Timothy R. Wellinger, 30, of Winooski, unexpectedly left his family and friends on Sunday, September 1, 2013, due to a tragic accident. Although his journey with us ended so soon, Tim was doing what he loved the most during his last moments.
He was employed by Aris as a personal care provider for children with special needs, a career that he had been passionate about for many years. The relationships he developed with his clients were very dear to him, and he had grown especially fond of "Kippy" who warmed his heart with just a smile.
Basketball, automobiles and spending time on the internet were interests of Tim's from an early age. He was an avid movie buff and enjoyed the times when friends would stop by to watch one of the many hundreds he had to offer.
His newly found passion for motorcycles inspired him to reconnect with his childhood friend, Eric Knowles. Together with their friend Jerry, they spent countless hours enjoying the beautiful scenery that Vermont has to offer.
Tim's free-spirited, uplifting nature and his phenomenal sense of humor are what drew people to him.
He was a positive role model to his "brother," Brian (Bing) Rock, whom he took under his wing at an early age.
When Colby entered Tim's life, he was proud to call him his little brother. He took great pride in becoming his mentor and was fascinated by the gifted musician Colby has become.
Matthew will forever carry in his heart all the times he spent with his big brother, his best friend, but most of all his kindred spirit. There was an unspoken connection between them, one that only brothers can understand, a bond that will never be broken.
Tim's life would not have been complete without the times he spent at his grandparent's homes, where some of his fondest memories were created.
The love he had for his family and his little buddy, Karsyn, was immeasurable.
He had a very special relationship with his "Aunt Shell." They were more than aunt and nephew. They shared a deep and powerful connection. They were both so grateful for the bond they shared. Tim said it best when he said "I love you so much and I really mean this, if you were not in my life, I really don't think I could make it on my own." Aunt Shelly is wondering how she'll make it without him.
He is survived by his mother, Sandra Wellinger; his father, Timothy Wellinger and his wife, Kim; his brothers, Matthew Wellinger and Colby Hemingway; his grandmothers, Elaine Barton and Lorraine Baker and her husband, Jim; his great-grandmother, Cecile Cushing; his aunt, Shelly Barton and her partner, Sue Hale; his uncles, Danny Barton, Tony Wellinger and his wife, Jeanette, and Stanley Wellinger and his wife, Cindy; his cousins, Eli, Nicole, Caleb, Ian, Abigale, Hannah, Miriam, Scott, David and Tim; and several great-aunts, great-uncles and their children.
He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Eli Barton and Ronald Wellinger; and his great-grandfather, Robert Cushing.
He also leaves behind special friends Ken Labor and Anita Lanphear.
Tim was grateful to his doctor, Rachel Inker, who was always compassionate in his time of need.
Visiting hours were on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m., with prayer services and remembrances beginning at 6 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., Winooski, VT.