The first annual Timmy Gearty Golf Outing took place on Monday, August 5 at Panther Valley Golf and Country Club. The event, organized in tribute to the late Timmy Gearty ’16, attracted over 100 golfers and the support of many generous auction donors. Golfers enjoyed a great day on the course, followed by cocktails, dinner and catching up with old friends, a beautiful tribute to Timmy whose ebullient personality and incandescent smile will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved him.
Timmy was a resident of Mendham, NJ who graduated from Delbarton in 2016 and attended Boston College until his life tragically was cut short by cancer. He was a loving son and brother, a loyal friend, classmate and a force of life. He was famous for his wit, energy, compassion and, of course, that infectious smile.
He attended local schools in Mendham and graduated from Delbarton in 2016. Captain of Delbarton’s bowling team, Timmy was also a committed member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, manager of the varsity soccer team, a gifted writer for Delta magazine, and an enthusiastic Delbarton tour guide.
He also found time to serve as a junior and senior dean in his deanery, where he consistently demonstrated his strong sense of community and willingness to help his younger Delbarton brothers. Timmy attended Boston College from 2016 to 2017 where, again, he was involved with the Ultimate Frisbee team and The Stylus of Boston College magazine. He studied abroad in Dublin during the summer of 2017.
Timmy exemplified the adage that adversity does not build character, it reveals it: His empathy for others while facing his own battle with rhabdomyosarcoma was truly inspiring. He was an avid supporter of the Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation, founded by Timmy’s classmate Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio ’16 while he himself was battling Ewing’s Sarcoma. The foundation raises life-saving research funds for pediatric cancers through sponsored and grass roots events. For his birthday, Timmy had organized a Facebook fundraiser benefiting the foundation and encouraged donations to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was treated. Timmy truly lived by former Delbarton Headmaster Abbot Giles Hayes ‘56’s motto of “putting the other guy first”.
In tribute to their friend, Timmy's classmates Matt Deehan '16, Luke Anselmi '16 and Nick Anselmi '16 conceived and organized the First Annual Timmy Gearty Golf Outing and served as MCs during the evening portion of the event. They successfully recruited many of Timmy’s classmates, as well as Delbarton parents, current and former teachers, fellow alumni -- including Alumni Director Craig Paris '82 and Delbarton Alumni Association President Tim Fitzsimmons '95 -- to join them in celebrating Timmy’s spirit and compassion by showing their support. All proceeds from the Outing benefit the Make Some Noise Foundation in support of pediatric cancer research.
We salute the three young men above, and Timmy's classmates and their parents, and the teachers, alumni and friends who came together on August 5 to support this very special event in Timmy's memory.
Photographer Peggy Higgins P’11,’16 was kind enough to share the photos below from yesterday’s event…click here to see all photos.