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Timothy Martin McGreal, 14, of Fairway, KS, died by suicide November 17, 2021. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm, Monday, December 6, 2021 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society in Raytown, MO. 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd. Raytown, MO 64133. Visitation will be held at 2:00 pm. Masks are requested regardless of vaccination status. The last thing we, or Timothy, would want is anyone becoming infected at this gathering.
Timothy came into this world pure perfection. He was a joyful baby and toddler with dimples, beautiful blue eyes and the best giggle. The BEST giggle. He was inquisitive and funny, and he learned early that sitting in someone’s lap and being read to was one of his favorite things. His lifelong love of reading started here. He loved hiking the Rainbow Trail near Westcliffe, CO, he loved skiing and wanted to learn to snowboard, and recently began learning ice hockey. He loved going to the lake to swim, or fish or sail with his dad, he loved animals in general, all kinds. Had he had his way, our homes would be stuffed with myriad pets – cats, dogs, rats, bunnies, geckos, Guinea pigs, frogs, bearded dragons…you get the picture. He loved Achill, his father’s childhood home. Electronics and technology fascinated him; he wanted one of every new gadget and toy and could explain in great detail ALL the features that made it so cool! Naturally, he loved gaming. He loved traveling, too, and would drag us into every gift shop, affectionately renamed “ticky tacky junk shops”, that we passed. He loved s’mores and camping. And Ren Fest and the zoo. And Connie’s Cookies, Laura Little’s fudge and CHOCOLATE anything, but especially ice cream. He wanted to learn beatboxing and to make candy and blacksmithing. He may have been a renaissance man in the making. He dreamed of a career in technology or engineering, maybe coding and developing video games, maybe somewhere else his imagination would have taken him…he was wicked smart.
Timothy’s close family relationships were all complicated, which makes saying goodbye especially difficult. But he was loved deeply and will be missed forever. Timothy is survived by too many of us. His father, Stephen McGreal, his mother, Jennifer Freeman, sisters Charlotte McGreal and Dara McGreal; his grandmother, Marguerite Freeman, a great aunt and bonus grandmother, Loretta Schuster; aunts Maureen McGreal and Annie Bukay (Mike); uncles Michael McGreal (Joan) and Sean McGreal (Claire); and five cousins, Tom, Kate, Matthew, Anna and Avery. And of course, his beloved pets – Tufter, Cymru, April, Maddy and Smaug.
To honor our son, we are requesting those who are inclined, to make memorial donations to one of two organizations in his name, Timothy Martin McGreal.
Homelessness bothered Tim’s heart greatly. This organization is wonderful.
Tim wanted all animals to have a home, preferably ours.
KC Pet Project
Sharen Lucero says
My heart breaks my friend Stephen and your whole family. When people are hurting so bad, they think suicide will take away the pain, it only transfers it to many more people. May you all fine peace and continue to remember the memories , the good times and those giggles. Please remember you have your support friends when you are ready. Thoughts and so many prayers coming to all of you.
Jennifer Olson says
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your words bring him alive on the page. May he be fully himself, welcomed in the arms of God. Praying especially for your daughter at STA where my own attends.
Shanno Ennis says
Sorry for your loss
Jackie Stump says
I’m so very sorry for your loss of your beautiful son and brother. We are praying for you all. May you rest peacefully sweet boy.
Jennifer Bergmann says
Our greatest love for you and your family and hope that you can find peace with memories of happier times to remember.
Nate Girard says
When Stephen and Jennifer asked me if I could keep working with Tim (in a mentor capacity) after I decided to return to the classroom they said that I was making an impact on his life. I said yes because he was making an impact on mine. I loved his care for people and animals. I loved his curiosity and how him and I both found joy in proving authority figures “wrong”. I loved his smile and laugh and each time we spent together I learned something new. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with your wonderful son. With love and sadness for your loss, Nate Girard
I remember when I was a kid Timmy and I would play together all the time along with his sister, being an older kid than the both I feel like I may have ignored or became annoyed with Timothy sometimes even though we would do lots together. As we got older we stopped talking and hanging out as much as we used to. Until around August of 2021 I saw him at the local park, I didn’t recognize him at first but then I realized it was him and said hello. But this was not the Timmy I knew before, he didn’t have the same smile he used to or the enthusiasm he carried before. He seemed as if he were going through a lot and I did not bother to ask him if he was okay. After I heard of his death I realized that I could’ve done something. Something that could have possibly prevented him from committing such an atrocity. And all that could’ve been was simply listening to him. This goes to show that we must always listen to others and what they are going through or what they are feeling no matter what. Timmy was only a kid. He had a whole bunch of things he could’ve done throughout his life. I am so sorry for the Mcgreal family and I hope you all push through. RIP Timothy. You’ll always be in my memories buddy.
Carolyne Barnhill says
My heartfelt sympathy.
The write up about Timothy made me feel as if I were sitting beside him enjoying his passion for life and complete understanding of animals.