Timothy Conrad Aureden died peacefully on Jan. 17 in Oak Bluffs, surrounded by Diane, his wife of 45 years, four of his six surviving children and two of his 15 grandchildren.

Born in Cleveland, he was raised in Rocky River, Ohio, and attended St. Edwards High School before graduating from the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy in Hawaii for three years. He spent his professional career as an estate planner in Philadelphia, where he and Diane raised their family.

Tim was best defined by his dual passions for sailing and for social justice. Under the auspices of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, he founded the church’s peacemaking task force and fostered an exchange through Bridges for Peace with the Russian Orthodox Church. The task force also sponsored Prihort, a horticultural program at Graterford Penitentiary. Prihort served prisoners by offering restorative training in gardening in the prison greenhouse and gardens and by supporting employment transitions when prisoners completed their sentences.

Tim’s passion for sailing began in high school with ownership of a Thistle which he raced on Lake Erie, ably aided by five of his high school buddies. In 1966, he medaled in the National 420 Races. In the following years, he owned and raced a Cal 25 and a Sonar. At the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, where he served on the board, he was instrumental in founding the Sonar fleet and headed the adult sailing program. He loved sharing his passion for sailing and being out on the water with his children, grandchildren, and great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the West Tisbury Congregational Church.

Donations can be sent to Camp Jabberwocky, P.O. Box 1357 Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.