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Username: marks

Post Number: 130
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Tim Mulvey, one of the longer standing OME board members. Tim passed away on the 28th July after battling cancer for the last few years. He is survived by his wife and three teenage children.

I like many Australian members of OME became good friends with Tim through our introduction on the board. In particular he was a wealth of knowledge on Stuart Turner engines and some of the more obscure early Australian engines which he gained through his volunteer work with the Sydney Heritage Fleet.

Tim was a gentle person whom left his indelible mark on the lives of those whom crossed his. He appreciated those whom shared time with him and the mark they left on his life. I would like to recognize the preciousness of a man who walked alongside so many of us and to also recognize everything he was and everything that for each of us he will always remain.

At the moment the loss of Tim feels like a stone broken from a larger piece of rock. This stone is sharp and angular and painful to hold. However we know over time the sharp edges will begin to wear and soften. Eventually the stone will become so gently rounded we will pick it up, gaze upon it, hold it and roll it in our hands and derive comfort and pleasure from it.

I cannot tell you anything that those whom knew Tim did not already know. If you knew him, you knew his decency of spirit, his kindness, patience, his generosity, his uniqueness and the openness of his heart and mind.

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Thomas Campbell

Mark S.
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Username: johnoxley

Post Number: 6
Registered: 04-2010
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 02:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I knew Tim well. He was the key player in the heritage engines side of Sydney Heritage Fleet.

For a time he served on the Board of Directors. He was certainly keen to be involved in all aspects of an organisation.

He would write for TOMM magazine articles with a nautical flavour and as well, collected information on many Australian marine engine builders, passing his boxed collection onto me only about 2 months ago.

The foyer display proposed for the Wharf 7 building at ANMM will include examples of the work produced by Tim and his team or engine restorers, all now sadly depleted though age, illness and death.

Tim would also take collections of running and static engines and display them at shows under the Sydney Heritage Fleet banner.

Tim was also a skilled coal fireman on "Lady Hopetoun" and "Waratah", as well as crewing as assistant engineer. He was a student in my steam engineering course and was doing great work, unfortunately finding himself too ill to continue.

When we heard of Tim's cancer we were saddened that such a healthy and vibrant character as Tim was might miss out on achieving so many of his dreams. We knew Tim was very ill and his passing was not unexpected, but memory of Tim, his friendship and his contributions will endure for a very long time.

Tim's funeral filled the church with a crowd that loved and respected him.

From his family in the Order of Service...

"To the World he was one... To us he was the World."

Andy M.
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Username: rbprice

Post Number: 328
Registered: 11-2001

Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 09:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This Yank knew Tim Mulvey as someone who was knowledgeable and very quick to share that knowledge. He answered my numerous naive questions about re-building a Stuart-Turner P-55 and send me parts generously.

All the things that Mark said about him I second even though I only knew him from afar. I'm sure he will be greatly missed by his all his friends.

Bob Price

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