Tim Lucas ROVENSKY
Rovensky, Tim Lucas born April 7, 1954, Coronation, AB
On June 15, 2023 Tim passed away unexpectedly at the age of 69 years. Tim will be forever loved and remembered by his family, daughters Alexandra and Stephanie and Jill…the loves of Tim’s life. He is also survived by his sister Sandra Mason and brothers Eugene (Pat) Rovensky, George (Diane) Rovensky, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His father Nicholas, mother Dorothy, and brother Jack predeceased Tim.
Tim, the youngest of 5 children, grew up on the family farm in Coronation, AB.
He loved the outdoors and remembered a happy childhood surrounded by family and friends. Some were special pets that Tim adored through the years. He would never tire of telling the story of playing hide and seek on the farm with his pet Pig Porky, as well as stories of Princess, Plug, Lisa and countless farm cats. Later in life Tim rescued a Jack Russell Terrier named Archie “only” bringing him home to St Albert to keep for the weekend to see if family liked him. Of course, Archie became an important part of the family and Tim and his girls shared many memories and adventures with Archie: The Dog who thought he owned the neighbourhood.
Tim loved the family farm and actively farmed for several years. He spent countless hours on the combine and enjoyed many lunches brought out to the field by his Mother.
Tim was a gifted musician, so naturally music was a huge part of his life. An accomplished pianist Tim played keyboards in many bands through the years. However, Tim didn’t restrict his instrumental choices to the ordinary or mundane. His creativity and sense of fun even led him to tackle a washtub bass in a Jug band!
Tim had a huge thirst for knowledge and loved learning. He graduated from Blue Print Reading and Advanced Metallurgy at NAIT and in 1982 he advanced to a Journeyman and Red Seal welder. He continued to work as a welder, pipefitter and boilermaker his whole life. Never losing his innate sense of curiosity Tim became an accomplished food grade welder and in recent years designed and crafted the finest and most beautiful vessels for Craft Breweries. He had so many specialized tickets that his girls soon learned the terms, TIG,MIG, Smaw, B pressure….Tim joked his next company name would be the RIG,TIG PIG Company.
He experimented with creative designing throughout the years; his family is still waiting for the promised sculptures.
Tim loved being a father and doted on his daughters. He loved camping with his girls and exploring geological sites and was always taking photographs, a video camcorder perpetually stuck in his face. Tim took thousands of photos and videos and had the good fortune of going to the observatory on the top of Mauna Kea for a private tour. He loved astronomy and looking at the night sky and stars. His family remembers being awakened by him in the night to come outside to look through the telescope or to smell the scented evening stocks.
Tim was a boisterous, friendly, give the shirt off his back type of person. He had a larger-than-life presence. He was caring and loving, and being a father was his greatest achievement.
Almost anyone who ever met Tim knew he loved living life, and he loved living life in the moment! The phrase TIM TIME was coined as Tim lived by his own clock. He was notoriously late for everything and often joked saying ‘I will be late for my own funeral”. Well Tim, this time we wish you were…. much, much later.
We will never forget your big smile, infectious laugh and hope you are driving down the highway with the windows wide open smelling the endless fields of Canola.
A Celebration of Tim’s Life will be held Sunday, September 3, 2023 from 2-5pm at Rooster Kitchen & Bar, 10732 82 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta. Please feel free to bring your stories and any photos you would like to share.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in memory of Tim to YONA-Sistema which supports positive social change through music.
By mail (cheques payable to YONA-Sistema) sent to the Winspear Centre; 9720 102 Ave. NW Edmonton, AB T5J 4B2
Please select YONA-Sistema, In Memory of Tim Lucas Rovensky