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Tim Hay Memories
Posted by JT Heslink on August 31, 2010, 1:17 am
As I sit here and prepare to go out to sea I think back on the moment that Tim and I first met. It was at Tulsa in 2006. My parents knew Tim and Candy from the 7.90 racing, but the Navy kept me away and this day in Tulsa was the first time I would experience Tim Hay. Well he walked up to me and said "J.T. you don't know me from Adam, but let me thank you from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my family you are the reason we are here enjoying life as we do. If it weren't for you serving OUR country we would not be free to do what we love. Thank you" I can quote those words because I have seen them for the last 8 nights straight in my dreams. I have had many memories of Tim, but that is the one that stands out the most to me. He thanked me for what he enjoyed. I spent many nights on the phone with Tim and raced next to him on the track. I hurt every day with the thought of losing Tim. I know he is waiting on the rest of us at the finish line in the sky. Candy I hurt for the fact that I can not be there to aid you through this. I know that you and Tim accepted me into your family and I am forever grateful. I will never forget the way you all opened your arms to me as a strange Sailor visiting his parents who were new on the circuit. Then after my Dad's accident Candy and Tim were there at the hospital to see us. They cared so much about the people in their lives. Candy I am soooo sorry I can not be there for you right now. You and Tim were there for me when my Dad was in the hospital and I feel horrible that I can't be there for you right now. Believe me that I am there in spirit! Tim has gone on to the big finish line in the sky and is waiting on the rest of us to join him. He is getting ready for the race of his life, but he is patiently waiting on his competitiors that he raced with on Earth to join him so we can all enjoy our racing family again. It really hurts to go through this away from my racing family, but I have a great brotherhood on my new ship that I can rely on for strength. I miss talking to Tim so much that only Candy and the kids could relate. They all made me feel that close to them. I will carry Tim's love for life with me for ever and I will never let his memory fade. He was a dedicated husband, perfect family man, great racer, and the epitome of patriots! Tim would rather talk to me about my job then racing believe it or not. There were times where I couldn't hardly get a word in, but then we talked when he really wanted to hear what was happening with me and that is what hurts. He didn't stick around to hear how things turned around for the best for me. Candy, Shawn, TJ, and Kristin...you are part of my family forever! I will never forget!