HORNELL-Timothy J. ‘Tim” Deebs, 68, of 23 Hakes Ave., Hornell, died Wednesday afternoon (March 2, 2022) at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, following a brief illness.
Born in Hornell on April 3, 1953, he was the son of Fred “Blackie” & Thomasine “Tommie” (Doyle) Deebs.
Tim, affectionately known as “Mecca”, grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1971). While in high school, he was a member of the HHS football team, wrestling team and track team. It was at that time that he began working for his father at Hornell Tank & Pump Company, a business that he would eventually own & operate under the name Deebs Tank & Pump.
For a time, Tim was employed as a backhoe operator for Karl Weyand Construction of Hornell and later drove tractor-trailer. For several years he served as a brakeman for the former Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad. A licensed electrician, Tim owned & operated his own electrical contracting business in Hornell and as a licensed mechanic owned & operated Seneca Street CITGO, the last “Full Service Gas Station” in Hornell. He was later employed at TTA Corporation in Kanona and Alstom Corporation of Hornell. He retired in 2010 due to ill health.
Tim had been a communicant of the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church and a 3rd Degree member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus and also a member of the Hornell Association. He was an avid Buffalo Bills Football fan as well as a New York Yankee fan. Tim was also a “die-hard” NASCAR fan. In his younger years, he liked to go deer hunting with his friends and enjoyed restoring vintage cars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred & “Tommie” Deebs; and his infant brother, John Deebs.
Surviving are 2 brothers, Thomas (Irene) Deebs of Largo, FL and Michael (Andrea) Deebs of Hornell; 2 sisters, Lori (Bob) Flaitz of Hornell and Karen (Paul) Stevens of Arkport; several nieces, nephews & cousins.
At Tim’s request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Ann’s Church at a time & date to be announced. Final interment will be in Hornell Rural Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Tim’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the Hornell Humane Society.
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