He had chased his dream of becoming a player and flown to England from his native Australia to win a contract with Millwall in 1997.
Rathbone told evertonfc.com: "My first experience of Tim was doing his medical and spending the day with him. He was very emotional and even had tears in his eyes when it went through.
"I'm as cynical as anyone about modern footballers but he meant it.
"In this era when football is a business I never think Tim lost that magic of being like a kid and loving being at Everton. Every day he brought that into the training ground.
"He was the type to go out of his way for you and made me feel included and part of his family in Australia. He got me a lovely Christmas present one year from Harrods - he is a generous guy."