"Some bright morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To that home on God's celestial shore
I'll fly away
I'll fly away, oh glory
I'll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away"
Tim's brother David leads a packed house of locals, young and old, in a stirring, heartfelt and joyful sendoff to a wonderful man.
Many thanks to all who showed up yesterday for Tim Wegman's last birthday party and wake.
Thanks to all his friends who shared a story or a song.
Tim was special in so many ways, the gentlest of souls, always grateful, always giving.
Key West and Key Westers are all the better for having known him.
Travel well Timmy, Fly Away!
Timothy Gene Wegman's last birthday party and wake will be held at the Green Parrot Bar on Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. He would have been 67 and passed to the other side on Dec. 21, the Solstice.
Tim came to Key West in 1972 and soon took over the Island's first health food store in Key West, the “Herb Garden.” on the corner of Southard and Margaret, where Mangia Mangia sits now. The store had a grand piano in the window and the legendary "free-box" out front. Both were amply and often used.
His love for music took him to The Conservatory in Boston to to learn how to fix pianos and a year later he returned to Key West to open a piano-tuning business and music store, A440 Piano Service on Caroline Street.
He was the gentlest of souls, which shone through in another of his identities, the Key West Balloon Man, showing up at birthday parties and Mallory Square with his balloons, top hat and red suspenders.
He is pictured here sharing his knowledge of musical instruments, ukuleles this time, though he loved them all, and in the second photo he is pictured enthusiastically taking his seat as an honored judge at the annual Green Parrot Old Time Fiddlers' Contest.