Obituary: Tim Geary

Obituary: Tim Geary


Tim Geary, shown with his longtime companion Amanda Chandler, at a 2015 Rebuilding Together Alexandria fundraiser, died March 31 at the age of 70.

Tim Geary, a longtime Alexandria resident and prominent businessman, died March 31 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70 years old.

Geary was president of the Old Town-based independent insurance firm Clarke and Sampson. He joined the company in 1976 and specialized in commercial real estate.

Born July 12, 1947, Timothy Richard Geary was affectionately known as “Woody” and “Buddha.” He served on the board of directors for the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Alexandria’s board and the Arbitration Oversight Committee of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, among others. Additionally, Geary raised thousands of dollars in support of the Santa Claus Yacht Club, a local charity that supplies food to needy families in the area.

A member of the Old Dominion Boat Club, the former golf caddy enjoyed spending his free time on the links or at the beach with his family and friends.

Geary is survived by his three daughters: Jennifer Hamilton Geary Mills, Erin Clarke Geary Lepore, and Corinne Elizabeth Geary Allen and their husbands, Keith, Tony and Geoff; his five grandchildren, Alexander "Mac" Mills, Finn Mills, Elizabeth Somee Lepore, Kai Lepore and Burch Allen; his sisters and brothers, Candice, Cynthia Carrigan, Marcia Oliviero, Patrice Eastlake, Daniel and Matthew; his significant other, Amanda Chandler and her daughter, Claire; the team at Clarke and Sampson; and an extended family of friends in Alexandria and Rehoboth Beach.

Geary was predeceased by sisters Regina Merry, Andrea Gleave and brother Christopher. A celebration of life will be held April 20 at 5 p.m. at the Old Dominion Boat Club, 200 Strand St. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Johns Hopkins Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center. Checks made payable to Johns Hopkins University can be mailed to Ralph H. Hruban, M.D., Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe St., Carnegie 417, Baltimore, MD 21287.