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Dr. Timothy O’Lenic (Dr. Wonderful), 57, a longtime resident of Davidson, North Carolina, left this earth on May 22, 2019, after a short illness and very brief stay at Presbyterian Hospital and Harris Hospice in Charlotte. During his illness, he was cared for and supported by an exceptional circle of family and friends, a true reflection on his own life.
Tim was born on January 21, 1962 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to William Donald O’Lenic and Dorothy Sue Labash O’Lenic. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Linda O’Lenic Wilson.
Tim is survived by his loving partner of 15 years and wife of one day, Yvette Renee Harrold;
daughter, Leyla O’Lenic; brothers, William O’Lenic and Thomas O’Lenic; nephews, Bryan O’Lenic,
Austin O’Lenic, Danny O’Lenic, and Wade Hantz; nieces, Amanda O’Lenic, Lindsay O’Lenic and
Whitney Hantz; sisters-in-law, Chris Anne O’Lenic and Jackie Hantz; brothers-in-law, Rick Wilson
and Wes Hantz; mother-in-law, Sharon Harrold; ex-wife and friend, Monica Collins; and Russian
Bear Dog, his loving furry companion, Hank.
Tim received a degree in Chemistry with highest honor, summa cum laude, and a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of South Florida. He later completed his residency at Tampa General Hospital as an ICU Intensivist and Anesthesiologist. He began practicing as an Anesthesiologist at Tanner Medical Center in Carrolton, Georgia, and spent the last 18 years of his career with Lake Norman Anesthesia in Mooresville, North Carolina, where he particularly enjoyed Pediatric Anesthesia. He retired in April 2018.
Tim was generous, kind-hearted, creative and brilliant. He was a strong advocate for protecting our planet, for fairness, and for equality. As an Anesthesiologist and critical care physician, Tim impacted lives every day and was part of bringing thousands of babies into the world. He provided comfort to those who were ill and empathy to those who were dying. He made two medical mission trips to Zambia at his own expense, taking his own equipment and piecing together medical devices on the spot to perform procedures and provide relief to those who had no other medical options available to them.
Tim was known to all as a true renaissance man. He also cared for others through his love of food. Nothing gave him more pleasure than cooking a meal for someone or teaching them how to do it themselves. He published a cookbook in 2015, Breakfast at Timothy’s. His most recent accomplishment was to pass the financial exams to begin a financial advisory practice. Tim loved to explore the world, and spending time in the mountains hiking or on the golf course. He was an expert at gardening, totem pole carving, bonsai tree growing, and house remodeling. He was also a wannabe ukulele and guitar player and followed many other creative and intellectual pursuits. Tim had a mind that never stopped thinking and a heart that never stopped giving.
A Celebration of Life will be held on June 22, 2019 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Historic Beaver Dam in Davidson, NC (19600 Davidson-Concord Rd., Davidson, NC 28036). The Celebration of Life will begin at 11:00 AM under the tent with seating and the family will receive friends following the service. Bottled water will be available before and after the service and guests are asked to dress comfortably and informally and wear blue, Tim’s favorite color. Note cards will be provided to write a memory on or you may bring one already written to leave with the family. A second Celebration of Life will be held in July in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well.