My Irish Uncle

Post date: Feb 28, 2013 3:18:36 PM

Once there was a man who was larger than life, though he wasn't more than 4 foot tall.

Once there was a man who was stronger than an ox, though he always sat.

Once there was a man who taught me about life in a wheelchair.

He was brave.

He was assertive.

He was stubborn.

He was an advocate for all he believed in.

To him, family came first.

He was my Uncle Tim.

And now, he walks with the Lord.

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields and,

Until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

I love you Tim.

Timothy J. McGinn, Sr., age 62, of Rochelle formally of Sterling died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Tim was born April 5, 1950 in Sterling, the son of Edward Martin and Clarise Ann (Hellem) McGinn. He married Debbie O'Brien on August 16, 1969 in Sterling. He enjoyed doing genealogy work, shooting his guns, spending time on his computer. He definitely was a computer geek. Tim was very proud of his Irish roots. He was a big Notre Dame fan, was very patriotic, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his mother, Clarise McGinn of Sterling, wife, Debbie McGinn of Rochelle, one daughter, Michelle (Dave) Marcomb of Rockford, one son, Tim (Heather) McGinn, Jr. of Dixon, five sisters, Linda (Dan) McGinn-Combs of Georgia, Eileen (Greg) Miller of Wisconsin, Colleen (Bob) Dempsey of Dixon, Kate (Mike) Garcia of Sterling, and Maureen McGinn of Colorado, five brothers, Ken (Mary) McGinn of Rockford, Terry (Marsha) McGinn of Sterling, Kevin (Molly) McGinn of Sterling, Thad (Diane) McGinn of Sterling, and Bob (Sue) McGinn of Sterling, and four grandchildren, Ashley, Davin, Avery, and Sydney.

He was preceded in death by his father, his in-laws, Joe and Dorothy O'Brien, one brother, Ed, and one granddaughter, Kaylee.

Visitation will be from 4-8PM Sunday, March 3, 2013 at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. A Memorial Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Monday, March 4, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling, with Reverend Paul White officiating.

Memorials can be made out to Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling.