Timothy L. Roper
Timothy Lee Roper of Chatham, Massachusetts passed away in his home in Chatham on February 19th, 2017. He was 65.
The son of the late Eugene and Estelle Roper, Tim Roper was born in Oxford, Mississippi on September 9th, 1951. Tim’s early childhood was spent in Memphis, middle years in Connecticut and high school in West Bloomfield, Mich. For college, Tim returned to Memphis where he graduated from the University of Memphis in 1975.
Tim got his start in politics working on the re-election campaign for President Gerald Ford, served as the Finance Director of the California Republican Party in the early 1980s before building the effective and award-winning fundraising and direct-mail firm Odell, Roper & Associates in Bethesda, Md.
Odell, Roper & Associates represented a variety of non-profit and political clients including the Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Club, the USO, the Republican National Committee, and the Presidential campaigns for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Eventually Tim left Odell, Roper & Associates and worked independently as Tim Roper Co. for clients including the Imperial War Museum Duxford and the Conservative Party of Canada. Recently, he worked on the fundraising to help build and maintain the Chatham Orpheum Theater.
A major through-thread in Tim’s life was a lifelong love of Cape Cod – a love that began while working at the Wianno Club in Osterville, in college and grew over many summers on the Cape with his family and deeper still when he moved to Chatham full-time in 2001.
In 2010, he joined the political fray in Chatham by running for and winning the first of two terms on the Board of Selectman. During his six years on the BOS he grasped complicated issues facing the town and worked with civility and clear thinking. He was especially proud of his work to ensure that the new Chatham fire station came in on time and under budget.
Tim was an avid gardener and many around town were recipients of tomatoes and cucumbers from his garden. Tim was a voracious reader, lover of classic films and vintage automobiles – with a fondness for Packards. He enjoyed entertaining and frequently displayed a theatrical streak that turned everything from a backyard barbecue to the holidays into truly special occasions.
Tim greatly enjoyed spending time on North Beach, observing Schoolhouse Pond from his home and spending time with his many friends in and around town. Of Chatham he said, “you'll know when you find the place you want to be for the rest of your life.”
Tim was a loving father of two children and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Seema Roper of Washington, D.C., and his daughter and son-in-law, Molly Upbin and David Upbin, of Silver Spring, Md. Tim is further survived by his two grandsons, Garrett Upbin and Ryan Timothy Roper. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Kathleen Roper. In addition, Tim is survived by his siblings: Neil Roper, Brian Roper, Margaret Trainor, Kevin Roper and Erin Roper of Memphis, Tenn.; and Anne Roper of Dublin, Ireland.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Tim’s life at Del Mar Bistro in Chatham on Saturday, June 3rd from 2-4:30pm.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Chatham Orpheum Theater at www.chathamorpheum.org