Elias H. “Bud” Tingle Jr., 81, passed away May 26, 2019. He has lifted off this mortal coil and gone to explore the universe. He is certain to report any discoveries in a tale well told. Stay tuned.
Tingle graduated from the University of Delaware and took umbrage at any belittlement of the Fighting Blue Hens. He then graduated from the UK School of Law and practiced law until his death.
Tingle loved insightful debate, reading, men’s hats, the city of Louisville, Ky., St. James Court in the ’70s, the old Butchertown Pub, Motown, Cardinal sports and a good story not overburdened by the truth.
His sense of adventure took him to Kathmandu and twice to the Amazon. When making his break from corporate law, he undertook a Jack Kerouac-style hitchhiking trip to Aspen, with only $50 in his pocket. (Some 40 years later, he confessed to having squirreled away an American Express card in his sock.)
Tingle detested cruelty to animals, economic disparity, phony people, the UK Wildcats, corporate greed, racism, self-serving members of Congress, and the triumvirate of Trump, Mitch and Bevin. He was a true friend and an honest man whose word was gold.
Tingle is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn “Tinka” Tingle; his son, Michael D. Tingle of El Cajon, Calif., of whom he was most proud for his courageous and uncomplaining fight against mental illness; his stepmother, Jacqueline Tingle of Fenwick Island, Del.; his stepbrother, Scott Rickards of Portland, Ore.; three dear nephews, Buddy, Brent and Dean Timmons; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and Charley the dog and Barkley the cat, who already miss him on their joint walks. (His beloved cat J.R. preceded him into the universe).
The family thanked Elizabeth Scott, Betsy Cambron, Cheri Lang and Geri Lucket of Hosparus for their loving care and friendship.
In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent to Director of Development, Hosparus Health; 3532 Ephraim McDowell Way; Louisville, KY 40205.