Timothy Paul Caffarella

October 20, 1949 to September 6, 2017

Timothy Paul Caffarella was born to LeRoy Edward Caffarella and Thelma Vida White Caffarella on October 20, 1949 in Malden, Massachusetts. Tim was the second child and one of two boys born to Roy and Thelma, in a family that would eventually include five more siblings, all girls.

The Caffarella family moved from the Boston area suburbs to Tucson, Arizona in 1961 where Tim started his junior high years.  He graduated from Palo Verde High School in 1967 and went on to attend Central Arizona College and then ended up joining the Navy, and served on the USS Nerius.  The Navy brought him to San Diego where he would spend the rest of his life, an avid fan of beaches and bodies of water, especially the ocean.  He became a certified scuba diver and even worked as an abalone diver in the 1970s.

Tim was very proud of his military service and remained very patriotic throughout his life.  Naval service also gave him a great passion for water craft, which he went on to acquire and freely share with others.  Most unusual was his expertise in piloting submersibles, specifically two-man submarines.  He was a long-standing member the Deep Submersible Pilots Association (DSPA) and collected undersea mementos from pilots all over the world.  He even participated in races for man-powered submarines and owned one of the unique crafts.  Piloting submarines provided a living for many years as he would take scientists to the floor of the ocean for exploratory endeavors.

Tim, along with all of his siblings and parents, had a deep-rooted love for God, family, music, animals and America.  He joined Point Loma (First) Nazarene Church in 1980 and sang in the choir for decades, as well as ensembles and other special music.  He played the guitar, dulcimer and piano.  He loved singing and especially enjoyed singing to–and for– his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Above all, Tim loved and served God.  He wanted everyone to know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and Life.  He strove to teach his children and grand-children the importance of surrendering their lives to Jesus at a young age and then being His disciple for the remainder of their earthly existence.

Tim is survived by his wife, Amy (Tucek Ruark) Caffarella, his four daughters, Laurie (Mike) Greer of Mississippi, Roxane (Frederick) Miller of Arizona, Amity (Corey) McFarlin of Texas, and Sommer Caffarella of San Diego, and his step-sons Brian (Rina) Ruark of Honduras and Adrian Ruark of San Diego.  He is also survived by his siblings, Tom (Maxine) Caffarella of New York, Linda (David) Canterbury of Arizona, Cheryl (Paul) Wilson of Arizona, Joy (Paul) Fields of Arizona, Dale (Jan) Simmons of Texas, and Dawn Caffarella of New Mexico.  He leaves behind 15 grandchildren and numerous nieces/nephews and grands, all of whom he loved and would take the time to engage his “Donald Duck voice.”

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10am in Ellipse Chapel at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University, 3901 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, 92106.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cocal Gracias.

Celebration of Life

Service will be held in the Ellipse Chapel.

I worked with Tim at Raytheon. He was always willing to mentor new engineers. That was much appreciated.

Laurie Haack on September 18, 2017

I am not able to attend memorial services for Tim. My families deepest sympathies to his family and friends. He brightened my life.

Lee Charlton on September 16, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Tim at Raytheon. He as a wonderful person

Kathryn Goulart on September 16, 2017

I never had the honor to meet this amazing man, but from everything I've heard about him from Amity-- I feel like I know him. I know he definitely raised a beautiful and amazing family. My prayers, love, and thoughts are with every single member of his family. My dear sweet friend, Amity, I love you dearly and know I am with you in spirit. I can only imagine the meeting of him and my dad. God bless and love to everyone he touched.

Michele on September 13, 2017

So sorry for your family's loss. Sounds like a wonderful man. Amity is my boss here in Texas. Debbie Farmer

Debbie Farmer on September 12, 2017

My dear friend Tim, Your gentle spirit and kindness to all are indelibly etched in my memory. For over 40 years, your friendship was a blessing that enriched my life more than words can say. The deep sense of loss felt today, is made tolerable with the knowledge that you are at peace with the Lord. In loving memory, always...

Neilson on September 11, 2017

On behalf of the Marine Technology Society and the Manned Underwater Vehicles community, we wish to express our sincere condolences on the early call Home for Tim, a colleague and friend in the manned submersible community. His dedication and commitment, his professionalism and his selfless leadership created a legacy that mentored many young leaders. Will Kohnen Manned UW Vehicles, Chair Marine Technology Society

William Kohnen on September 11, 2017

I'm deeply sorry. He was such a good man. Rest easy in the arms of Jesus Tim.

Sherry Parent on September 10, 2017

My dearest brother Tim, So glad you are in the arms of Jesus today and rejoicing with mom, dad, both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles and many generations of saints before them! What an incredible blessing that must be! So grateful that you are out of pain and are looking into the face of our Savior. Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with all who knew you, for sharing what God blessed you with here on earth: a listening ear and caring heart, boat and submarine rides, music, laughter, sight-seeing, Donald Duck voice, love of horses and photography, beach time. We miss you here, brother, but look forward to the day when we will be reunited and will spend eternity together. Much Love Always, Cheryl

Cheryl Caffarella Wilson on September 09, 2017