December 23, 1950 - January 4, 2019
Timothy Peter Feliciano
Dec. 23, 1950 – Jan. 4, 2019
Tim, (known to old family friends as “Junior” and grandchildren as “Papa”) was a sweet, funny, gentle and quirky soul loved by many. He had a dry sense of humor, often confounding his family members with his wit. He died of sudden cardiac arrest at his home with his wife by his side.
A life-long resident of Northwest Portland, Tim was born in the old St. Vincent’s Hospital near the family home on 24th Ave. His parents were founding members of the Filipino-American Association of Portland & Vicinity, where Tim was a member of the folk dance troupe. The family was members of the St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish, where Tim served as an altar boy. Whenever he walked around the neighborhood, Tim loved sharing stories of the childhood adventures he and his friends had –from digging to China in a friend’s basement, “parachuting” off another friend’s garage, and biking to Oaks Park with little sister Liz trailing along on her tricycle. Boy, did he get in trouble!
Tim briefly attended Chapman Elementary School before transferring to St. Mary’s Cathedral School. He graduated from Central Catholic High School (class of ’69) and four years later, Portland State University with dual degrees in Science and Medical Technology. He later earned a Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) while employed by the American Red Cross (ARC), Pacific Northwest Region Blood Services. He retired in 2014 after 27 years as a medical technology scientist specializing in red cell reference work. Prior to the ARC, he worked for Washington Co. Heath Dept. and Fred Meyers.
Tim married twice before finding the love of his life, Susan Smallsreed. His first marriage brought him son Matthew and daughter Amy, both of whom were his pride and joy. Over the years, Matthew extended the family with wife Sara (daughter Starla, husband Brian and sons Charlie, Henry and Lincoln). Amy expanded the family with son Jacob (partner Kayla and daughters Madilyn and Ainslee) and daughter Samantha. Tim adored them all. He was thrilled this Christmas when young Ainslee finally wanted to hang out with “Papa.”
Upon Tim’s retirement, Librarian Susan, made him volunteer with the Multnomah County Library to get him out of the house. He loved going to “work” with Susan every Saturday morning to search for books and became part of the Northwest Library family.
Intellectually curious, Tim’s hobby was learning. In addition to his work at the Red Cross, Tim always had a side interest: Waddell & Reed as a financial planner; Ballroom dancing (where he met Susan); racquetball; and then golf. He earned a massage therapy license, followed by his SBB. When Susan forbade him doing any more degree programs, he started studying languages. Most recently he studied Italian, in preparation for a month long sojourn in Tuscany this past November. He had such a wonderful time that that he started planning a 2020 trip to Spain and had already enrolled in a Spanish class at PCC. In December, he confided to Susan that he “…loved learning languages.”
Tim was a visual guy and enjoyed TV (sit-coms, aliens, paranormal and sports) and movies. He particularly enjoyed action films, WWII movies, romantic comedies and Christmas movies. Many Sundays were spent with Susan and other friends at the movie theater.
He was an avid, albeit fair-weather, golfer and played whenever conditions allowed. He also loved the Trailblazers and when his doctor told him not to watch games live ‘cause it made his blood pressure rise, he taped every game to watch later.
Although he dreaded plane trips, he and Susan made good use of their timeshares and took many wonderful trips. He especially loved vacations in Hawaii and had to get a new shirt every time. Last count — 36 Hawaiian shirts! Other trips included: NYC, Boston, Coronado Island, Catalina and the Bay area; Banff, Jasper, & Whistler, Canada; Yellowstone, Glacier and Zion National Parks; Arizona (Susan’s cabin, Scottsdale & Prescott); an Alaskan cruise/Yukon tour; Australia & New Zealand; the Oregon and Washington Coasts; and culminating in a wonderful month in Italy this fall.
Tim is survived by his wife and children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren; his sister Elizabeth (Liz) Stevison (David), nieces and nephew; a nephew & niece from prior marriage; and many aunties, uncles and cousins in both the US and the Philippines.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 on March 8th at First Unitarian Church of Portland, in the Elliot Chapel where he and Susan were married. Reception immediately following. Hawaiian shirts encouraged! CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS