Tim Dawson

Tim Dawson, 71, of Columbia, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at his home. A private celebration of his life will be held in May. Tim was born May, 23 1942 in Bradford, PA to George and Eloise Dawson. During childhood, he traveled the globe with his parents and for school, becoming fluent in Spanish and French.  Tim used his talents in speech and debate during his career in sales and consulting. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Columbia’s Community at Old Hawthorne where they enjoyed playing golf and cheering for the Tigers. Tim is survived by his wife Janet, sons, Eric and Andre of Houston, TX, Pierce of Kansas City, MO and daughter Rebecca Spencer of Lee’s Summit, MO as well as many more loving family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. Tim’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Boone Hospital and Boone Hospice for the supportive care they provided. Memorials are suggested to Boone Home Care and Hospice, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Ste 260, Columbia, MO 65203.

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  1. Kindra Browne on January 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I am so sad to hear this. I loved working with your family very much and your dad was such a proud, fun, loving fantastic father of the bride. I still remember his toast that evening. It captured my heart.

    My condolence’s to your family.

    Love, Kindra

  2. Liz Schneider on January 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Growing up, Mr. Dawson was my second father. He always set me a place at the Dawson family dinner table, brought laughter and joy to any room, and not-so-subtly tried to coax me to join the swim team. Whether it was softball games, sleepovers, or gymnastics in the backyard, Mr. Dawson was always there to lend a hand and be supportive. He will be truly missed by all those whose lives he touched. My deepest sympathies to all his family and friends, specifically Becca, Pierce, and Janet who will always be a second family.

  3. Stephanie Priesmeyer on January 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Tim was always so excited to talk to me about the golf team. He & Janet were avid supporters of the women’s golf program at Mizzou & loved volunteering for the annual Johnie Imes at The Club at Old Hawthorne. Peace be with you all now. Thoughts & prayers your way!

  4. Elizabeth Bates on January 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Im so sorry Janet. I hope Tim feels free of pain and can walk and drink a good glass of wine now. My heart is heavy today knowing this. I know this was a hard long battle. Please take care of yourself.

  5. Nancy Allison on January 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Janet, I am so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. Although he is pain free now. He was such a wonderful man and I so enjoyed the short time I had to get to know him. It seems he never knew a stranger and was always so encouraging. I know you are full of all kinds of emotions now. If you just need to talk or have a glass of wine, you know you can call me. Take care, Nancy

  6. Pete Gherini on January 23, 2014 at 9:24 am


    I am in shock and very sad to hear that Tim has pasted away.
    All the great times we all had way back when.

    Tim was a very special guy-with wit, humor, smarts, caring…on and on. My best and prayers to you Janet and the kids.

    May Tim rest in peace and I will truly miss my “Hombre”…

    Pete Gherini

  7. Mary Pauley on January 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. I did not know him well, but I could tell he was a very special person. Janet, my heart goes out to you. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  8. Sandra Axon on January 23, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Janet Thinking of you and your family at this time and extending heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and sympathy.

  9. Karla Bakersmith on January 23, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Tim was not only our mentor at Vistage but also our friend. He was a great inspiration to all of his members and he will be greatly missed. He encouraged all of us to do better, stretch further and continue our journey of success. I owe a lot to Tim, rest well my friend.

  10. Sara Fornaciari on January 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    WIll we ever forget our first foray together to San Francisco and the impish duo of Tim Dawson and Pete Gherini? Changed your life forever for the better!
    Things have proceeded full circle now…my married daughter lives in Pacific Heights! Memories live on!
    Would love to see you some day in DC for a visit!

  11. John and Karen Johnson on January 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. It has been a difficult few years for you and no one could have been a more devoted wife than you have been. We will miss Tim and wish God’s love and peace for your family.

  12. Larry Cooper on January 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm


    Although not at Old Hawthorne a lot, I did meet Tim and enjoyed both of you at the club. I had great conversation with Tim and especially at the golf tournament that both of you volunteered your time. So sorry for your loss.

    Prayers to you and your family.

    Larry Cooper

  13. Valerie Barnes on January 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time.

  14. Barbara Churchill on January 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Janet — I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Tim. You and your kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Barbara

  15. Chris and Kerry McCartney on January 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Janet we are saddened by the news of Tim’s passing. Know that you and your kids are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Pam Soencer on January 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Tim loved to have his family around him and generously included all in his family circle. Holidays accompanied by his special turkey gravy and Christmas Eve fondue were happy times for all. We will miss you, Tim.

  17. Ron and Marsha Sergent on January 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Janet–Ron and I are so sad to hear the news of Tim’s passing, tho in many ways this is such a blessing as well. Of all the memories I have of Tim, driving him in a golf cart during that one tourney is my favorite. These have been hard years for you both, and you both have handled the hard times with faith, grace and love. You are in our prayers. With love, Ron and Marsha

  18. Cheryl Chapman on January 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Janet, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  19. Betty Wiest on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm


    I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I remember meeting you and Tim in Ireland and fondly recall the lovely time we had. My heart goes out to you and your family. Betty Wiest

  20. Laurel Paris Suess on February 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Dear Janet,

    I am deeply sorry for your loss and so sad to know of Tim’s passing. I’ll never forget Tim’s brilliance and energetic fun-loving spirit. The best of his life began when he met and married you. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family and community of friends. Warmly, Laurel

  21. Mary Coffin Bryan on July 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm


    I met Tim Jan 1953 on a ship going to Beirut…he was going to Aden and I was going to Ras Tanura…both our fathers worked for oil companies. We wrote for several years and then lost touch. With the age of computers, I’ve looked for him as Tim not knowing until recently that his first name was George. I have a few pictures of him from that first and only meeting…if you’re interested, let me know.

    Sorry about your loss.

    Mary Coffin Bryan

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