Tim Triche died a happy man. The last week of 2015, after several years of failed attempts and only an occasional $1 or $2 win, he finally “hit the lottery big” with not one, but two wins totaling over $300 dollars.
He was proud to say he started off 2016 “in the black.” He was even happier that his children, Jessica Staton and husband Jeff of Bath, Matthew Triche and partner Carie Craze of Southport, Carly Triche and fiancé Xavier Labatie of New York, New York, Ryan Triche of Arlington, Virginia; and grandsons Kevin and Ben Staton shared the holidays together with him and his loving wife of 38 years, Jackie. The holidays included dinners, cookies, Tim’s famous eggnog (he loved to spike his with Southern Comfort) and finally a four-hour marathon of “Cards against Humanity” which made Tim laugh so hard that he cried.
Tim worked as an educator and guidance counselor for over 40 years. Although he never had the luxury of retiring, he was close, planning to retire as a guidance counselor at Brewster Middle School in Camp Lejeune Schools in two years, when he reached 70…sooner if he “hit the lottery big.” He was with the school system 25 years.
Tim was born on Oct. 16, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Alfred George and Kathleen Triche. He loved his birth city and never failed to jump at the chance to explain Mardi Gras or New Orleans’ beautiful culture to anyone who would listen. In fact, he and Jackie were able to celebrate Mardi Gras 2015 there.
Anyone who knew Tim would know his love for music–all music, especially folk. He had the voice of an angel, which he never lost. He played his guitar occasionally, but never had the time to “build up his blisters” which would have made it easier on his hands. Jackie’s favorite time would be listening to him sing and practice up in the extra bedroom, while she listened from downstairs. And boy, did Tim love to whistle! Everyone knew when Tim was coming their way. It just showed how happy Tim was all the time.
Tim also loved his superhero comics. His biggest regret was giving away his comic book collection when he and Jackie moved from New Orleans (his vinyl records took up all of the space). To make up for that, he would drag Jackie to every local comic book store “Free Comic Book Day.”
Tim never met a person who he didn’t consider a friend. He didn’t ask for anything and appreciated all that he had, especially his family, who love him more than life itself. God was good to him and took him away the way he had always requested–peacefully in his sleep. We are all thankful. We are most thankful for having him in our lives, although we wish it could have been for much longer. He will live in our hearts forever.
The family will receive visitors from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Andrews Hampstead Chapel, 17730 U.S. 17 N., Hampstead, NC. A graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. at Sea Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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