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Update from Tim's wife

The tests are showing very little brain activity. Tim has a do not recesiate order.

Khris said anyone who wishes to can go to Parkview over the weekend to say goodbye. He's in room 1209 and visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There's another option here. If you like, you can post your memories of Tim here and I will make sure to get them to the family. I will also keep you posted as soon as I hear more details.

This is just so blasted sad.

I will always remember Tim for his class. He was the ultimate homer, but he wasn't clueless in that he never thought the Komets could do no wrong. Despite that, he never thought a referee could do everything right. I love the fact that he used to say the game was boring when it was. I like the way he always talked about the team when things were going wrong and didn't pick out individuals. I also loved his ties because he was one sharp dresser. I loved the fact that he would answer Pat or Otto on the headphones during the broadcasts, leaving everyone else to wonder what the heck was going on, who he was talking to and what that person was saynig. I loved how he was the CALM one compared to Randy sometimes, and then the next time Randy would be trying to calm him down. My goodness! LOL. I loved how the two of them often got so wrapped up in the game that they forgot they were broadcasting and were just reacting to the play, just like any other fans. I love how he could get discombobulated (official term) when there were things going on at both ends of the ice.

I love how they were always there for all the big playoff moments. To do anything for more than 600 games and 22 years takes amazing dedication.

Goodbye my friend.

Posted in: Komets


Mr Snufflupugus
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:14pm


Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:27pm


Is Tim at the Parkview off State Blvd. or the new location at DuPont and I-69?

This is just so sad....

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:28pm

Sad deal :(
I'm glad I still have some VHS tapes of him doing Komet games.Always enjoyed listening to Him & Randy.

Blake Sebring
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:33pm

Pretty sure it's Parkview off State.

Komets PA
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 2:43pm

The best memory I have of Tim is the last one. I went down to see him before the last playoff game and told him that the boys were going to win one and that they weren't going to lose at home and make his last game a loss. We got to talk for longer than we have for a long time since we both normally are pretty busy before a game and it was nice to say a goodbye but I never knew this would be a final goodbye. It just seems so unfair that he finally got a chance to relax and enjoy life and then there is no more life. I guess God has his reasons. So Tim, I hope for a miracle for you and your family and if not, I appreciate that you got to say the things that the rest of us didn't get the chance to say anymore. You were always a kind and decent guy and you left your mark on everyone who had a chance to listen to you gush about the Komets, in good times and bad. Peace, my friend...

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 3:14pm

I am so crushed right now.....I will miss Tim so much. He has grown into one of my biggest encouragers during my own illness and one of my son's biggest hockey fans over the past year. This man embodies class, positivity (for the majority of the time, and unless you play for the other team or wear the stripes...), and hope. He also gave chances to people who never thought they deserved them, even when he knew he was taking a risk doing so. He gave the okay to put a 9 year old kid on the "Game of the Week" interview, when Randy thought it might be a disaster. It turned out to be one of the best interviews yet. He ended up loving the interview, and told my son he could fill in for him sometime as a commentator during one of the games. I have no doubt he'd have made that happen this upcoming season. He was a man of his word, funny, passionate about this team, and yes, a total homer in every good sense of that word. He has left some might big shoes to fill behind that table, and I pity the person who tries to bring over enough cookies and cakes and junk food to satisfy his replacement. He could never get enough! God bless your family through this time.

Mr Snufflupugus
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 3:40pm

I am maybe the least religious person I know. Not athiest but just not into religion since I saw so much hypocracy in it.
Maybe someone can explain to me though how in a world seeming to be of fewer and fewer decent people how a man can work hard his whole life and on top of it bring joy to so many people only to be robbed of a chance to relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor.
I find myself being very very angry about this.

Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 3:42pm

I am very sad right now by this news.

I posted under his retirement news that I think that Tim and Randy had as much to do with me becoming a Komet fan as anything. I came from Anderson where hockey is unheard of, and I literally learned the game in college while watching the Komet Game of the Week and the Call in Show that Tim and Randy had on Comcast Public Access. Tim always had a tone in his voice that made me think he loved being at the games and it became contagious to me as I started going to every game I could in college and ultimately have not missed but 2 or 3 games in about 15 years. I too will remember Tim dressing super sharp with the Star Trek pin attached to his suit jacket. At least I think that was what the pin was....LOL. Tim always called the games like a fan talking to another fan and it always hooked me into watching even though I had all ready seen the game live. But it was fun rewatching and listening to he and Randy react to the play, and the funny thing is, I had reacted the same in the stands 9 times out of 10. Even though I had never met Tim personally, it is kinda funny, but he always was a friend to me.

My deepest sorrow and continued prayers go out to Tim Hoke and his family.

Tim was a friend to me, and I am sure there are thousands of others out there that feel the same way and have similar stories to tell.

Deepest sorrow.

Kris hoke
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 4:00pm

Unfortunately the family has changed their minds about visitation we believe Tim would not want to be remembered that way . We will let you know about funeral arrangents

Hockey Fan for Life
Thu, 07/14/2011 - 6:08pm

Snuff. When Tims time comes, hopefully later then sooner, he will indeed enjoy the fruits of his labor in heaven. That's why we need to make the best of our time here. So we can see him again in heaven someday. I never met Tim but I always liked him.

