Timothy H. Power passed away in Sonoma on Aug. 28, 2013, at the age of 70. He is survived by his children, Katie Hultgren (Charlie), Connie Heinse (Ted), Brenna Power (Greg Finke) and Ian Power; five grandchildren, Paul and Natalie Hultgren, Shelby, Mason and Tate Heinse. He will also be deeply missed by his devoted sisters, Patricia Langley (the late George) and Laurel Weinstein (Richard) and their families.
A fourth-generation San Franciscan, he spent his younger days in the City. As a teen, he lived in Santa Rosa and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1961 – the first graduating class of the new school. He completed college at Cal Berkeley and graduated with a history degree in 1965. Following college, he attended night school at USF law school. After passing the bar, he worked as an attorney for the next 45 years, eventually specializing in government contracts law. He was also especially proud of his work representing immigration clients and in recent years, his work advocating for disabled veteran contractors.
Tim was a lifelong sports enthusiast and, as a longtime Giants fan, he got to live out his ultimate dream in 2010 and 2012 when he saw the Giants win the World Series – twice!! An indication of his unique wit and his die-hard devotion to the team – he dyed his white beard jet black for the entirety of the Fear the Beard post-season in October 2010.
Tim had a terrific wit and sense of humor and was a skilled punster; often bringing family and friends to groans with his over-the-top puns. He also loved history, particularly U.S. history. It was very special that he and his sister, Pat, were able to make the trip to Gettysburg in 2012 where he finally saw the historic battlefields he had so often read about – fulfilling a lifelong dream.
In 2007, Tim moved to Sonoma to live closer to his sister and her family. He enjoyed the Wine Country and made many friends in town. He continued his law practice here working on his disabled veterans cases. Last fall, he moved to an apartment at Merrill Gardens Sonoma, where he made many new friends who were a great support to him in this past year.
Many thanks to the family members and friends who were there in Tim’s last few months of health struggles. His weekly lunches with his niece, Katrina Goldberg, were a great gift. Special thanks to the caring staff at Sonoma Valley Hospital and Golden Living Sonoma who took such wonderful care of Tim. Their skill and compassion was amazing and we will always be grateful.
His family will hold a celebration of his life in the upcoming months and a private, family inurnment will take place at the Calistoga Pioneer Cemetery next spring. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Tim’s name can give to The Sonoma chapter of Hospice By The Bay (hospicebythebay.org).