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Local author dies after battle with ALS

By Angela Yingling
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:33:48 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 02 2013 06:00:00 PM CDT

A Bristol author and speaker lost his very public battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

A Bristol author and speaker lost his very public battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

56-year-old Phil Timp died at home Tuesday surrounded by family and friends.

Courage, serenity, hope and love: four words that define Team Timp, the name given to the group of family and friends that surrounded Phil Timp in his battle with ALS.

Phil's wife Cindy and three children Beth, Katie and Joseph, sport shirts with the team name, a team that publicly rallied to raise awareness of the terminal disease. "He was always big on awareness and how people needed to be aware of this disease," adds Cindy Timp.

Before he died, Phil Timp wrote a book called Silver Linings: Moments That Took My Breath Away.

It’s an inspirational message about finding the silver lining even in the darkest times, a message friend and former boss Jon Lundburg is familiar with. "I think he showed a lot of people how to live. He put a lot of things in perspective for a lot of people," adds Lundburg.

Timp was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Since then the family and friends have rallied to support a man they love and look up to.

The family and friends are honoring Phil’s memory and are proud of all he did, even in his final days. "He had a terminal illness, but he won his fight. He came out victorious and that's how we'll always remember him," adds Katie Timp.

A memorial service will be held for Phil Timp Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia.