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Timothy I. Sobotka

Posted By obits On January 10, 2020 @ 12:41 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 66 Comments

Timothy Ira Sobotka, 48, of Wanchese, NC died Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Born in Riverhead, NY on October 1, 1971, he was the son of Frank John Sobotka and the late Phylis Irene Etheridge.

Longline captain of his fishing vessel The Bluefin, Timmy was at peace when he was at sea. Big, beloved, devoted badass pirate fisherman, he was an avid and devoted commercial fisherman with a larger than life character and a big soft heart of gold. Family to all who knew him, he will be sorely missed by the Wanchese/Outer Banks community and all along the East Coast from Greenport, Long Island, New York to the Florida Keys.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his sister, Jennifer L. Harrell of Wanchese; nephew, Angelo; two nieces, Crystal and Nicole; two great-nieces, Dana and Deja; great-nephew, River; and his dog, Coral.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Wanchese Assembly of God with Rev. Kenny Midgett and Rev. Dustin Daniels officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives for a viewing and visitation one hour prior to the service.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.


Twiford Funeral Home (Outer Banks)

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Manteo, NC 27954
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Condolence from Faye Lewark Daniels on January 10th, 2020 1:02 pm

My thoughts are with you and your family at this time; may your memories bring you comfort.

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~~ Eskimo Proverb

Condolence from Wendy Fearing on January 10th, 2020 2:07 pm

Jennifer and family,
Timmy was a very special man to me, and to so many whose lives he touched. He will long be loved and remembered by the many who were blessed to know him.
My thoughts, prayers and love are with you now and always.
Our deepest condolences.
Wendy and Woody Fearing

Condolence from Caine on January 10th, 2020 2:08 pm

I love you brother! I love you.

Condolence from Megan Gallop on January 10th, 2020 2:11 pm

He was definitely one of a kind with a heart of gold! He was always there for me no matter what it was or what time it was!! He will truly be missed. My heart goes out to his family and I pray that God will comfort and give them peace and understanding during this tragic time. Fly High Timmy!!!

Condolence from Mikey Wilson on January 10th, 2020 2:38 pm

My condolences to the family. That means everybody. He considered everybody as a brother or sister. Lots of good times with him. RIP brother. Love you. See you again some day.

Condolence from Jim Rickman on January 10th, 2020 2:44 pm

May calm seas be with you always!! RIP!!

Condolence from Caroline Stetson on January 10th, 2020 3:19 pm

For the privilege of having Timmy in our lives, we are grateful. Your whole family will be forever tied with love to the Stetsons.
May God’s comfort and strength be as real to you all as the precious memories of Timmy’s life.
In Jesus’ Name.

Condolence from Karen Basham on January 10th, 2020 3:35 pm

Love you Timmy. Condolences to Jennifer and his family. He was one of a kind and will be missed. He’s crossed the bar and will be watching over us all. Gone too soon. Again love you brother May you Rest In Peace and may your family find comfort in all who loved you

Condolence from Ash on January 10th, 2020 3:50 pm

Pier Sunrises will never be the same! Rest easy ol friend. Thanks for always being there

Condolence from Penny Ashby on January 10th, 2020 4:14 pm

May you have fair winds and calm seas.

Condolence from Ronnie Gibbs on January 10th, 2020 4:22 pm

Sending my condolences to the family

Condolence from William callaway on January 10th, 2020 4:31 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with your family .you will be sorely missed .never will forget the first time we took you fishing with James Miller you must have been around 10 years old.and hunting in penny’s hill is more stories. Rest In Peace brother. Bilbo callaway

Condolence from JB Tieder on January 10th, 2020 4:46 pm

Hunted with Timmy in the late 80’s up here in Md and through facebook we stayed in touch all tjese years. So sorry to hear of his passing. I know God is with him now. Timmy was a wonderful person. He will be missed here.

Condolence from Linda & George Pearce, Manteo, NC on January 10th, 2020 4:47 pm

So hard to find words… Another heartbreaking loss to many people. Glad to have had him in our lives and so very sorry that he is gone. Sending our love and sympathy to Jennifer, other family, and his many friends.

Condolence from Kot-n Johnson on January 10th, 2020 4:59 pm

RIP Cap’n …tight lines, calm seas, & may the wind rest against your back.

