Timothy John Smith, age 62, was raised in the Cherrydale section of Arlington, Virginia. The son of Harry and Margy Smith, he had seven siblings, 7 nieces and nephews and was close to grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, Tim grew up with deep attachment to family, and was a loving brother and son. In his youth he spent many weekends in the mountains of West Virginia, which later inspired him to move there as an adult. “Timmy” had a lifelong love of everything mechanical. As a teenager he and his friends had fast cars and were always working on their engines and putting in beefy transmissions. Tim’s pride was his 1970 GTO. He also loved his motorcycles.
He was employed throughout his adult life as a master mechanic. Early on he was trained to work as a big Diesel truck engines, then later for high end cars like Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes. He had a yearning for travel, moving to Florida, Maine, Georgia, Colorado and California where he worked on cars and took up fishing and other outdoor pursuits. Twice he started his own companies, driving trucks, which fit his wanderlust nature. His mechanical abilities and love of creating things led him to hobbies studying knife making, and in classic Timmy fashion as a perfectionist, he sought out the great knifemaker William Moran for advice. Tim studied metallurgy to learn the craft and created high quality knives, ancient style Japanese blades and even swords. He sought out knowledgeable people and learned how to build computers from scratch, and built many of them for family, friends and personal use.
Tim had a neighborly, big hearted side to him his entire life. He was always quick to help people fixing their cars, going car shopping with them, fixing their computers, and even repairing their homes. He was an unusually calm person, infinitely patient when working or helping others. So much so, that his older brother Paul frequently referred to Tim’s lack of hurriedness as “Timmy Time.” Which was a great quality of Tim, incredible patience when working and solving problems. He never took money for helping them. That’s what kind of person he was, always generous and helping others.
His passion for learning mechanical things extended to many other areas and when he wasn’t studying cars, motorcycles, computers, or knives, he studied philosophy and eastern philosophy. He rarely watched television, as his boundless curiosity kept him perpetually reading and learning.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9am until service time at 10am at Advent Funeral Services 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22046. Burial to follow at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, VA