Lexi Bradshaw remembers Timothy “Tim” Ackerman as a thrill-seeker who loved being a dad.
Ackerman, a 31-year-old Panama City Beach resident and Bradshaw’s ex-husband, died Sunday evening during a BASE jump from the 23rd floor of the Sunrise Beach Resort on Front Beach Road, according to the Panama City Beach Police Department.
Authorities suspect his parachute malfunctioned as he fell.
He 100% would not have done this if he thought for a second it wouldn’t end well. It was not on purpose,” said Bradshaw, 32, also of PCB. “He was happy, he was full of life (and) he sort of lived every day to the fullest as much as he could. He loved his friends and he loved his children more than anything in the world.
Apart from skydiving, which Bradshaw said was among his favorite activities, Ackerman was a passionate drummer and a former member of Queen Anne’s Revenge, an old band he and a group of his best friends formed when they were in high school.
He worked as a full-time salesman for Kannegiesser ETECH, an industrial equipment supplier, and part-time for Panama City Skydive, Bradshaw added.
“He was a great friend, he was a great dad and he was just an amazing person,” she said. “I think he just wanted to make his mark and do something amazing and out of the ordinary and he did. It just didn’t go how he had planned.”
For Michael Hooks, a 30-year-old Seattle resident who moved from Panama City Beach in 2013, Ackerman was a “fun-loving dude” who only took the important things in life seriously.
Hooks said that Ackerman was one of his closest friends for the past 15 years and someone who liked to go through life with a smile.
The way I chose to remember him yesterday and today, too, is with a shot of Jameson and a beer,” he said on Tuesday. “I think that’s probably how he’d want it.”
According to an obituary posted on the Clary-Glenn Funeral Homes website, Ackerman was born in Dothan, Alabama, to parents Richard and Teresa Ackerman. He served in the Navy Reserves as a flight medic, was a licensed boat captain and had four siblings, Joshua Ackerman, Nicholas Alexander, Lindsey Elmore and Leah Gunter.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Skydive Panama City Drop Zone at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the obituary states.
“He was the type of dude you could pick up the phone (and call) at any time of day or night and he’d be there for you no matter what,” Hooks said of Ackerman. “If he was able, he’d be on a plane to come see you if you needed it. That’s just how he was.