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Old 06-22-2020, 03:14 PM #1
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ICC Founder and Professional Paintball Player Tim Montressor #40 passed away today

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"Our beloved son Timothy L. Montressor passed away June 22, 2020 at Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, PA his home at age 36.

There will be no funeral services due to Covid 19, his remains are being handled by Pantalone Funeral Home in Greensburg, PA. His ashes will be spread across the globe by his family and friends per his wishes. A memorial for his contribution to Paintball is underway.

We last saw Tim in late March when he visited us in Tampa, Florida. One of our discussions was about the risk of traveling due to Covid 19. Tim told me, “Mom, if I die tomorrow, I have lived a rich and full life. I have traveled the world multi times, have seen and done things that most people will never have the opportunity to do. Hands down, I have no regrets and would do it all over again”.

As we plan his funeral and deal with his estate, I can tell you his long time girlfriend Shannon Mattox, and his inner circle of friends, Russell, Jason, Chad, Sam , Ryan, and Adam with DLX Technology are the best people you could ever meet. We know why they were friends for nearly 20 years. The character of these friends speak volumes. Tim’s family is finding comfort in the stories of their adventures with Tim from Skydiving, swimming with a Great White in South Africa, Eating dumplings made of mystery meat in Thailand, Running of the Bulls in Spain, camping in negative 50 degrees in Alaska to see the Northerns lights, finding a 300 lbs stuffed bear in the team house, feeding lions, tigers and bears, back packing across Europe, jumping off trains, being detailed in Asia and being accused of being a gun runner, beer fests, the list is endless. The stories made us laugh and cry.

Tim’s dad and I can state he could not stay in one place long, he loved to travel. He bragged about being home only 6 days in one year. It was not uncommon for Tim to be home just long enough to do his laundry before leaving again. He would jump on a plane in a blink of time to anywhere. The only greater love was paintball. He started playing in high school working part time at Futureball near Brighton, Michigan. Paintball allowed him to travel, provided an income. Tim ate, dreamed, talked paintball. He played for Teams in Detroit, Phillie, Edmonton, Dallas, and Tampa. One of his highlights was winning the World Cup and creating the Iron City Classic. He traveled over a million miles, all continents. Tim made friends where ever he traveled.

We could write pages about your short lived life, but the one thing your family knows is that you lived life to its fullest and that you were loved. Our family is receiving emails, phone calls, texts from hundreds near and far of condolences.

Tim we say goodbye, we love you and look forward to hearing about your adventures in heaven.

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I really didn't want to think about this much less write anything, but Tim deserves more than we can ever give.



Paintball lost a great man this morning with the passing of Tim Montressor. Tim has been a fixture within paintball for close to 20 years now and his influence transcended many parts of the sport and game we share in common. Tim's passion for paintball and overwhelming positivity was infectious and inspired those around him to not only do what they love, but to truly do it better to the best of their ability.



I first noticed Tim on Tippmann Effect around 2002. Tim lived near Detroit and Tippmann Effect cultivated an unbelievable amount of local talent with numerous players continuing on to play professionally, but none distinguished themselves as much as Tim, on and off the paintball field. Tim quickly moved up the ranks and played with Detroit Thunder and then literally the best team in the world at the time: the Philadelphia Americans (even though Tim was from Michigan and the team was really based on the other side of the state near Pittsburgh).

Tim became the heart the Philly Americans, a loyal player who started with with the team at its pinnacle but stayed through some rebuilding years and back to glory until the team was dissolved when Smart Parts, their main sponsor, was forced out of business. He then played with one of their arch-rivals, Aftershock, taking a leadership position and helping them take their two best franchise finishes in Xball that season. Tim went on to play on Impact, Dynapact, Houston Heat and settling in to play with his former Philly American friend, Jason "Fat Kid" Edwards, on Tampa Bay Damage for the last several years. Tim guested for numerous teams, often out of the country, which gave him the amazing opportunity to travel all over the world almost every weekend for fun, competition and work. Tim's relentless travel would have worn out any normal person, but Tim seemed to thrive on it, often only stopping home long enough for laundry before heading back out. He loved it and it became an important part of his life.




