Gabriel Timar was born in Hungary, and following the 1956 revolution immigrated to Canada. He worked in the West, Ontario and Labrador as a civil engineer. As a United Nations Environmental Engineering Advisor he spent twenty years in Africa, Asia and the South Pacific.
In the early eighties he married and returned to Canada. Worked as a professor at Seneca College; retiring as the Chair of the School of Civil and Resources Engineering Technology.
With his wife Adrienne, he settled in Mississauga. He occasionally does consulting engineering work, but mainly spends his time writing and playing tennis.