Jerome R. "Jerry" Heckmann, a kind and selfless man whose spirit was as vibrant as his intellect, left this world unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Mildred (Meidenbauer) Heckmann, and sister, Joan (Heckmann) Lofft. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Ana Lora-Heckmann and two children: Anthony (Caitlin) Heckmann and Patricia (Jason) Gogniat. He was a doting grandfather to Natasha Gogniat, Alexander Gogniat, Oliver Heckmann and Penelope Heckmann. Jerry is also survived by his brother-in-law, Patrick Lofft, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His memory will live on in countless friends, family, and acquaintances who were lucky enough to know him.
Born in Buffalo, NY on May 14, 1946, Jerry pursued a career in education at Canisius College and received Master's Degrees in History and Special Education. In 1969-70 Jerry proudly fought for his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and returned home to Buffalo to finish graduate school. He met the love of his life in 1973 and proposed after only a few weeks to Ana-Lora Heckmann. They married on August 4th, 1973 in Rochester, NY and both pursued careers in education. With the birth of their first child Anthony, Jerry eventually changed careers to support his growing family and provided over 30 years of service to the US Postal Service. He spent his retirement years doting on family and pursuing the many lifelong interests he held including painting, drawing, reading, history, exercising, enjoying nature, and supporting cultural institutions. He was a deeply intellectual man and all those who knew him can attest to how kind, reliable, selfless, curious, and interesting he was. Jerry's infectious enthusiasm for learning will be carried on by all who loved him.
Friends are welcome to join the family on Saturday, June 24, 2023 for calling hours from 1 to 4 PM at the funeral home (570 Kings Highway So.). Full military Honors will begin at 4PM. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society in Jerry's memory. Please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com to share your memories of Jerry.