Condolence from Tessie Forbes Clark on January 10th, 2020 5:23 pm

So sorry Jennifer, and the other family members, know he will be greatly missed. May God bless you all. Love and prayers, Tessie Forbes Clark

Condolence from BRIAN Keith BRUMFIELD on January 10th, 2020 5:30 pm

To Jennifer and family …Timmy was a great friend and neighbor and would do anything for you! He was the biggest bad ass and greatest Teddy Bear I ever knew.. Gonna miss him. He was a true friend to all who knew him. Love and prayers to all.

Condolence from BRIAN BRUMFIELD on January 10th, 2020 5:30 pm

To Jennifer and family …Timmy was a great friend and neighbor and would do anything for you! He was the biggest bad ass and greatest Teddy Bear I ever knew.. Gonna miss him. He was a true friend to all who knew him. Love and prayers to all.

Condolence from Pattie and Jay Austin on January 10th, 2020 5:39 pm

To all he will be missed. He has touched us all in one way or another. Rest now Capt. Peace be with you as you cross the bar.

Condolence from Ginger Tillett on January 10th, 2020 5:50 pm

Just heart broken. Prayers for all the family…

Condolence from Robert Smith on January 10th, 2020 6:10 pm

Sailing on the ships heaven! Peace be with you.
Deepest respect.

Condolence from Crystal Murray on January 10th, 2020 6:16 pm

I love you Uncle Timmy and miss you so much, you were an amazing uncle and person.


Condolence from Everett and Jenice Sawyer on January 10th, 2020 6:17 pm

Timmy was a great guy and friend he will be sadly missed you are all in our hearts and in our prayers

Condolence from Robin Cahoon on January 10th, 2020 6:32 pm

My heart goes out to Jennifer. So sorry to hear about Timmy. He will be missed. My prayers are with you and your family at this time .

Condolence from Tommy and Margaret Joy Toler on January 10th, 2020 6:54 pm

So sorry Jennifer and family!

Condolence from Denise Pearce on January 10th, 2020 8:45 pm

Timmy was one of a kind and will be missed greatly. Condolences to all who fell his loss.

Condolence from Amanda Schillings on January 10th, 2020 8:52 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a teddy bear we all loved. See you again my friend.

Condolence from Joann Selby on January 10th, 2020 9:12 pm

Timothy I will miss you my friend! The best bear hugs as you called them will be missed for sure! Fly high rest easy and know that you will be missed! Love you forever!!!

Condolence from Michelle Halfin on January 10th, 2020 9:29 pm

My deepest condolences for his family & all of his friends. My your fond memories bring you strength & peace during this difficult time.

Condolence from Theresa Burke on January 10th, 2020 9:43 pm

You are in my heart at such a difficult time. You have our deepest sympathies Thinking of you all
Mike and Theresa Burke ( cousin)

Condolence from Christine Lester on January 10th, 2020 9:51 pm

Dear Timmy,
You are a staple in our community. You’ve shown so much love and support to all of us. I am deeply sad that you are gone. Now we cling to these charished memories, and imagine the reunions yall must be having up in heaven.

Dear Family,
Find peace, love each other. I am truly sorry for the pain you must feel.

P.S. Timmy, I’m going to miss you..
Love, Christy

Condolence from The Ribeiro’s on January 11th, 2020 12:48 am

RIP brother.

Condolence from Jay Whitt on January 11th, 2020 3:15 am

T-Pole my friend. So many great memories brother. Heart of Gold. We send our love to your family. Godbless

Condolence from Karen Darke on January 11th, 2020 3:52 am

RIP…My friend Timmy..You will be missed by many people..God bless you and your family…I am so grateful that you were my friend ♥️..I will always remember your kind and gentle soul ♥️

Condolence from Bonnie Jo Waits on January 11th, 2020 4:34 am

Timmy was a bear. I never knew if I was getting a grizzly or a teddy bear when I saw him ( I seem to have that affect on people) One thing I always knew. If any of his friends needed him, you could count on him. My heart hurts for all of us. Jennifer, Will, Tracey, Will and Karen, Susan, RickyLee… May you all have laughter through your tears as you remember him. I love you all. ✝️❤️

Condolence from Everett and Jenice Sawyer on January 11th, 2020 6:16 am

Timmy was a great man and fisherman!!! He had a heart of gold ,he touched many people over the years he always was there to give any of his friends a helping hand I’m. Everyone as my deepest sympathies to his family and friends .Love you Capt Timmy!!!

Condolence from Jane Gray on January 11th, 2020 6:22 am

Sending prayers to Jennifer and family in this time. Cherish the memories you have.