Working at the All American Paintball Park, Smart Parts, GOG, DLX (all variations of the same company), Tim "grew up" hearing about paintball's "good old days" playing 10-man in the woods. He wanted to bring back some of that fun mixed with raucous camaraderie and allow older players to relive their glory days alongside players who only got to experience it through magazines or stories. Tim's ingenious spin was to allow electronic markers on the field set at 5.5 BPS alongside mechanical markers and call it "Classic Paintball." This key detail allowed more players to enjoy the format without purchasing new gear and was one of reasons Tim's new tournament, the Iron City Classic (ICC), went from being a one-off event to one of the most envied and copied paintball formats in the world spawning a whole new format of Classic Paintball. Only in its 4th year in 2020, the ICC has become the event of the year and a touchstone within paintball that brought together players from different generations and styles to one field, for one weekend a year to enjoy something amazing together.




However, Tim's enduring legacy should not just be the Iron City Classic, as great as that event is and as much as it was Tim's creation. Tim's contributions to the world go beyond being a standout employee or great paintball player who refined himself physically and mentally to continue playing at the highest level for decades.

Tim showed us that it is possible to follow our dreams without ever giving off the impression that he was superior. He worked at his dream job and traveled the world playing professional paintball and even though he was undoubtably one of the cool kids, he made time for everyone. The lesson I hope Tim's all too-short life taught us all is that we have within us the potential to do better. Be better. My genuine hope is that Tim's zeal, his genuine smile and his work across the globe as an ambassador has lent us all some of that infectious positivity.

Tim literally was the best of us.

There will be a push to rename the ICC in Tim's honor or retire Tim's iconic jersey #40 and there will be time for that discussion later. Right now, anyone who could make decisions like that has been hit way harder by Tim's early passing than the rest of us and they need the space and time to grieve for a genuinely great soul. My heart goes out to Adam, Russ, Chad, Sam, Ryan and Tim's other close friends and loving family. As hard as today has been for me, I am sure it's been infinitely worse for you. Tim's friends were legion and his fans literally spanned the globe. None of you could have a better role model. We should all make the world a better place and try to be more like Tim.





Damn 2020 is crazy. No news released as to what happened yet. Sad day. RIP to an absolute legend of the game and ambassador of the sport.
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:19 PM #2
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:21 PM #3
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Dude I just saw this on IG, I can’t believe it. I hope his family recovers from this this hardship.
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:22 PM #4
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Very sad news. Rip #40. ICC should be renamed after him now.
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:22 PM #5
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:22 PM #6
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Rest in peace, Tim. You embodied everything great about this sport. You will be missed.
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:23 PM #7
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A huge loss for paintball at large. My condolences to his family, teammates and friends. RIP.
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:28 PM #9
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100% with this, Montressor Classic.

RIP to one of the best.
Really sad news, will be playing for Tim this weekend at WCPPL for sure.
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:31 PM #11
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no link or official reason given, and I asked a few people close to him no one knows why yet...
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:32 PM #12
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His #40 should be retired in the NXL. Great ambassador for the sport gone too soon.
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Old 06-22-2020, 03:34 PM #13
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Awful news, what a loss for the community. Tim was an amazing human being and the definition of a true role model
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This is terrible news for our community, he was such an asset to our sport.

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Damn, this sucks. Super awesome dude, super helpful. Truly cared for the sport.
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RIP Tim. Great player and paintball is better for having had him around.
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Wow! Shocking and heartbreaking. The paintball community is less without him. RIP
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Terrible news... Absolutely devastating for the community. He was a great guy, always with a smile and made you laugh.
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Its supposedly an brain aneurysm, per a friend. He went to hospital with a headache and passed there. I agree, they should rename it the Tim Montressor Classic. You could tell that was his baby and loved it!
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