Nicholas Anthony Heineman 1929-2021

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 3:30pm
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Nicholas Anthony Heineman of Palm Coast, Florida and formerly of Stamford, CT passed away suddenly on March 17, 2021. Healthy and vibrantuntil the end, he passed quickly, peacefully and without pain.
Born March 12, 1929 in White Plains, NY, he is survived by his 94-year-old sister, Betty Glinert, as well as three sons: Brett of Carmel, NY; Scott (Ann) of Arlington Heights, IL and Gregg
(Sally) of Hawthorn Woods, IL; seven grandchildren: Katie, Nicholas, David, Sarah, Andrew, Nicole and Austin and great-granddaughter Riley. In addition to his wife Barbara Lee (Thorn) Heineman, Nick was predeceased by his son Keith; mother, Theresa Marie (Catucci) Heineman (at 100); biological father Anthony Torres; adoptive father Albert Philip Heineman and daughter-in-law Bonnie Topp Heineman.
With their parents’ early divorce, Nick and Betty were separated and put into the foster care system. He was fortunate to find himself in some healthy, nurturing environments where he developed his love of the outdoors with a passion for fishing and seeing all people that crossed his path as equals. With his mother’s second marriage to Albert Heineman, who adopted Nick, they would settle in New Canaan, CT. He had fond memories of his family life and their home with its orchards, chickens, and gardens providing food for those in need during WWll. It was on the hills of this property that he first started what would become another great passion of his, skiing. He graduated from New Canaan High School in 1947; Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre, PA in 1951 and served in the infantry in Korea 1951-1953. He got recognitions as a marksman in the Army, and as a great high school and college wrestler and football player.
After serving in Korea, he started work at Conway Import Co. Inc., a manufacturer of fine dressings and sauces for foodservice. As President, and a third-generation owner of Conway, he would navigate the company through the many ups and downs the economy and industry would challenge him and his team with. He was delighted to have all four sons working at the family business.
Nick met Barbara, his future wife, on a White Plains, NY Ski Club trip, where he was the president. They wed on April 28, 1956 in Hudson, NY and would begin one of the most amazing partnerships of love that carried on to their final days together before Alzheimer’s took her away in 2015.
Nick and Barbara settled into their Stamford, CT home where they wouldreside for the next 40 years, raising their four sons. In the late 60s, they discovered Block Island, RI where they would have the good fortune of buying a summerhouse in 1972. This unassuming Atlantic coast get-away would become a favorite escape for Nick and family where they made lasting friendships with the regulars and island natives. They loved the clear water, clean beaches and open green spaces of this quaint little Island. You could count on Nick and Barb lighting up the dance floor at the annual Mary D. Ball; running the 15K; volunteering at Storm Trysail; supporting the many wonderful restaurants; picking up garbage off the beaches; and, when it was running, driving their US Army Jeep in the Fourth of July parade. Nick along with his wife, sons and fishing buddies spent many an hour fishing around the
island off his boat One More Cast. It was also their son Keith’s favorite pastime where they caught many blues and stripers together. He was tragically lost in 1986. The family made a donation that helped build a wing at the island’s medical center in his name.
Skiing, camping, fishing, boating, weightlifting, sports car racing, hunting, flying, his longtime membership at the Campfire Club in Chappaqua, NY (1968-2021) and loving family and friends contributed to his long healthy life that we were certain would take him to 100 and beyond. He loved people and spread smiles and joy wherever he went. Moreover, all who knew him
adored him for the good man he was. Nick lived a full life, including spending his last week in the Caribbean celebrating his 92nd birthday with the woman who brought him great joy in his
final years. May we all be as blessed as he was.
The family is planning a celebration of both Barbara and Nick Heineman’s life at a later date once Covid restrictions allow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Nick’s memory to Block Island Health Services, P.O. Box 919, Block Island, RI 02807. As the sole source of healthcare on Block Island, the agency depends upon contributions to provide care twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Online tributes and condolences may be made at: www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/flagler-beach-fl/nicholas-heineman-10.... We hope you’ll visit this site to post your fondest
memories of Nick.