Thomas M. Viar Tim (1942 - 2019)

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Rabenhorst Funeral Home East
11000 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA

Thomas M. Viar (Tim) was born on May 27, 1942 in Lynchburg, Virginia, which is at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He left this earth on September 12, 2019. He was the son of Thomas E. Viar and Hilda S. Viar and a native of his beloved Amherst County, Virginia. He attended Amherst County High School, where he met the love of his life and soul mate Aline. He went to Mars Hill College and then graduated from the University of Tennessee. He would wear orange from that point on and "Go Vols" is all we can say. When we moved to Louisiana, he braved the purple and gold and proudly donned his Tennessee cap on game day. He married his high school sweetheart while attending college and it was a happily ever after as far as love stories go. He was an instructor of Transportation and Economics at Kings College in Charlotte, NC. He began a lengthy career in power generation in 1970 with B&W procuring reactor components. In 1972, he was appointed Manager of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Purchasing. He was later a consultant to several Nuclear Generating Stations in startup and initial operation. He was Contracts Manager for Potomac Electric Power and retired in 1999. Never one to sit around after retirement, he Joined PCM Industrial Contractors as a sales manager and gave retirement another try in 2011. He had a mind like a steel trap and was an avid history buff specializing in U. S. History. He was a superb storyteller and keeper of jokes. He could repeat them over and over to anyone who had the pleasure of his company. He was a member of the Civil War Roundtable and the National Rail Historical Society as well as the Virginia Historical Society. Upon retiring to Baton Rouge, he volunteered as a docent at the Old State Capital. He traveled extensively throughout his life, covering most of the US, Canada and Western Europe including the UK and Scotland. He and Aline had a great affection for Switzerland as well as Italy. He is survived by his adored wife, Aline Viar, and devoted dog Bitsy; daughter, Shelley Viar of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and son, Matt Viar of Virginia; grandchildren, Jordan, Caleb and Sara Johnston of Baton Rouge, LA, and Graysen Viar of Virginia; and brother, Kenneth E. Viar of Lynchburg, Virginia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Hilda Viar; and his beloved grandmother; Bessie Sublett Viar. His presence will be forever felt and his legacy we are forever grateful for. At his request there will be no services. We see him riding into heaven in his 1972 Olds Cutlass convertible, wearing his favorite orange Vols hat, listening to Bob Seger, ready to share a few stories and tell some jokes.
Published in from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2019
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