On July 3rd, 2022, the world lost a truly unique, one of a kind individual, the Earl Timothy Arena.
Earl loved spoiling his kids, taking care of our animals, swimming in the ocean, riding motorcycles, talking to his boyfriend, meeting his family, collecting, going to flea markets, modern art, to painting, gardening, talking about cars, boxing, a walk around the lake and a nice pint of bourbon. If Earl wasn’t home, the first place we would find him would be at Harvest, our local coffee shop, where he would chat with his friend over a cup of coffee.
One of Earl’s happiest times was cooking for his family. He often made a “buffet” of food to make sure everyone got what they wanted and no one went hungry. Earl found it easy to worry. When one of us wasn’t home, we started getting text messages with weather and traffic updates so we could drive home and he couldn’t worry about us anymore.
If Earl was at a gathering, he would know everyone there and know something about them. He loved talking to people and genuinely cared about their lives. He always said to ask people questions and listen because people like that.
Earl was an accomplished artist. It was his time designing sports trading cards for Fleer when he really excelled. It gave him the opportunity to be creative and think differently, which was one of his many talents. Over the past year, Earl has seen how many people love and appreciate his card designs. We’re grateful he knew that people appreciated all the hard work and heart he put into his work.
I think what Earl will be remembered for most is his dry sense of humor. Many times people in his family said he was the funniest person they knew. It was a different way he could make people laugh and enjoy himself.
Earl is survived by his wife Jean and children Morgan and Ian, who will miss him dearly, siblings Charles, Theresa and John, and nieces and nephews Alexis, Jonathan, Cailin, Travis, Amanda, Kristin, Stephen, David and Caroline. He is also survived by many friends and neighbors.
A memorial service followed by Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 9 at Saint Mary’s of the Lakes in Medford, New Jersey. After Mass we celebrate Earl’s life at our home.
Posted on July 07, 2022
Published in the Burlington County Times
Saint Mary’s of the Lakes, 40 Jackson Rd, Medford, NJ 08055
July 09, 2022 at 10:00 A.M