Timothy J. O'Rourke
Timothy John O’Rourke, 60 died in bizarre cycling accident on Route 102 September 23, 2018 while cycling with close personal friends during their morning workout.
Tim was a Broadcast Systems Integrator for more than a decade, and a lifelong member of the Rhody Rovers Motorcycle Club. He was a resident of West Greenwich, RI formerly from Cranston, RI
All of us will remember his quick intelligence, his understated sense of humor, and his courageous fight against a severe asthma condition—a condition that he would never allow to slow him down or interfere with his love of cycling.
He’s the beloved brother of Terence O’Rourke and sister Jennifer O’Rourke; beloved son of the late John and the late Jacqueline O’Rourke; and a loving uncle to his nephew, Ryan O’Rourke.
Tim was an astonishing, meticulous and avid cycling craftsman who built his own bikes and restored other bikes to pristine conditions.
In September 1995 he clinched the +30 Round 10 of the AHRMA (vintage motocross road-racing) National Championship in Steamboat Springs, Colorado leading from start to finish, and up against very stiff competition from West Coast guys. He characteristically built his own bike for that race in his home basement. On Facebook, in a wry understatement, he described this effort by saying, “After 20 years of trying I finally found something obscure enough to win a title.” All who knew him would agree that this was a first-rate achievement of technical ingenuity, sustained focus, and impressive perseverance.
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 29th at 10:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Burial will follow at a later date in St Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston.
Rich Kerbel - 09/26/2018
Tim was a great guy. He was always a pleasure to ride with. He had answers that were easily understood to the obscure and technical bicycle questions. My condolences to his family.
George Truesdale - 09/27/2018
So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Tim's company - he was fun to ride with. The bikes that he restored were amazing.
Perry Moylan - 09/27/2018
Tim will be missed. He was a quiet rider with a big smile. Condolences to his family and everyone who rode with him.
Pete and Paula Bissell - 09/28/2018
We are so sorry for your loss. While we hadn’t seen Tim in recent years we had always enjoyed his company on bike rides and post ride gatherings. Tim had a sweet gentle nature and a fun quirky wit that made him a joy to be around. Rest In Peace
Andy Gallonio - 09/28/2018
I don't know where to begin..........great rider, great mechanic, great to talk to, great to be with on or off the bike. But I know where to end........we are all in utter shock that you are not going to be around anymore. You will be so sorely missed. This is such a tragic loss and a tragedy.
You will always be remembered as a good earnest person that was always there to help out.
Regretfully and my condolences,
Sharon and Eric Benson - 09/29/2018
We will miss our dear friend Tim! A wonderful kind person who was a loyal friend. What a great bike mechanic, truly one of a kind! So smart, able to take bikes apart and rebuild them with ease. An amazing person we were so fortunate to have known!
Mike Moutopoulos - 10/01/2018
Tim Keep on Riding, It was a pleasure working with you.
Michaela Russell-Barry - 10/03/2018
Dear Terry and Jenny,
So sorry for your loss. He was much too young. I will keep both of you in my prayers. Love, Michaela