Tim Bridgman, a 30-year resident of Anchorage, died from bile duct cancer July 17, 2005, at home, surrounded by his family. A visitation was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. A vigil service and Mass of the Resurrection were also held at the church.
Born in Haifa, Palestine, on May 29, 1937, he attended boarding school in England, graduated from University of Glasgow in Scotland and obtained a master's degree in civil engineering at London's Imperial College. Mr. Bridgman worked as an engineer in Ghana, Africa, before immigrating to the United States in 1963. He met and married Rose O'Brien in New York City, and in 1969, the couple moved to Denver.
Five years later, adventure called, and Tim answered, moving to Alaska to help construct the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. His family wrote: "Tim was a man with a strong work ethic, and his job as an engineer took him to many parts of the world, including Thailand, Mexico, Wake Island and remote parts of Alaska. He shared this sense of adventure with his children on trips to South America, Australia, France and many parts of Alaska. "But it was at home that Tim pursued his avocations: woodworking, rowing, sailing and riding his motorcycle. His furniture and other woodworking pieces were much revered, and he proudly entered them in Anchorage's Fur Rendezvous competitions. "His interests also extended to Alaska's economic and social development. He was respected for his work with the Mayor's Kitchen Cabinet for Racial Diversity and Social Justice, the Ocean View Community Council, Rotary and the Anchorage Art Museum Commission. At the time of his diagnosis with cancer, he was in the process of running for a position on the Anchorage Assembly and involved in the Alaska LNG project."
Mr. Bridgman is survived by his wife, Rose; daughter and son-in-law, Ellie and Jay; sons and daughter-in-law, Sean and Anne, and Peter; and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mr. Bridgman's memory be made to the Anchorage Rowing Club, P.O. Box 242161, Anchorage 99524-2161, or St. Elizabeth's Building Maintenance, 2901 E. Huffman Road, Anchorage 99516. Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary.
Published in the Anchorage Daily News on July 20, 2005