Timothy Greer

Obituary of Timothy Dan Greer

Timothy Dan Greer, 66, passed away on May 9 from melanoma. Tim was predeceased by his parents, a brother, a sister, and his son Ethan. He is survived by his wife, Karen Boba, daughter Liana, son-in-law George, 3 grandchildren, brothers Philip and Stan, and many other loving family members. Tim was born in Southern Illinois. He lived in several states while pursuing college and career before settling down in Endicott, NY and a job with IBM. He worked for IBM Endicott for 37 years doing software testing. In his career with IBM Tim earned many patents and developed a tool to automate software test that is still in use. Tim was a life-long musician starting his career as a youngster playing the washboard in his family's amateur band. He taught himself by ear learning the piano, guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin. He played with various local jam groups over the years. Tim loved to travel. He visited every US state, Canada, Mexico, many European countries, Russia, China, Morocco, Australia and New Zealand Tim was also a wonderful and witty writer. His gift to his wife on special occasions was usually a special poem, which she will always have to hold in her heart. He also wrote songs, sometimes helped out by material his wife supplied when she began her horse hobby. During his brief retirement Tim published 3 books: Old Draftee on an LST: Chicago to Tokyo with the US Navy During WWII, The Horse Waltz: Songs and Rhymes, Equines and Valentines, and Fractions: Half the Math You'll Ever Need. Tim had multiple advanced degrees in engineering and math, he could wiggle his ears, a skill he taught himself as a child so he could adjust his glasses without the use of hands, he donated gallons of blood, he was a loving and proud parent and adored being a grandparent. He was generous, kind and modest. He left the world a better place for being here and will be forever in our hearts. A memorial service will be held June 1, 2024 from 1 to 3pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church parish hall, 200 Jefferson Ave, Endicott, NY. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the University of Illinois Library, the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, or a charity of your choosing.
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