Timothy John Richardson was born September 2, 1953 to Philippa and John Richardson near London, England. He passed away in Houston, Texas on Thursday, November 15, 2012, after a year-long battle with cancer. Tim was preceded in death by his father John and his Uncle Humphrey Hinshelwood. He is survived by his wife Jeri, stepchildren Monica and Carlos, 10 grandchildren, mother Philippa, sister Paula, niece Heather and two great nieces, "Aunt" Lizzie, cousins Amanda and Angus and extended family and friends around the world. Tim was known to his friends and family as a kind, gentle, caring, funny and brilliant man. Tim was raised in England and attended Repton School in South Derbyshire. He received his M.A., Natural Sciences (Geology) from Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge in 1975. After working in France for a couple of years, Tim embarked on a 30+ year career in the petrochemical industry, including consulting, trading, brokering and recruiting. On August 2, 1981, Tim landed at DFW airport for what he thought would be just the next stop on a career path that would take him all over the world. His idea was that he would stick around in the USA for about 7 years. One's plans are so easily derailed, as Tim would say, but he had no regrets having spent over half of his life in Texas. He made lifelong friends here, and of course met his beautiful wife, Jeri. Tim had a lot of fun at both work and play. He was a happy man and was loved by all. The world is a much less interesting place without him. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at Patrenella's in the Heights (Corleone Bar & Grill) on Sunday November 25 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Address: 813 Jackson Hill Houston, TX 77007 713-863-8223 .

A memorial fund has been set up for Tim's family. Gift donations can be made out to:
Jeri L. Jordan Richardson, for the Timothy John Richardson Memorial Fund. Mailing address:
Allegiance Bank Texas 8727 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77040-5191, or call 281-517-8760.

Obituary courtesy of the Houston Chronicle


Tim (DINGO/TLEARY) began playing NTN trivia around 1996 at Cosmos in Houston, whose rankings went out under the location name HI Beaumont. He was joined in playing by Mike/MIKEEE (then a Cosmos bartender), and friends Carol (CSV/HUNU) and Bob (BOBERT). Occasionally Tim would check out other locations, such as the relatively nearby Catbirds, where he became a member of the original McCarthy Cup–winning team. He also participated in the two Houston trivia bashes where he got to put names to faces of those who are members of the BadBart and now-Scaratings online communities.

When Cosmos ceased to have NTN, Tim and his team moved to SRO OT, which quickly established a presence in the Showdown/Brainbuster wars on Tuesday. Tim led the team, eventually augmented by Jim (COOGS/CUUGS) and Brooke (AARDVK/KRIEM/LGLPRO) in the McCarthy and Sandbagger’s tournaments, and won (without anyone’s help) the Brainbuster individual tournament. Even when a cancer diagnosis in late 2011 caused him to start missing Tuesdays, he still played whenever his condition permitted, even while on chemo, including through SRO OT’s elimination in the 2012 Sandbagger’s, which was his final playing day.

In addition to NTN/BT, Tim passed the Jeopardy! test more than once, traveling to Portland and New Orleans to audition, but like many never cleared the wait list to be on the show.

Tim was the go-to guy on geography, geology, classics (including classical music), world history and politics, and word roots (Latin and Greek come in handy), and he knew a great deal about many other subjects, including the obscure. The breadth and depth of his knowledge never ceased to surprise. His guesses were worth more than most players’ “bank its.” This combined with his ready wit and ability to engage so well with other people made him the perfect teammate and friend. He is much missed.

Courtesy of Brooke Smith, AARDVK/KRIEM/LGLPRO

Tim with his wife, Jeri (in the middle); the woman on the right is unidentified.

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