Timothy Laurence Lipka died suddenly of a heart attack in Washington on July 1. He was 25, according to an obituary published in the Charlotte Observer.
Lipka was born in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on Oct. 24, 1986. He was a 2005 graduate of Providence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University in 2010. He was working on a master’s degree at the time of his death. He worked as an administrator at the Caesar Chavez Preparatory Charter School in Washington.
Lipka enjoyed politics and worked on several local, state and national campaigns. He enjoyed living in Washington and frequented its museums and historic sites. Lipka enjoyed following the Washington Nationals, classical music, music, cooking and dogs. Lipka was gay and had played two seasons with the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, according to his friend, Jeffrey Johnson.
He’s survived by his maternal grandparents Laurence and Irma Jean Campbell of the Isle of Palms, S.C.; his parents David and Janice Lipka of Matthews, N.C.; and his younger brother Eric Lipka of Matthews, N.C. Preceding him in death are his paternal grandparents Samuel and Jerry Lipka of Annapolis, Md.
A memorial service was held July 7. Memorial donations may be made to the Providence High School Band Boosters Club (1800 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte, N.C., 28270) or the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).