Tim Mumford, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother(-in-law), uncle, and friend, peacefully departed this world on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at the age of 67. Born May 5, 1956 in Culver City, CA, Tim spent his formative years in southern California, where his two oldest sons came into the world. In 1992, he and his wife Verna embarked on a journey that led them to Texas for five years before eventually settling in Whatcom County where their three children were born and raised. In recent years, Tim’s favorite place to be was Lummi Island, especially on a hot day soaking up the sun and looking out at the glistening water.
Tim’s passion for the sea was evident through his life, whether as a young man surfing in southern California, jet skiing in Texas, or later as a founding father of the Dead Pirates Society, in which he developed lasting friendships and enjoyed many good times. He was also the owner and operator of Squalicum Marine Upholstery for over 20 years.
Tim's love for the water was matched only by his enthusiasm for sports, especially football and lacrosse. He could always be found on or near the field, cheering on his children during their games. His support and presence were a source of strength and inspiration for his kids, instilling in them a love for both sports and the importance of family.
A man with a taste for life, Tim's love of food and cooking was legendary. His culinary skills served as inspiration for two of his children to pursue careers and thrive as professional chefs. Whether manning the grill at family gatherings or sharing his expertise with friends, Tim's passion for food brought people together and created lasting memories.
Tim's legacy lives on through the love he had for his family and the impact he made on the lives of those around him. He is survived by his wife Verna; sons Robert (Sharon), Ryan, Sam, and Gavin; daughter Kellie; sister Melanie Cobb; brothers Michael (Melanie) and Lance; grandchildren Amorette and Isaiah; and many nephews, nieces, in-laws, and friends who will forever remember him as a man of integrity, strength, and unwavering love. He is predeceased by his father Wendell and mother Mary (nee Day).
Tim’s family is grateful for the care he received from the healthcare providers at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center and later Whatcom Hospice, with particular appreciation for nurse Carrie whose technical expertise and compassion ensured his final months and weeks were as comfortable as could be and his passing was peaceful. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Whatcom Hospice Foundation or Brigadoon Service Dogs.
A celebration of Tim's life will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Bellingham Yacht Club, 2625 S. Harbor Loop, Bellingham, WA 98225. Open house from 2 - 4 pm, with a short program at 2:30. May Tim rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the gentle waves he so dearly loved.