Timothy C. Myers, 65, of Vestal, NY passed away on Thursday July 15th. Born in Binghamton, NY, Tim was the loving son of Daniel and Irene Myers.
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To Tim’s nieces, nephews, and any child he met, he went by the nickname “Mr. Wonderful”. It was 100% self-given, and 100% accurate. Close friends called him "Buck" for an unknown reason. His beloved 4 granddaughters called him Baba. He was slow to anger and quick to crack a joke. All who ever met him knew his middle names were "love" "kind" "generous" & " funny"! Tim was best known for those middle names. He always raised the mood of anyone around him.
He will be forever missed by his loving wife of 41 years Kim (Stack) Myers, his beloved children, Timmy (Jen) St Paul MN, Meaghan, Fairport NY, Teddy (Becca) Boston MA, Daniel, Vestal NY, Molly, Elmira NY, and Annie Kate, Vestal NY, his four precious granddaughters Ryan Myers, September Reyes, Ottilie Myers and Winnifred Myers, his siblings Dan (Donna) Myers, Gloria Meade (Mike), Marie Doud (Dick) and far too many dear friends to name.
Tim has worked for Dick’s Sporting Goods for 49 years. He was hired by Dick himself, who asked his son Ed if he knew a good kid who'd like a job. Ed recommended his friend and baseball teammate, Tim. Dick said, "You mean the 1st baseman? Okay." He was 16 years old and never worked for another company after that.
What exactly did Tim do for the company? Well, a better question would be: what didn’t he do? Tim started his career stocking shelves and sweeping floors but was quickly promoted to Manager of the Men’s Room Paper Towel Dispenser. This was a key-carrying position, that he proudly wore on a string around his neck. He went on to run the archery department and eventually managed both the Binghamton and Vestal stores. As the company grew, Tim volunteered to develop and implement the company’s first IT department with his stellar credentials being: “I like computers!” He was unanimously selected for the job, of which there were no other applicants. (Ask us about the floppy disk story.) The first distribution center was managed by Tim, which included the research and installation of a state of the art (at the time) material handling system. Although this system did not have automation, it did have rollers, so boxes were no longer hand carried. Efficiency had arrived under Tim's direction! He knew Dick’s Sporting Goods could expand further than Binghamton and side by side with his best friend and brother-in-law, Ed Stack, he helped bring that vision to life wearing a multitude of different hats.
Tim may be best known as the heart of the DICK’s Sporting Goods Open which he has proudly led since its inception in 2007. Tim loved this job and was very effective in traveling to other tournaments to convince pro golfer to play in the DSGO. This PGA Champions Tour event has won numerous accolades including the President's Award as well as being voted the Players Favorite Tour Stop, filling Tim with enormous pride and commitment to his hometown. In short, Tim has been an influential executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods since its earliest days.
On the golf course, when Tim made a 30 foot putt, which he often did, he’d celebrate with a humble, barely noticeable fist pump. If YOU made a 30 foot putt, he’d celebrate like you’d just won the PGA championship. It’s also how he lived his life.
Tim loved just about all sports. He took bus rides down to Giants Stadium, plane rides out to Minnesota hockey games, and shuttled his kids to and from baseball, basketball, football, soccer, field hockey, and dance competitions. He put in more miles than most NASCAR drivers.
Born and raised here, Tim loved his hometown and its community. He worked tirelessly to help the community and anyone he could by serving on boards, committees or in organizations such as Binghamton University Foundation. He was beyond generous to anyone in need, always remembering his roots and humble beginnings.
You won't find any stadiums or foundations in his name, no statues or medals in his honor. What you will hopefully find is a small community of people who carry his spirit, attitude, and positive energy into the world on his behalf.
For those who wish to pay their respects, calling hours will be held 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Monday, July 19th, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 801 Main St, Vestal. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 20th at the same location and also live-streamed (YouTube: Our Lady of Sorrows Vestal). For the health and safety of our family and children, we kindly ask that those who are not fully vaccinated pass along their condolences by emailing email@example.com Masks will be required.
To honor Tim's love of sports, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Sports Matter Foundation which supports Tim's passion for youth sports. (www.sportsmatter.org)
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