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R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory- Downtown Suffolk
Saturday September 17th, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Celebration of Life

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory- Downtown Suffolk
Saturday September 17th, 2022

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Timothy Joseph Nygaard

EM/SW Chief Timothy Joseph Nygaard USN (ret), 63, passed away peacefully on August 30th, 2022 after a six month battle with stage 4 lung cancer. 

Timothy "Tim" was born on December 18th, 1958 at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Gerald and Evelyn Nygaard. He graduated in 1977 from Rochester High School in Rochester, Michigan. He served our country for 18 years in the United States Navy and retired honorably as a Chief Electrician's Mate. He joined the US Navy in 1977 and was sworn in on the home plate of the Detroit Tigers MLB Stadium. He completed Boot Camp and A-School at Great Lakes. He was stationed on the USS Holland (AS-32) from 1978-1981 in Holy Loch, Scotland. Then he was stationed at NAV COMM STA in Keflavik, Iceland from 1983-1985. He served as Chief Engineer on the USS Natick (YTB-760) from 1985-1987 in Holy Loch, Scotland. From there he was on the USS Belknap (CG-26) from 1987-1989 in Gaeta, Italy. He returned to Holy Loch, Scotland from 1989-1992 on USS Simon Lake (AS-33). Finally, he served at NAS Brunswick Maine from 1992 until his retirement in 1995. As a civilian he held various positions in the electrical engineering field until his final position at Printpack in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

While stationed at Holy Loch, he met and married his soulmate and heart song, Elaine Nygaard (nee Sutherland). Throughout his career they built a family together. To many he was known as Tim, or Chief Nygaard, but to us he was Dad and Pop-Pop. He was a man who didn't know a stranger and treated everyone with kindness. He was quick to smile and jumped in to help anyone who needed it without hesitation. Tim was a neighbor who would lend a hand, a tool, and a kind word. He was a friend you could lean on and laugh with. He was a dad who fiercely loved his children with all his heart, who was quick to praise and cheer us on while beaming with pride. He was a Pop-Pop who would read stories and go on adventures, while sharing his wisdom and a bite off his plate. He was a partner who was devoted to his wife, and his eyes would twinkle as he talked about how he managed to charm “the most beautiful woman on earth.”

Tim was a gentle man, who was good to animals and would even catch and release spiders. He was brilliant, clever, and curious, often dreaming up inventions, studying history, and researching new scientific discoveries. He loved art, music, and theater. He marveled at the beauty of the world, and even in difficult times he was optimistic. He was a shining light to all who knew him, and there are no words to encompass the loss we feel without him. We will miss his jokes, his belly laughs, his silly dancing, his navy stories, hearing him say "I love you" and his warm bear hugs. 

Timothy is survived by his wife, Elaine Nygaard, 4 children, James (Arlene), Mark (Jhoana), Heather, and Meaghan; 6 grandchildren, Aaron, Clarence, Evelyn, Margaret, Lucien, and Genesis; sisters, Candy (Cliff) Taylor and Penny (Jeff) Lund; brother, Todd; aunt, Jaci “Ant” Conley; along with many other friends, family, and loved ones. 

A celebration of life will be held to honor the wonderful life of our beloved Tim, Dad, and Pop-Pop on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 at 3pm at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service. There will be refreshments after the service in the Constantia House. Black attire is not required, Tim would have appreciated everyone in happy colors. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be sent to The Hurrah Players, 485 St. Paul's Bvd., Norfolk, VA 23510, Attention: Amber Caudell or If you would like to make payment online: https://hurrahplayers.kindful.com/?campaign=344406 or by going to their website https://hurrahplayers.com/support-us/.  Donations may also be sent to WHRO PBS at https://members.whro.org.

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I just learned of Tim’s passing and I am heartbroken for his family. I worked with Tim for almost 10 years in the solar industry and it was a privilege to call him a friend. Always kind and eager to help in anyway he could…he was extremely intelligent and supported us on many projects.
My wife was sick and passed 4 years ago and Tim was a friend to both of us…he would regularly ask how KB was doing because he genuinely cared.
I will miss his laughs and stories that were often part of the same conversation.
A gentle man who loved his family more than anything in the world. I will miss you my friend and pray that you find the peace you deserve.

Jeff Kirschbaum Nov 15 2022 7:27 AM

Goodbye, my friend. Perhaps, we will meet again in another place.

Don Feazelle Sep 17 2022 2:03 PM

I met Tim at our first duty station aboard the USS Holland at Holy Loch, Scotland in 1977. I always thought that he was way ahead of time in his thoughts and ideas. He was a great friend and one that I always could rely upon. Me being that guy that would sleep late; he always made sure that I was never late for duty! I believe we never loose the ones we love, even to death. Tim will continually be there beside us in spirt. Our love is with you and your family. God bless you all.
Love, Dave and Maureen

Dave and Maureen Holt Sep 15 2022 10:14 AM

I have no words to describe how I feel. Tim was always my "big" brother. Sometimes we would go a year without talking and when we did, it was like we had talked the day before. Now I wish we would have talked way more. I wasn't done with my brother, I had so much more to share with him, and learn from him. (He was so smart) I love you Tim. I miss you already.

Todd Nygaard Sep 7 2022 1:03 AM

Tim had so many stories to share and we had many good laughs together while I worked at Hurrah rest in peace my friend.

RHONDA GLASS Sep 6 2022 1:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Timothy Nygaard

Vernard(Joe)and Valerie Robertson Sep 6 2022 9:42 AM

My deepest sympathies to Elaine and the family. I thought the world of Tim, always beamed with love when he spoke of Elaine and beamed with pride for his children and grandchildren. He was a great friend and I loved his zest for life. His big smile and his comical antics will always be in my heart and mind. Although the time has gotten away from me since we stopped working together, Tim was never forgotten and I considered him a dear friend. My heart breaks for you all during this time and I know you memories and his love for you all will be with you always. Sincerest condolences.

Barbara and Paul Hodges Sep 5 2022 4:57 PM