December 25, 1960, to September 22, 2019
Timothy John Frederick Huebenthal, 58, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 22, 2019, in the loving comfort of his family at home.
A Christmas baby, he was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on December 25, 1960, to Marianne and John Huebenthal. He moved to Connecticut in 1965 and to Newtown in 1972. From birth throughout his life, Tim had an incredible amount of energy and was often found playing outside, building toy models, and staging reenactments. He was a voracious reader from a young age and could contribute to a conversation on almost any topic, whether it be in-depth, quick facts and stats, or comical one-liners.
The inheritance of all things literary and the local theater from his parents led him to embrace acting in his teens. After graduating from Newtown High School in 1978, he then went on to the University of Connecticut (UConn), where he studied Fine Arts and also carried with him his love of music as a DJ on the UConn student radio station. He played many roles at The Town Players Little Theater of Newtown and later with the The Ridgefield Theater Barn. The theater was his second home — he not only acted in the plays, but he also directed, designed, and built the sets, and was on the Board of Directors for the Town Players. Tim truly shined on stage, whether it be comedy or drama, and his wide range of accents were beyond convincing. He loved Shakespeare as well as modern works and English comedies. He was admired and well-liked by his fellow actors for being a hard-worker in whatever role he took on, and he did it all with a smile and a sense of humor.
Tim’s affinity for music was also evidenced in the extensive vinyl and cassette collection he amassed and the numerous concerts he attended. Beyond the arts, he exhibited incredible physical strength and athletic ability in the sports he played growing up, including soccer, wrestling, track, and in playing hockey well into his adulthood. As a spectator, he loved UConn Men’s Basketball, the New England Patriots, and the former Hartford Whalers.
He also used this strength in his work as a well-respected contractor for more than 20 years and took pride in the business he owned, R-Value LLC. He was a true tradesman and provider for his family and could build and bring any vision his wife and family had for their home in the Russian Village in Southbury, which he cherished.
He was a much-loved and adored son; big brother to three sisters; devoted husband; and doting father and grandfather (“Papa”) to four daughters, a son, his three grandchildren, and several pets. He was a good man. As a friend to all, he will be truly missed, and his humor, kindness, good nature, and gentle-yet-stoic spirit will be carried on in all our hearts.
Tim was predeceased by his father in 1972 and his mother in 2017.
His life will continue through his loving wife, Lisa, together for 38 years, and married for 33 in Southbury; and his four daughters, Emma Beadnell and her husband, Jeff, of South Boston, Mass., Molly, Lydia, and Clara and her partner, Daniel Carr, of Connecticut. He is also survived by a son, Matt Hiebsch, and his partner, Alina Alter, and their two children, Avi and Isla, of Stowe, Vt., and Matt’s son Miles; and his three sisters, Vivien and her husband, John Ciavara, and their two children, Timothy and Jenna; Cassandra; and Sara and her husband, Chris Marquis, and their two sons, Andrew and Ethan. Beyond immediate family, Tim holds a special place in the hearts of extended family members, friends, neighbors, and folks with whom he worked and acted with.
Relatives and friends may greet the family in celebration of his life at their home in Southbury on October 19, 2019, from 2 to 5 pm; formal memorial service to begin at 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Town Players in Newtown, the Ridgefield Theater Barn in Ridgefield, or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.