Hello Everyone!


     This is a website where I’ll be posting information about the life and times of my only Grandson, Joshua VanTimmeren. My name is Tom VanTimmeren, but Josh calls me Boppy, or just Bop. Although I have built my own computers, I am relatively new to the social media aspect of communicating, and this is my first attempt at setting up a blog, so please forgive my technical ignorance until I get the hang of this. Josh will be 6 years old in September 2012, and lives in the small Midwest town of Rockford, Michigan, about 13 miles North of Grand Rapids. Our family has lived in the Rockford area for seven generations, and our roots and Midwest values run deep. It’s a good place to raise kids.

     As most of you know, we recently lost our Son, and Josh’s Father, Christopher, in an automobile accident. The support and outpouring of love and concern for our family from our, and Chris’s friends, has been an unexpected, and humbly appreciated, source of strength for us as we continue to find our path back to the everyday world. From Gail (Chris’s Mom), Brian (Chris’s Brother), and myself, thank you all so very, very much.

     I’m setting up this blog in an attempt to connect with the people whose lives Christopher touched. I’m beginning to realize that there were many. Through all the cards, well wishes, and hugs that we have received, and continue to receive from everyone, I have also come to realize that there was a large part of Christopher’s life of which I was unaware. I knew he was an enthusiastic member of the Avett Nation, and he had a lot of friends in the Grand Rapids music community, but I continue to be amazed at his level of involvement in the musical and social media community. I’m just blown away! We get cards, with donations for Josh’s education savings account, everyday from people who never actually met Chris physically, or only met him once, but their connection through Facebook & You Tube was enough to form a very strong bond.

     I have also received inquiries as to how friends can contribute to Josh’s education. I have applied to open a Michigan Education Savings Program 529 account for Josh, and I’m waiting on a reply from the company that handles the MESP investing, to let me know when I can start sending in contributions. This might take another week. Donations can be made by personal check made out to Michigan Education Savings Program, and sent to my home at 258 Adolph Street, Rockford, Michigan 49341-1002 and I will be able to deposit it into Josh’s account. Eventually, I think donations can be made by check and sent directly to MESP. Checks can also be made out to me, Thomas VanTimmeren, and sent to my home address. There is also a link above to donate online thru PayPal, or with a credit card. Thank you for your support. I know Chris would thank you if he could.

8 thoughts on “Hello Everyone!

  1. I am so honored to have met you and Gail. Chris shined so bright and still does. This website is such a wonderful idea. So many of us want to support Josh and hear how he is doing. Thank you for sharing this with us. All my love, Mahra

  2. What a great idea Tom. It’s overwhelming the amount of people that want to continue to see Josh grow. This is the perfect way to do that. I will also share pictures with you to use for this.

  3. I’ve gotten used to seeing Joshua grow up via pictures posted on Facebook — I’m glad that can continue through this blog! Chris may have lived a lifetime in a short time, but he influenced and blessed many people. I’m proud to be one of them!

  4. Hey, Thanks for putting this website up. As you can tell your son had a lot of Avett friends, we have all seen photos and videos and it has been such a treat to see Chris and Joshua enjoy music together. I hope that Joshua continues to get to see shows and grows up to realize what a great guy his dad was.

  5. Thanks so much for starting this, Mr VT. It’s been a long time since I had seen Chris, but we stayed in touch over Facebook and he is always part of my memories of “Home” and always will be. Josh and you all will always be on my heart and I so appreciate your willingness to continue sharing his life with us. What a precious thing… Peace, Heather

  6. Hi, I never had the opportunity to know your son personally, but I felt like he was a friend. And for your surprise, I’m from Brazil!!! Yeah…i guess he had friends from all over the world. He was such a nice guy…
    I felt the loss of him in a way that I dont know how to explain. How can the death of a person you do not know personally makes you so sad? I dont know.. I guess it’s the power of music: It brings people together.
    I’m sending love and good thoughts from Brazil. I dont know how i can help from here (I didnt find the link to donate online thru PayPal) , but let me know if there is anything I can do.

    Lots of love,

  7. I love the idea of you creating a blog it is a great way for everyone to see how josh is growing and what he is doing. I always loved looking at Chris’s page and listening to his music. I enjoyed the pictures of josh and watching them play music. I hope Josh will follow threw with his love of music that he shares with his father. Lets see some pictures of the first day of school. I will continue to keep you all in our prayers and thoughts..

  8. I never met Chris, I don’t even know if I spoke with him. However, I will still wear the bracelet and I do feel sorrow that I did not get to meet him before he left this Earthly life. I thought you would like to know that his life and passion and love for his family, friends and music has reached even past his immediate connections to friends of friends. I hope it keeps stretching out.

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