Timothy P. Hicks, 67, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Dunmore, died Aug. 14 after a lengthy illness.
Son of the late Nancy Taylor Hicks, and William Hicks, Tim was raised in Dunmore. He graduated from Dunmore High School in 1971 and attended Kutztown State College.
Timmy loved life, and those who knew him well could tell by his sparkling blue eyes and trademark dimples when he was up to some mischief! His lifelong Dunmore pals (you know who you are!) brought him great joy, and he loved to recount the fun stories of his Dunmore days!
After college, Tim traveled to California and enjoyed a brief career in beer sales before returning to the east coast for what would ultimately define his professional legacy. As an operating engineer for Railroad Construction based in New Jersey, his expertise in operating several types of heavy equipment required travel to many states.
Tim’s most impactful and memorable contribution was his work at the World Trade Center shortly following the Sept. 11 attacks. He, along with several co-workers, truly were unsung heroes as they worked tirelessly onsite to locate survivors and the horrific task of searching through the rubble for remains of the deceased.
Although he would say little of his time working at #4 WTC, he would often say how his Railroad Construction team and NYC Fire Department were the first to begin the difficult job of dismantling the unthinkable destruction, long before NYC got government support. Tim and his team of heroes were applauded by many as they left the city taking their forever haunting memories with them.
Besides his family, two of Tim’s greatest loves were his faithful dog, Sarah, and his beloved Kansas City Chiefs! He enjoyed NASCAR, boating, golfing and any activity that brought him together with his family and friends over cold beer and live music.
Tim’s passion for NASCAR and the late Dale Earnhardt (The Intimidator) led him to retire just a few miles from Daytona International Speedway. Tim detested the cold Pennsylvania winters and found great satisfaction in heckling friends and family when winter arrived in Pennsylvania. He was known by his Daytona neighbors as the "fix-it" man because of his never-ending helping hand for all.
Timmy is survived by his five siblings, Nancy Varvas (Pete), Meadow Vista, Calif., Daniel Hicks, Colfax, Calif., Laura McGee (Robert), Moscow, Eileen Cicilioni (Fred), Jessup, and Susan Kunisky, (Steve), Harrisburg; 11 nieces and nephews, Brian and Melissa Varvas, Rebecca and Danielle Hicks, Casey Layton, Megan McGee, Elizabeth and Christopher Cicilioni, and Andrew, Bradley and Kelsey Kunisky; and a great-niece and nephew.
In addition to his parents, Tim was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Karen Hicks, and several aunts and uncles.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with a Mass at 10a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church the morning of the funeral.
Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call Friday at the funeral home from 4 to 7p.m.
The family requests that unvaccinated visitors wear a mask to the services.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating blood to your local blood bank or contributing to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society in Tim's honor.
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