George’s School (Vancouver), me at Brentwood College (near to Duncan).

At the time I was working on a summer job in the Cowichan Valley, returning to Edmonton to go to university in the fall, and unaware that rugby was played in Edmonton. So Tim introduced me to rugby in Edmonton that fall, and we both played for the Edmonton Leprechauns and also for the U of A team that we helped build over the next few years.

Tim was a great rugby player, one of the best centres in the country at that time. He was a natural player with speed and creativity that made him dangerous in attack, but also fearless in defence. Were it not for knee and shoulder injuries he would have been a regular with the national team. Instead Tim continued to play locally, and to coach and referee in later years – one of the many ways that Tim contributed to the Edmonton community over the years.

Rugby continued to be a big part of my life, and I have Tim to thank for getting me involved in rugby. As we all know, rugby is fun to play, and the social life is fantastic. Beyond the parties, the rugby social life introduced me to many interesting people from all over the world (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, UK, etc.) who happened to be in Edmonton or passing through for a spell. I learned as much from those friendships and conversations than I did from 3 years of university.

Tim lived life with passion. This was evident on the rugby field but also in debate: politics, economy, world events, and so forth. I did not always agree with his positions on different issues, but I respected his concerns and the intensity of his convictions. He was a voracious reader, and could support his opinions with a depth of insight from what he was reading.

We lost touch for a number of years when I lived in Thunder Bay, but we re-connected 20 years ago, when I had relocated to Vancouver Island, but happened to be passing through Edmonton. I thought to give him a call, and he came over right away to see me, seamlessly picking up our friendship. Since then we maintained our friendship through phone calls, emails, text messages, bike rides, and other get togethers.

I have known Connie for almost the same length of time. Their love for each other was always apparent, as was Tim’s love for his children and grandchildren.

Tim and I last spoke a few days before his passing, when he phoned me to say how much he had valued our friendship, and how important friends and family were to him. It was a real gift for him to share those thoughts, and to know Tim for as long as I did. He will be missed.

Doug Monaghan

There’s not much I can add to the tributes others have already offered. Tim and I had a friendship that lasted over 50 years, a couple of continents and more than a few beers. We played hard and laughed often. I’ll miss his enthusiasm, adventurous spirit and openness to meeting new people, ideas and challenges.
Miss you Tim. Hold open a spot for me on whichever Rugby club you’re playing on now.

Norman Suvan

Tim and I were close friends and were bound together by the many years of Rugby as well as business affiliations.
Tim was a good sounding board for any discussions as he could analyze a topic and make common sense out of it and that is quite profound from most individuals and a welcome breath of fresh opinions to spur the topic on.
I would suggest that Rugby was our common bond but as I was 15 years older we did not get to play against one another. It was mainly when our sons Jay and Norm Jr. played together at Ross Sheppard High School and then with the Leprechaun Tigers Rugby Club that our bond grew and became a lasting friendship.
Tim was a true gentleman and a strong family man and in my opinion a very smart man with a good vision of the future. He always referred to his family in the most positive way and Connie was there to support him and he always received joy to himself by telling me what new antics that Little Timo was discovering!
As Tim was inflicted with his medical problems over the past couple of years, we developed an unofficial Bucket List for him and had a few laughs as we overturned some of these goals. I created a Thursday afternoon get together at OJ’S and then in my Back Yard for a few of his friends, BYOB and Tim always supplied the Appies! We had some interesting afternoons that we always looked forward to.
It was very disheartening for me with Tim’s passing as he had presumably got thru most of the medical challenges that he worked so hard to overcome that he had recently been facing and we were looking forward to a lot of bike rides (on his new Electric steed) that he was very proud of.
Tim was a very strong political source and a very staunch believer that Alberta (or the west) would never have an equal say in Canada unless we became independent and he had numerous and practical theories to back this up. I hope that his wishes become reality and I agree with him.

THANKS FOR BEING A BROTHER TO ME !

NORM SUVAN

Lorraine Young

I first met Tim when he (and his partner Jim) interviewed me for a job as their admin assistant/receptionist in 2007. Little did I know then that it would not be just a job but the beginning of a friendship.
Some of my favourite memories are the conversations with Tim at my desk and talks about mountain biking, rugby, Connie’s strawberry pie that he loved so much, his family, especially the grandchildren he adored, cinnamon tea, and the state of the world, everything really. After I retired, we stayed in touch regularly and when my husband passed away, Tim and Connie both were a big support, for which I will always be grateful.
Tim was that rare man who always went above and beyond, and he was more than just my boss or financial advisor. He was my friend and I will miss him.
Dear Connie and family, my deepest condolences for your loss.