Condolence from Michael Burke on January 11th, 2020 7:40 am

We are all so sorry for your loss. May God ease this painful period for you. Stay strong
Love, Chuchie Caroline, Chuchie Patty, and cousin Wendy

Condolence from Michael burke on January 11th, 2020 8:01 am

“We are all so sorry for your loss. May God ease this painful period for you. Stay strong
Love, chuchie Caroline,chuchie patty and cousin wendy

Condolence from Capt. Leroy Goodwin And Family on January 11th, 2020 8:16 am

From one commercial fishing community to another.
From Cedar Island to the Outer banks villages
Affected by this terrible tragedy
We send our most heartfelt condolences.
Commercial fishing can be so dangerous
But once in ones blood and heritage
A fishermen is unhappy doing anything else.
RIP Guys. And may the families left
Behind find peace.

Condolence from Bernice Jardel on January 11th, 2020 9:30 am

You are all in my thoughts and prayers —- I know he was your best friend Jennifer – I cannot imagine the strength you need now —- xoxo

Condolence from Lorraine Tillett on January 11th, 2020 9:44 am

Dear Jennifer and Family. I am sorry for your loss. Timmy touched so many lives …our community is in mourning with you. Praying for you all ..peace and comfort Lorraine

Condolence from anna sadler on January 11th, 2020 10:00 am

Jennifer and all the family of Timmy. Please know Timmy was one of the best. He cared, he loved and he shared with so many. His kindness to me and my family will never be forgotten. May God give you the strength and peace you will need. Know he will be so missed by so many.

Condolence from Donetta Livesay on January 11th, 2020 10:28 am

Jenn, ❤️

We love him and he will be sorely missed! He has impacted our family with such great memories.

Ron and Donetta

Condolence from Daniel Manuel on January 11th, 2020 3:50 pm

I know we never seen eye to eye Timmy, but I knew in my heart that you were a good man. My daughter’s loved you very much, and they are gonna miss you very much. I am sorry I haven’t been the best father to my girls the past year, but I will show you that I am a good father and I will not let you down sir! Till we meet again Timmy, Rest in peace brother.
With love,
DJ, Dana, and Deja Manuel

Condolence from Carolee Tillett on January 11th, 2020 7:05 pm

Timmy was larger than life and a diamond in the rough. He will be missed and remembered by more than he would ever imagine. Our hearts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. Sending our love, Carolee and Mike Tillett

Condolence from Sonny on January 11th, 2020 7:50 pm

Wow Big Timmy, who would have thought that when I chased you down because I haven’t scene you in almost 6 yrs that that would be the last time I spoke to you love ya rest ez..

Condolence from Mary Jane on January 11th, 2020 9:28 pm

Jennifer and Family, this took me by Shock! Words can’t say all that is in my Memory of Timmy, my Bear! I didn’t recognize him one time on LI, he had a beard , I called him Bear,! Kind , loving, wonderful man. Just so sorry for your loss, again! Jennifer, YOU BE strong! I always love the Etheridges! Gob Bless you and your family.

Condolence from Bonnie Jo Waits on January 11th, 2020 10:05 pm

I must tell this one important story about this man, to show you the man some of you may not know. A few years ago, the love of my life made a bad choice and was with a person who did not appreciate him or anyone else. She ran him over and ran. Left him for dead to save herself. Timmy was there. He told me personally that Gary, after being run down by a vehicle, that crushed his chest , ribs, and his face and teeth, as well as breaking his ankle, got up to walk to keep going. Timmy picked up his teeth and grabbed him and held him down until the ambulance got there. The cops were telling him not to touch him and to get away from the blood and asked him if he realized what he was doing. Timmy told me he let them know that he’d known this man his whole life and he wasn’t gonna let him hurt himself anymore than he’d already been hurt. And he wasn’t scared of the blood. He just held him until help arrived. THAT is love and THAT is courage. And while I had already loved Timmy my whole life, I loved him even more after that.

Condolence from Kelly Meredith on January 12th, 2020 7:11 am

Dear Jennifer, we are so sorry. Our sincere condolences. Kelly.Skyler.Tanner

Condolence from Sunny and Deanna Briggs on January 12th, 2020 7:18 am

Jennifer and family, We send love and prayer’s to each and everyone of you. Timmy was a friend to many. He was always going out of his way to speak and ask how everyone was doing in our family. May God hold ya’ll all close at this time and comfort you with many loving memories of Timmy.

