Bradley Wells Timerson

February 24, 1950 – October 17, 2018
Place of Birth: 
Geneva, New York
Place of Death: 
Clifton Springs, New York
Newark, New York

Calling Hours

December 7, 2018 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Woodlane Community Church
5694 Woodlane
Newark, NY 14513

Service Event Information

Funeral Service
December 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Woodlane Community Church
5694 Woodlane
Newark, NY


December 8, 2018
East Newark Cemetery Newark, NY


Bradley Wells Timerson

Newark—Bradley Wells Timerson, 68, died Wednesday (October 17, 2018) at the Clifton Springs Hospital.

Friends may call from 4-7 PM on Friday (December 7th) at the Woodlane Community, 5694 Woodlane, Newark, New York, where a funeral will be held at 11 AM on Saturday (December 8th). Burial will be at the convenience of the family in East Newark Cemetery.

Memorials, in his name, may be made to the Bradley Wells Timerson Scholarship Fund, at Newark Central School District, 100 East Miller Street, Newark, New York 14513.

He was born on February 24, 1950 in Geneva, New York, the son of the late Donald A. and Mary Oaks Timerson.  One of Brad's greatest passions in life was astronomy.  At a young age all Brad wanted for Christmas was a Telescope and his parents cultivated this passion that would play such a large part in his life.  He has always been Mr. Science.  His love for Astronomy/Meteorology led him to a career of teaching high school science, being an active weather spotter for several local news stations, measuring earthquakes with his in-home seismograph, as well as, being involved in many professional scientific organizations.

In his work as a teacher at Newark Central School District for over 30 years, Brad coached Varsity swimming, taught Earth Science, Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology, served as the Science Department Chairperson, and spearheaded countless science projects that harnessed the imaginations of the students and staff that he worked with. Many students probably remember his observatory at his home in Newark to get a closer look at the moon, planets and stars. In retirement, Brad continued to contribute to the scientific community through his astronomical photography, weather spotting, and service as the Regional Coordinator for IOTA (International Occultation Timing Association) , where last year he received an award from IOTA in recognition for his years of service.

Brad’s love for his family was apparent in all he did. His children and grandchildren brought him great joy. He and his wife Cindy enjoyed travel in retirement, with their highlights being trips to Ireland, Hawaii and North Carolina where both his children and grandchildren live.  He was active at the Woodlane Community Church, where he had served as an Elder and Deacon.  Other loves that Brad had were for the Yankees, Syracuse Basketball, gardening, wine making and the singing group the Celtic Woman. 

Brad was an amazing husband, father, teacher, and friend.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cynthia Freelove Timerson,  His children Michael (Katelyn) of Harrisburg, NC and Rebecca (David) Schusler of Huntersville, NC; two grandchildren Elijah and Brinley and one on the way; a brother Carlton (Patricia) of Newark and sister Mary (Michael) Cook of Waterloo; an aunt Carol (Lee) Wilson of Phelps; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

The contributions he made to his community were done with passion, purpose and love. Through these gifts, his legacy will continue. His family has been blessed with great friends that have wrapped us in their love over the years, and especially in the last few years. The impact Brad has had in the lives of others has truly been felt. We thank you.




I worked with Brad as a member of IOTA (International Occultation Timing Association) for many years -- at least 15 years and likely more.  Yes, IOTA sounds like a geeky organization, and it surely is, but Brad never made it seem that way.  Over the years, we exchanged a huge amount of astronomical observation data -- videos, excel spreadsheets, reports, and technical papers.  We Skyped innumerable times to discuss an analysis, or share tutorials on how to run various software tools.  In all my years of working with Brad, he was always easy-going, smart and engaging -- he became one of my best friends.  He was both professional and informal.  He was thorough yet had a grasp of the big picture.  Brad did numerous YouTube videos as tutorials on how to use software tools or do an analysis.  He had such a perfect voice for narrating videos.  It was clear, well modulated, and he could maintain a very easy pace.  He could narrate a YouTube video in one take.  Brad also coordinated all the IOTA North American observations, collecting the reports, reviewing them for errors, communicating with the observers to correct the errors, then compiling all the data into a model of the size and shape of the asteroid.  He wrote many technical papers on the size and shape of asteroids determined by IOTA observations.  It was all in a days work for Brad, and I know he didn't consider it work, it was all fun for him.  He loved astronomy almost as much as he loved his family.  In our near daily conversations via email, Brad would often share the variious family events -- births, marriages, moves, and new jobs.  His family was always a part of the conversation.  He was so proud of his family.  I miss my conversations with Brad.  I can still hear his voice when I work on something that I know he would be interested in.  My best wishes go to Cindy and the rest of the family as they celebrate Brad's life, his work, his loves, and his family.

Mr. Timerson was an engaging teacher. I wasn't blessed to have him when I was in school, but I never heard a kid/student complain. He will be missed and remembered by so, so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy, his family and friends. When you see a beautiful sunset or witness a wicked storm, he will be watching from above.

My family extends our deepest sympathy to Cindy, Mike and Becca and their family in the loss of Brad. He was a wonderful man and neighbor and fought a courageous battle. Stay strong and lean on each other for courage in these hard days ahead.  Love and prayers from the Ormsbee family.

My family extends our deepest sympathy to Cindy, Mike and Becca and their family in the loss of Brad. He was a wonderful man and neighbor and fought a courageous battle. Stay strong and lean on each other for courage in these hard days ahead.  Love and prayers from the Ormsbee family.

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