The Life of Timothy Robert Archie
Timothy Robert Archie, 58, of Alexandria, VA, loving husband to Jennifer (Carroll) Archie; wonderful father to Duff and Ben Archie; beloved brother to Andrew and Christopher (Kit) Archie; and devoted uncle to Ellen, Samuel, Jack, and Jamie Archie, Sarah Butler and Liza Butler Arulampalam, Anna, Graham, Audrey, Colin, and Quinn Carroll, and Siobhan and Roy Duffy. He was the son of the late Robert John Archie and Carol (Krebs) Archie.
Tim passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2018, surrounded by love, having survived Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for more than 20 years with wit, grit, and a relentless focus on the thousands of joys and blessings of his life, not the thousands of daily struggles and insults inflicted by a cruel disease. Tim’s sense of humor was, first and foremost, the center of his personality. The harder the struggle, the better the one-liner. “Humor is best left to the professionals,” he was fond of commenting. If that’s the case, he was a pro without equal.
Tim grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, where he proudly attended New Trier East high school. He graduated from Roanoke College in 1982, and moved immediately to Washington, D.C., where he met his wife, Jenny in 1983, as fellow staffers at the College Republican National Committee. He worked many years thereafter in Republican politics, for Secretary Elizabeth Dole at the Department of Transportation, for President Reagan in the Office of Public Liaison at The White House, and for the 1988 presidential primary campaign of Sen. Robert Dole. In 1990, Tim embarked upon a second successful career in interior design, where his exceptional taste and creativity brought beauty to many rooms. And yet, Tim’s best role was that of devoted father. He was inordinately proud of his two sons, Duff (22) and Ben (17), for the men they have already become. Through 20 years of relentless MS disease progression, Tim never lost his razor sharp wit, warm smile, and devotion to family and friends, before MS. MS always came second, and his family and way of life always came first.
Memorial service Friday, March 23, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington Street, Alexandria VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim's memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, by clicking the link below. Donations sent in the mail can be made out to National MS Society and in the memo line please write “Team Archie”. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and progressive neurological illness, which severely impacted Tim’s grandmother as well.
Donations may be made to:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National MS Society, 30 South 17th Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia PA 19103