Condolence from Marian Stroup on January 12th, 2020 7:19 am

Sincere sympathy from the Stroup Family

Condolence from Aaron Williams on January 12th, 2020 11:23 am

My thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Looked forward every summer to Timmy coming up to Point Judith, RI. He was a great man and no matter how much time between visits we picked up where we left off like no time had passed. His passing is heartbreaking for us up north and can’t imagine for all you closest to him. Sending love from the Williams family. Rest easy Big Timmy. ❤️

Condolence from Lisa Bancroft on January 12th, 2020 12:25 pm

RIP Timmy. You are loved by many

Condolence from Hoyt & Sharon Tillett on January 12th, 2020 1:19 pm

RIP Captain..You & I use to chat on messenger. You always answered me & we’d chat for a while, mostly during the night when you were out to sea. Those talks were so special to me. Our last chat you said you would be coming to visit & bring us tuna. Thanks for being my friend.
Like I always told you, Safe sails & calms seas…You’lll be missed..love & prayers to family.

Condolence from Teresa on January 12th, 2020 3:15 pm

My thoughts and prayers to Jennifer and the family. Also to all the friends since we were kids and friends far and near. He’s going to be missed by so many.
I’m gonna miss going back home on my visits and always running into Timmy..to see that big smile and tight hug while saying “My favorite buddy of all,
My Timmy Bear”.
And hear him say, “How’s my crazy girl doing?” Or just friendly text asking how I was doing.
Calm winds and following seas Capt. Timmy…love you always!!

Condolence from Steve budd on January 12th, 2020 8:39 pm

Was great knowing Timmy great fisherman and a good friend your in a better place now I believe you can still fish in heaven and I know some great mates up there to fish with you I know y’all will have a sword and a bigeye on every hook l pray for peace for you and your family

Condolence from Cammie Daniels on January 13th, 2020 10:50 am

Please know, Jennifer, Will, Susan, Bonnie, and families, that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Timmy will certainly be missed. He had the biggest smile and was not ashamed of his love for Jesus.

Condolence from Marcia Bryant on January 13th, 2020 11:51 pm

I know Timmy as a hard workin, big, kind hearted polite acquaintance. I believe he would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was always polite to me when I saw him. I know his heart was good. I’m certainly sorry he has left the community but we all have lots of memories and he will live larger than life with us all. May God bring peace to all the family.

Condolence from Suzy Wescott on January 14th, 2020 10:02 am

Praying peace and comfort for Jennifer’s family and the Etheridges. My heart aches to think I won’t run into Timmy in person anymore. I think we’ve known each other since the age of 6 at Manteo Elementary, I definitely remember a teacher in 2nd grade walking him down the hall leading him by the Ear, he’s always been a big, lovable, handful! And so many fun memories in High School. More recently, I would see him when he was in from the boat and would stop in and visit us at Source Church. He gave the best hugs ever!! God’s Grace is So Much Bigger than the circumstances of this event, I know without a doubt the sincerity of Timmy’s heart and that he is now with the Lord.

Condolence from Bruce Morris on January 14th, 2020 12:50 pm

Rest In Peace Captain your character speaks for itself and will be part of many memories for a lot of people.Lord comfort his family during this time .Calm winds and following seas my friend

Condolence from Dana Daniels Grindle on January 14th, 2020 8:17 pm

My condolences to Jennifer, Susan, Will, Tracy and all the rest of the family. I will always remember Timmy by his big heart, sense of humor and his larger than life personality. It is hard to say goodbye to one of my favorite cousins but there is no doubt in my mind that you are with your mom now in heaven.. I love all the Facebook pics of you fishing and holding your hands in the air with the Bible by your side.

Condolence from Chuckie on January 15th, 2020 5:46 am

The last time I saw you was in church taking communion sitting right behind me. I take comfort in knowing my God doesn’t make mistakes. Love you my friend.

Condolence from Elaine on January 15th, 2020 6:06 am

Jennifer, I’m sadden to hear of your family’s great loss as well as the community and fishing industry, he will be dearly missed.
Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Love, Elaine Allcox Pearce

Condolence from Vicki Daniels on January 15th, 2020 1:20 pm

Jennifer and all the family, My thoughts are with you in this time of grief, so very sorry for this terrible loss. Timmy was a great guy who brought a smile to me whenever I saw him. He will be missed by us all. Vicki

Condolence from Quincy warc on January 27th, 2020 9:37 am

Wancheses native son you will be missed
Love quincy ward

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