Trudy Lauder

I apologize for not reaching out sooner. Been trying to put together some words describing the friendship that Tim and how very much I will miss him. However, my feelings are not nearly as devastating as it is for you and your family.

Tim and I met in the early 90’s. He helped facilitate our company benefit package. From there he became my investment advisor, estate advisor, tax planner and a very dear and respected friend. We had many discussions about politics, family, finances, travelling, cycling and the world in general. Tim was bigger than life and a loss to everyone that knew him.

Please accept my sincerest sympathy.

Jim Fortr

So what can I say about one of the most profound friends in my life. I remember (about 1994 meeting for the 1 st time ) when he took us 4 newbies under his arms at The Financial Group . While he was also new there, he provided us with wisdom and guidance and always motivated us to excel. Over the next 27 years our bond grew stronger and I will always appreciate the times we enjoyed (and boy there was some crazy ones). Glad that we really connected and thanks for the memories.

Jim Davies

I met Tim when I moved to Crestwood from Drumheller in 1961. We soon became inseparable friends, mostly having fun and occasionally getting into trouble. The escapades we lived through!
I quickly came to understand that Tim was very intelligent and focused. When he got interested in something, he dove into the deep end with it. I remember introducing him to the game “Go”. I bought a board, and it wasn’t long before Tim won every game. Boy did his homework!
Some of you will remember Tim loving an argument, but he and I never had one that I recall, perhaps because we agreed about pretty much everything, and perhaps also because I knew that getting into an argument with Tim was likely to be a losing and bruising experience. That’s either why we were so close,, or a consequence of being so close, I don’t know which.
Once we each had families and got down to the business of life, the time we spent together grew less and less, but each time we did meet up, it was like getting on a bicycle, as natural and easy as it gets, no awkwardness, no discomfort, just enjoyment of that time. I particularly happily remember the Jasper and Longview bike trips and the trip to the Crowsnest, where we eased into a feeling of old times and good friendship.
At a dinner party a year or so ago, one of the guests had played rugby with Tim for many years. When he discoverd I knew Tim, he bascically started an extended monologue about how great a guy he was, how wise he was, and how much he had contributed to Edmonton rugby. He must have gone on for 15 minutes.
That was Tim, a person who impressed many with his talents and energy and smartness.
***
I deeply regret that he is no longer wandering this earth.

Glenn Ashmead

Dirts for the win, said Tim in a scrabble game. Challenge me and look it up in the Oxford dictionary, he said. I did…it was a legal word… nuts…game over.
Fun, games, laughter and always some friendly “ ribbing,” such that being with Tim and sharing his sharp, heartfelt insights took one from curious to epiphany and from chuckle to belly laugh.
Tim had that sparkle!
Tim had that turn of a phrase or idea.
The “ Irish” just percolating.
So many memories of a fine man whose zest for living was infectious.
Until we meet again….

Linda Ashmead

My memories of Tim always make me smile. His zest for life made family gatherings full of fun and laughter. Tim’s sharp wit and intelligence made him a family legend. I will miss him and will remember the twinkle in his eye.
With sympathy, Linda

Nancy

To Connie, Jay, Brandy… I want you to all know that your husband, dad, and grandpa, was a huge influence in my life. Tim imparted his experience and wisdom on me, and I will be forever grateful for that. We did not always see eye to eye, but that didn’t matter- because I respected him and he respected me, this made me feel special, as a know few men more intelligent and wiser than Tim. I already miss our long, entertaining chats. Miss you my friend- I hope you are in that other universe; tell Doug I love my Christmas boxes. xoxo Nanc P.S the bottle of White Owl you owe me, please give it to Douglas.

Lee Cardwell

My condolences to Connie and family. It sounds like there are many good memories that will comfort you in your loss.

Court Smith

I entered and joined Tim in the commercial real estate industry in the early 80s. The Alberta economy, like today, was under great stress and this of course transferred to those who worked within it. It was a time when character was built and was tested. There was never a question about this with Tim and as a result people liked to deal with him and his business career speaks for itself. I re-connected with Tim about 15 years ago and discovered our joint love of cycling. I will miss Tim, and think of him whenever on the bike …….now in the basement. These “rides” are now dedicated to Tim.

stephen lamphier

I met Tim in the 1980’s and had the good fortune to coach minor hockey with him for several years & our sons Jay & Trevor played together at that time. Tim was a wonderful guy , loved by his players and our whole group. He was sincere, funny, loved life and laughing. A person my family and I feel we were extremely lucky to spend great times with.
Tim will be very missed by us all who enjoyed and loved him.

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