Firefighter Timothy Gunther was the kind of individual who made an impression upon everyone he encountered. People always remembered the tall, imposing man who brandished what was arguably the best mustache in all of Dutchess County. However, these features were just components of his outward appearance. The shining character inside was kind, considerate of others, and a selfless contributor to anyone who was in need of assistance.
Tim was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on June 22, 1960. He was the son of Thomas Anthony and Lydia Spertal Gunther and grew up with his two sisters, Jude and Alida, in Hopewell Junction, New York. Tim was a graduate of John Jay High School in 1978 and SUNY Albany in 1982. He co-owned and ran Skippers Tavern in Albany until the early 1990s. On August 4, 1990, he married Christine Buechele, and together they had two children, their son, Casey Thomas, and daughter, Tess Camryn. Tim became a City of Poughkeepsie firefighter in March of 1994. For 21 years, Tim worked tirelessly to serve the residents of his community. He received numerous commendations for his lifesaving acts of bravery and heroism throughout his career.
Tim’s fatherhood was nothing short of astounding. No matter what the situation, he was always there for his children whenever they needed him to be. Whether it was at the countless sporting events coached, theatre productions attended, or even just providing some help on a homework assignment, Tim was the definition of the premier dad.
Tim had an ever-increasing range of interests. There was the unbreakable bond with animals, always making time to play with the family dogs, whose love for Tim was completely reciprocal. The arts also played a pivotal role in Tim’s life; he was an avid playwright, with a great appreciation for literature and creative writing. This was also personified by his love for everything Disney. The family’s trips to the parks in Orlando provide the basis for the happiest of Gunther memories. Tim’s toothy grin below his mustache was by far the widest while strolling about with those he loved most in Walt Disney World.
Tim’s tragic passing left a huge void in the lives of his innumerable friends, colleagues, and family members. All of those that were lucky enough to know and be part of Tim’s life will cherish the memories of this remarkable man. He constantly kept everyone laughing and smiling with his keen wit and extensive sense of humor. Tim’s passion for the things he loved and believed in, sincere empathy for others, and endless determination to stay in touch has left a resounding legacy. Tim was the embodiment of “a life so wonderfully lived and shared.”