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 7:31pm

This is so sad! Tim is just such a great man and human being. I have called him friend for over 25 years. Such a easy man to talk with. There is no doubt he love the Komets. He love all of the fans. I know where he is going he will be welcomed with open arms.

"Lord hold my friend close let him feel the love and appreciation of everyone! Make his transition smooth. Bless and remember his family!" Amen!

The Jungle will never be the same! RIP

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 7:43pm

While we are all sad and will mourn here on Earth, there will be great rejoicing in Heaven at the reunion. We will miss you Tim, so this is good bye until we meet again...

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 11:22pm

Snuff, I'm agnostic myself. I believe in possibilities. But I know what you mean. Life isn't fair. That's why it's so important to live every moment as well and fully as you can. Happiness isn't a destination; t's a traveling companion. Tomorrow isn't promised, so find joy in every moment you can. A vivid sunset, a warm rain, a smile from a passing stranger... I think Tim knew that.

Kris hoke
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 3:38am

To all of tims friends and fans I am sorry to say that Tim passed away at 305am Friday morning. We are glad he is in a better place and will let you know more about the funeral when arrangements have been made. Thankful for all your prayer and nice comments.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 5:55am

Prayers go out to Kris and the rest of Tim's family, RIP Tim. You will be missed by everyone who knew you..

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 6:07am

This is such sad news! Tim will be greatly missed by all who knew him and those who listened to him on Komet broadcasts. My deepest sympathy goes out to Tim's family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 6:36am

Very Sad !!!!Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 6:37am

My thoughts go out to Tim's family and all his friends, ones he knew by name or by face. He will be missed by so many!

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 6:46am

My heart goes out to Tim, his family and friends! I will miss seeing you at the games, you were always friendly face and a true gentelmen....RIP Tim...

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 6:50am

My thoughts and prayers to out to the Hoke family. RIP Tim, you were a great announcer. His enthusiam for the komets was impeccable. Tim and Randy made an awesome team.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 7:18am

I'm still at a loss for words.....

RIP Mr Hoke

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 8:15am

Probably my favorite Game of the Week was the game against the Ice when McBain fought Prokopec and when I heard Tim say "Prokopec, you piece of crap" I could not stop laughing. During the fight, all you heard was Tim saying "get, him Andy", classic. Tim calling Kalamazoo's Enrico Ciccone "sissy-own" was pretty good too. Carl Mokosac hit Kaminski "absolute brutal goon hockey on the part of Indianapolis" Tim and Randy were just so great balancing being good broadcasters and being a fan too. I just wanted to share some of my favorite moments. He seemed to be such a humble man, so appreciative of people who really enjoyed the Game of the Week. What a nice man and a sad day.

Thoughts and prayers to Tim's family and rest in peace to a great man. Thanks Tim for all the great memories!

Five Minute Major
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 9:20am

Rest in peace, Tim. Enjoy that great broadcast booth in the sky my friend!

Rick Capps
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 10:23am

rest in peace Tim, you will be missed!!! Our prayers are out for Tims family.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 10:38am

My deepest sympathy to Tim's family.

Tim, through his love of komet hockey, became part of the fabric of the Komet nation. Now there is a tear in that fabric: one that cannot never be repaired.

I enjoyed our conversations whether in person, through e-mail, and even on this blog.

Heaven received a new soul today.

This isn't "good-bye", it's more like "until we meet again".

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 10:50am

We just lost a key part of what made Komet Hockey what it is today. Tim was a true fan who dedicated a huge amount of his time and effort to broadcast games for one reason....the fans!

Tim, For all you did.....Thank you!
Kris, Thank you for letting Tim share his passion with us.

A banner in his honor needs to be hung on opening night.

Mr Snufflupugus
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 10:50am

Rest and enjoy Tim.
You'll never miss another Komets game again.
You were wonderful to myself and my wife everytime we had moments to chat.
You deserved better than this but as Wendy and others have said I know you made the most out of your life and I hope the joy you brought others in turn brought joy to you.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 11:20am

R.I.P. Tim. It's a sad day for Komet hockey and everyone who knew you. If you're looking for stories, Tim did tell me one that I thought was pretty funny. He said it was something that happened on a show he and Randi used to do, and that he always wanted to send it in to "America's Funniest Videos". Maybe some of you remember. He said they were going to have Icy on as a guest, and they wanted it to appear as if he were coming in for a landing by dropping into the shot. He said Randi wasn't dressed properly -- something about shorts and a bag of hamburgers -- so Tim was going to be the only one on camera. Icy was supposed to "land" on a table, but when he came down, the table broke (or something along those lines). Then either Icy or the table or both fell on Tim's leg, leaving him yelping in pain. Like I said, I didn't actually see any of this, but the way he told it sounded pretty hilarious.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 11:26am

Tim was a great guy! I got to know him when I worked at Scott's... he liked to shop there. I have enjoyed the Komet game of the week - discovered it in high school. Such a great guy, i would love for the Komets to do something in his honor as a tribute to all that he gave to the sport.

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 12:12pm

RIP Tim. The world lost a wonderful human being this morning but heaven is that much better. My wife, children, and myself loved talking to you at Komet's games and will miss you. Until we meet again my friend...