Friends of Tim Ellis/ Medical Fund

$74,494 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 545 people in 37 months
Aaron Meyer
on behalf of Aaron Meyer
Our favorite guitarist, recording artist, and dear friend Tim  was diagnosed with advanced Melanoma in December of 2015.   He is surrounded by his family, dear friends and prayers of those around the world.

We've set up this fund to help with the mounting medical expenses. Please join us in giving back to a man who has inspired us, made us laugh outloud, and has brought laughter,  joy and the gift of music to our lives.

On behalf of the Ellis family,  please refrain from phone calls, texts, emails or messages to the family at this time. We want to be sure to respect their privacy and let them get rest, care for one another and navigate these waters.  Feel free to leave a note on this site, on the FB site ( Tim's 60th B'day Concert) or even drop a note in the mail.  If you send it to the PO Box below, we'll make sure it gets to Tim.

All donations will help Tim and his family pay for medical expenses.  Please share your posts on FB, Twitter and email so that others can help, too.  On Feb. 15 we had raised over $50,000 on this GoFundMe site for the Ellis family - more than halfway to the $100,000 goal.

While this site and others like it provide a wonderful service to the public for a relatively small fee, we understand that some  prefer to send a check directly to the family.  PLEASE mail your check, payable to Friends of Tim Ellis, to:
Ellis Family C/O
Aaron Meyer | PO Box 25486 | Portland, OR 97298

Tim has performed with and recorded for some of the biggest names in the business and has built his professional reputation on his commitment to excellence and a relentless work ethic. Tim is an owner/partner and producer at the world-class Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studio, When he’s not in the studio, he can be found gigging six nights a week, teaching students at Portland Adventist Academy, and spending time with his family.   He is a proud father of six and loving husband to Susan, his amazing wife.
In addition to posting on this GoFundMe page, we will post regularly on Facebook.
Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist
Please share these links on your FB, Twitter and Email!

We all know how difficult it can be to ask for help, and we also understand how life is turned upside down when illness strikes.  Together we can help with a small piece of this fight and perhaps show Tim and the Ellis family how much we love them.  Please share this page link with others who might want to contribute, and post the link on your FB page, if you are inclined.

Thank you for the love and kindness you so willingly share with Tim and his wonderful family.   They truly appreciate the outpouring of support.
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Greetings, #FriendsofTimEllis,

In my heart, I believe that we all carry the legacy of Tim and his brilliant light. My commitment is to continue the work we began, and to strive to live up to the standards Tim set for us all.

This community is strong and enduring. We will play on, in his name, always. As we do, we invite you to join us and celebrate the spirit of a man who will always live in our hearts. Always.

If you'd like to stay current on some of my Tim Ellis projects, and other musical adventures, please visit, or

Thank you all for everything you have done to support the Ellis family, and to be there for one another - we are blessed.

Be well, and rock on!
With Tim and the band in 2013.
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Thank you for being a part of the gofundme campaign for FriendsofTimEllis.  We will be closing the campaign at the end of this week.

The deeply-felt prayers and outpouring of love over the past few months have been a comfort through times of great loss and grief.

There are many beautiful messages posted on this site, and we are grateful to the hundreds who have taken the time to share their love in words and prayers.

Tim is playing his guitar with the angels now, reminding us to make every moment count and to live life to the fullest!  

With love and prayers of comfort and peace...


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March 22, 2016

It is with the heaviest heart this morning that I tell you all that my musical soul mate and dearest friend in the world, Tim Ellis, passed on (Monday) night in the comfort of his home, with his incredible family by his side. He was battling advanced melanoma.

Tim was a world class teacher, guitarist, musician, arranger, composer, band leader, studio owner, music producer, friend, father, and husband to his beautiful wife Susan. He put his heart and soul into all the music he helped me compose and record. We had the best time traveling the world with teaching kids, and performing together. He will always live on with me in my heart, and I will carry on his high standard of excellence in live performance, recording, and music education.

I was blessed to play music with him for 19 years and to have 7 very special albums together. Tim, you have touched Renee's and my life in countless ways, and your infectious smile and laugh will always be etched in our minds as a reminder of your joy for life.

Our hearts have an empty space today, but It gives us great peace to also know you are playing amongst the angels right now. Thank you, and I love you, my brother.

- Aaron
R.I.P. Tim Ellis
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Good morning, #FriendsofTimEllis,
The February 15 concert at Revolution Hall is now online at the Portland Radio Project website in a PODCAST SERIES at

As you listen to the podcasts of Tim's 60th birthday, you'll hear from many of the artists in Tim's rich musical tapestry. The recordings give us a glimpse into the profound effect Tim has had in the lives of others.

Please share the link with others and invite them to enjoy the music and the experience of those who gathered for this memorable birthday party for our beloved Tim Ellis.

Performances by:
Pink Martini, with China Forbes |Art Alexakis of Everclear | Michael Allen Harrison | Patrick Lamb
Tom Grant | Steve Hale | Michele Van Kleef | Stephanie Schneiderman | John Nielsen | Many, many more!

Tim's 60th Birthday Celebration
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35 months ago
35 months ago
Shaun Pigott
36 months ago

Sorry to say that I did not know Tim, but I saw his (and Aaron's) commitment to kids and music via their annual visit to Three Rivers School in Sunriver. You left your mark on all of them. Thank you.

Greg & Ginny Jensen
36 months ago

The emptiness in my heart with Tim's passing will now be filled with good memories. Playing with Tim in Renovaré. Seeing him smile from across the Southlake stage at Easter when I played a rhythm he liked. An arm around the shoulders when I was feeling down. And so many more . . . Tim, you were always kind to me, and I knew that you knew that it was always about the music. I will carry that in my heart forever. Ginny

Cara Ingram
36 months ago

Aaron, I am so sad for you, that you have lost your talented best pal. Here's a little more for Tim's memory. God Bless and shorten the healing process.

Dan Friedman
36 months ago

Aaron, Susan, Tom and to the rest of Tim's family, I am very very sorry for your loss. Tim was a great neighbor and always had time to say hello and chat. Having him and Tom teach my son was an added bonus. I am glad to have known Tim and he will be sorely missed in the hood

36 months ago
Steven Seres
36 months ago

Tim, you retaught me to love my guitar and your incredible fluency in music inspires me every day. You were my teacher, and will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life. I loved running into you at Killer Burger and only regret that I didn't have more time to learn from you. Your talent invades my music collection. I will never forget you. My love and support goes to your wife and family. I'm forever a fan.

Jim & Gina Myers
36 months ago

We are so very sorry for your loss. We loved Tim and sought out his music so many times. We are keeping Tim and your family in our hearts and prayers.

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