Timothy J. Maerten

Timothy J. Maerten

September 24, 1969 ~ January 05, 2021

Timothy “Tim” Maerten, 51, of Seminole, Florida passed away peacefully on January 5, 2021 of cancer. He is survived by his longtime life partner Julie Donat, his mother Elizabeth “Betty” Maerten, several aunts and uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father John “Jack” Maerten. He was blessed with many extended family members and good friends that thought the world of him.


Tim was originally from North Tonawanda, NY. He proudly earned his Eagle Scout Award and was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He graduated from North Tonawanda Senior High and Alfred State University. Before moving to Florida in 2005, he was a diesel truck mechanic in New York, ran his own commercial landscaping business, and built his parents a new house from the ground up. In Florida, he began his own construction and remodeling company. Known as “Tim the Tool Man” by many, he had the tools, skills, and vast knowledge to fix or build just about anything you could imagine. He was an honest, hard-working man that many depended on.


Tim enjoyed traveling and exploring new parts of his beloved country, especially the western United States and Canada. He also loved riding ATVs, annually meeting up in West Virginia with his best friend from high school, Doni Lauzon, who still lives in New York. But one of his absolute favorite places to ride was the Valley of Fire in the desert of Nevada. Tim also loved music, mostly country music, but also classic rock. He attended many live concerts and enjoyed quite a few meet and greet opportunities with the artists. He also had a soft spot in his heart for animals and was very kind to the dogs and cats he had over the years.


Tim’s wishes were to be cremated.


Maryellen Quinzio Defilippi - Friendof the family

January 12, 2021, 1:08 pm

i never met Tim. I am a childhood friend of his mothers. But i knew of him through her. She was and is very proud of the man he was and talked all the time of his skills and empathy. Its a terrible heartbreak when one so loved by many for his goodness is taken so young. my heart goes out to all his friends and family.

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Thomas Swett - Friend

January 12, 2021, 1:43 pm

I will truly miss Tim. He was a great friend and a sage teacher. I learned a great deal from Tim in our far to short relationship. I am fortunate to have some fond memories of experiences with Tim. Rest in peace buddy.

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Shelly Bevins

January 12, 2021, 1:50 pm

What a lovely Obit. Tim will be missed by many.

    Terry Nikodem - friend

    January 12, 2021, 2:18 pm

    Love and prayers. From everything you told me Julie, Tim put up a good fight. Glad he’s finally out of pain. ❤💔

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    Thomas Schoeller - Friend

    January 12, 2021, 5:38 pm

    What a beautiful obituary for a fantastic and wonderful man. I’m so glad I had an opportunity to work side-by-side with him on several occasions. Each time I learned something new about him. One thing I did not know is that he was he was an Eagle scout. But now it really does not surprise me. Tim’s legacy will live on for many many years here on Isla. When you think of all of the kitchens, bathrooms, and condos that he has remodeled over the years. His attention to detail, and his craftsmanship cannot be duplicated. I will Missed the man, his work, and most of all his friendship. Rest in peace Tim. I guess the man upstairs needed a little remodeling done.

    • Relationship: Friend

    John Mayeux - friend

    January 12, 2021, 8:04 pm

    Sincerest condolences to Julie, Tim’s family and friends. He was always so quiet, or seemed so. Nice, always nice. May he rest in peace.

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    John and Marina Rahman - Friends of Julie

    January 13, 2021, 9:19 am

    Julie, we can not adequately express our sorrow at this, your time of grieving. Know that you and Tim are in our prayers. We wish you blessed today and a brighter tomorrow.

    • Relationship: Friends of Julie

    Brian Stephens - Friend

    January 15, 2021, 1:32 pm

    I knew Tim in High School. I always liked him. He was a good guy. I am saddened to hear that cancer has claimed yet another good person. My condolences to his family. Rest in Peace my friend.

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    Peter Wekenmann - Class Mate High School

    January 15, 2021, 8:05 pm

    I didn’t know Tim very well, I knew Him basically from High School and not much after. Truly an inspiration and good example of how to live life to its fullest. My condolences go out to His family and friend’s who I’m sure will look back and remember what a good guy He was.

    • Relationship: Class Mate High School

    Charlie Invino - Friend

    January 16, 2021, 8:03 am

    You and Tim were obviously a great team. He was fortunate to have you in his corner. The two of you clearly lived your best lives and made the most of your time together. Julie, I hope the coming days bring peace and renewal in this most difficult of times.

    • Relationship: Friend

    Richard Watson - Friend from high school

    January 17, 2021, 12:02 pm

    I knew Tim in High School. He was a real good dude and always fun to talk with. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

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