Shortly after I began working at WJRZ in March of 2013, I was introduced to Shore Fire Grille (which at the time was in its original location on Rt. 9 in Barnegat) and owner Tim Kohlheim. After my first visit, I immediately had our sales staff visit him to see if he would want to partner with the radio station and through those conversations, we became friendly outside of work.
I won’t say that we were “close” friends, but close enough where he’d bust my chops about the New York Giants (he was an Eagles fan), and I could text him what I was going to order and he would have it ready for me when I showed up at the restaurant. If this is a small sample of what he did for others in Stafford Township in far more dire circumstances, then the world lost a genuinely good person way too soon.
Tim passed away at the way too young age of 36 in a motor vehicle accident returning home after a day at Shore Fire Grille II in Surf City on LBI on Thursday, August 15th. Over the last week since his passing, there have been outpourings of love from the Stafford Township community and beyond with candlelight vigils, Facebook memories/stories and the upcoming “Celebration of Life” on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11am to 7pm at the Stafford Township Firehouse located at 133 Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin. (Visitors can stop by anytime).
Tim was a 2001 graduate of Southern Regional High School. He studied culinary arts in Florida. Timothy married his wife Samantha on Oct. 8, 2011 and together have two girls, Avalon and Addison.
A GoFundMe page was launched on August 16th and as of writing this, over $60,000 has been raised to help Samantha and his two young girls. If you can donate, please do so by clicking here.
RIP, Tim. Your “hog wings” were one of the best things I ever ate.