Timothy Allen Mahar, 59, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at his home in New Russia Township, surrounded by his family, following a courageous year long battle with stomach cancer. He was born March 1, 1955 in Amherst. Tim graduated in 1973 from Amherst High School, where he proudly participated on the Marion L. Steele Varsity football team. He was among the first Electrical Engineering class at Joint Vocational School in Oberlin and then attended the Firelands campus of Bowling Green State University.
Tim retired from the Lorain County Sheriff's Department in 2005 after devoting 31 years to public service. He began his career as a Lorain County Metro Parks Ranger and also served as Patrolman with the Vermilion Police Department. Tim rose through the ranks at the Sheriff's Department including supervisory positions of the Road Patrol, Detective Bureau and SWAT team. He supported Operation Open Heart, the D.A.R.E programs and was instrumental in forming the Department's first Motorcycle Brigade. Prior to his retirement, Tim attained the title of the first Chief Deputy in the Department's history, under Sheriff Phil Stammitti. He was a member of the Lorain County FOP Lodge #54 and enjoyed attending meetings with his fellow officers.
After retirement, Tim continued his true passion and calling, which was caring for others through his association with the Hempel Funeral Home. Throughout Tim's life, he was a source of comfort to many. He was abundantly blessed and greatly appreciative of his close family and friends, which included his law enforcement and funeral home relationships. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on his property and home, making it a special place to share with family and friends. Tim was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst. He was a devoted, loving and selfless husband, father and friend. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially their family vacations to Florida.
He leaves to cherish his memory his best friend and wife of 35 years, Dianne Mahar (nee Harris); his proud, loving daughters, Lindsey Mahar and Marci Murphy and treasured son-in-law, Michael Murphy, Jr. of Amherst; his mother, Mary Lou Mahar (nee Haas); his father, Jack Mahar; his adoring sister, Kimberly "Kimmy" (Rodger) Horwedel of South Amherst; his brothers, Mark (Kathy) Mahar and Brian (Kelly) Mahar, both of Amherst; his mother-in-law, Helen Harris; his nieces and nephews, Delaine, Brenna and Jerrod Horwedel, Brian, Jr., Ben, Chase, and Logan Mahar, Amber Ryan, and Chrissa and Ashley Yuhas; and his faithful dog and companion, Cooper.
Friends may call Monday, July 14, 2014, and Tuesday, July 15, from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 11 A.M., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst. Burial will follow at New Russia Township Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Tim Mahar Memorial Account, c/o First Merit Bank, funds which will be used to further cancer support and research, or to a charity of the donors' choice.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com