Worcester/Grafton – Timothy James Houston, 23, of Worcester and Grafton, passed on from this life Friday, the 28th of August 2015, another victim of the devastating opiate crisis that is stealing our children away from us.
Timothy was a bright and gregarious young man with big dreams for his future and a huge heart. He was generous with his time to both friends and family as well as to strangers. He was an outgoing guy that loved to spin a tale. He had a love of all things historical and liked nothing more than to spend time chatting with “old timers.” He enjoyed cooking and spent a number of years studying the art of glass blowing, fencing and playing the violin. Once, when Tim was about 11, he donned his racoon skin cap and fiddled on the street corner of downtown Worcester. After raising $100, he promptly donated every penny to an orphanage in Guatemala. Friends repeatedly remember Tim for his keen mind and his kind heart.
He attended the Meeting School of Rindge, N.H., a Quaker farm school for two years before coming to and graduating from Grafton High in 2009. He most recently worked at Joe’s American Bar and Grille of Framingham, although he was looking forward to beginning his new job at Bose in Westborough come September.
He leaves behind his darling daughter, Viktoria Alyse, who was the light of his life, and her mother Sarah Gunnard of Millbury, along with his mother, Anne Pavlik Martin and her husband Carlton Martin of Grafton; his father, Craig Houston of Rutland; three younger brothers, Richard, Benjamin, and Jonathan, all of Grafton; his step brothers, Joshua and Nickolas Martin, and his step sister, Mya Martin, also of Grafton; his maternal grandparents, James and Maryann Pavlik of Northborough; his paternal grandparents, Louise Houston and James Houston, both of Worcester; his paternal great-grandmother, Lorraine Ouellet of Worcester, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Thank you to the many, many people that made up Tim’s community. As a younger person, he was blessed to have the love, support and mentoring of a wide and varied group of people, from school teachers to neighbors and friends. Please know that you all made a difference in this young man’s life.
And lastly, thank you to Tim’s best friend, Anna De Cristofaro of Hopkington. The love and happiness that Anna and Tim shared during the last months of Tim’s life are bringing blessed comfort in our time of seemingly insurmountable grief.
All are invited to gather with Tim’s family Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 5-8 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Church, 44 Temple St., Worcester. Burial will be private at his family’s convenience.
Memorial donations may be made to the Financial Aid fund at “Joy of Music,” 1 Gorham St., Worcester, MA.01605. Without this fund, Tim, along with countless others, would never have had access to the many years of music classes and lessons that so enriched his life.
Please visit an online guestbook to share a memory of Tim or message of sympathy with his family at www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.