Dr. Timothy J. Grace, OD
Dr. Timothy J. Grace, OD, 64, of Bemus Point, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, while vacationing in Moshi, Tanzania, Africa.
Dr. Grace was born on Oct. 4, 1954, in Olean, N.Y., the son of the late Frederick and Mary Jean Goodemote Grace.
Dr. Grace was raised and educated in Allegany, N.Y., and graduated from Allegany High School in 1972. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he obtained his doctorate of Optometry.
Upon graduating optometry school, he was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Dr. Grace was stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla., and ran the optometry clinic at Reynolds Army Hospital. Dr. Grace separated from the service in 1984 and returned to Western New York.
Dr. Grace was a member of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish, an active member Jamestown A.M. Rotary, former member of the Community Foundation and the United Way, where he served as a board member and served as co- chair for the 2011 campaign.
He worked at Council Optometric Center in Olean, N.Y., and then transferred to their Jamestown office. In 2007, he acquired the Jamestown Branch of Union Optical and changed the name to Chautauqua Eyecare.
Dr. Grace was a devoted husband and father and his family meant more to him than anything else. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved all music and shared his love for music with his family and friends by making them CDs. He was adventurous and recently fulfilled his longtime dream to trek Mount Kilimanjaro with his wife.
Dr. Grace is survived by his wife, Kathleen E. “Brady” Grace, whom he married on May 21, 1988; his daughter, Rachael B. Grace of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his son, Alex T. Grace of Buffalo, N.Y.; two brothers: Geoff (Kay) Grace of Hamburg, N.Y., and Fred (Judy) Grace of Allegany, N.Y.; three sisters: Jan (Tom) Mitchell of The Villages, Fla., Michele (Walt) Nye of The Woodlands, Texas and Margaret (Bob) Hines of Alleghany, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, 208 Pine St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Family and friends may call at Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home Inc., 316 E. Fifth St., Jamestown, N.Y., on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A memorial Mass will be held on Thursday at noon at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish, 42 Main St., Bemus Point, NY 14701. Father Dan Riley, OFM, main Celebrant and Father Todd Remick Concelebrant. Following Mass, a celebration of Dr. Grace’s life will be held at Bemus Point Golf Club & Tap House.
To send a condolence or to light a candle visit www.presentsixbeyfuneral.com.