Edward Daniel Heiman, Jr., 91, of the Bridges of EPOCH retirement community, Westwood, died peacefully on October 19, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 7, 1927 in Waterbury, CT., the only child of Edward Daniel Heiman and Olga Sophia Margaretha Poulsen, who lovingly raised him in a neighborhood surrounded by many relatives and cousins. His favorite activities were bicycling in the summer and sledding in the winter. His favorite books were “The story of Daniel Boone” and “How to Fly a Plane”. Later as a young man he made the dream of flying come true piloting single engine Piper planes from a nearby airport. He graduated from Admiral Billard Academy, and then enlisted in the United State Merchant Marine during World War II, where he helped bring troops home from the war in Europe. He began his career in Naugatuck, CT, but was again called to serve by the U.S. Army during the Korean War after which he was honorably discharged. He pursued higher education at Babson College through the GI Bill and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. Ed followed his interest in Investments and Finance into what became a 48-year career as a well-respected and trusted stockbroker in Boston.
He met his wife of 64 years, Nancy Lee Hollingsworth of Manhasset, NY, on a blind date on Valentine’s Day in 1953. They were married in 1954 and settled in Newton and then in Needham for nearly 50 years. He was active in several Masonic Lodges, was a Shriner, and was a member of the Needham Exchange Club, and active in the Babson College Alumni Association. His hobbies were backgammon, travel, reading, tending his organic vegetable gardens, and spending as much time as possible with his family.
He is survived by his wife Nancy L. Heiman of Westwood, MA, four children; daughter Lisa J. of Pembroke, MA, son Dwight E. and spouse Elizabeth Heiman of Needham, MA, son Mark A. and partner Vera Kochs, of Chelmsford, MA, and daughter Claudia J. Haydon of Belmont, MA and partner Matthieu Barragué, and extended family members Theresa L. House of Acton, MA and John Haydon of Cambridge, MA, as well as 5 grandchildren; Eric Heiman of Burlington, VT, and Andrew Heiman, Lindsey Heiman, Evan Heiman, and Guthrie Haydon, all of Massachusetts.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Thursday, October 25th from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Memorial Service will be held in Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 59 Court St, Dedham, on Friday at 10am. Interment is Private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New England Villages, 664 School St., Pembroke, MA 02359 www.newenglandvillage.org, or St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St , Boston, MA 02116 www.stfrancishouse.org