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Obituary for William R. Heffernan

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William R. Heffernan, Sr., 90, formerly of Auburn and Oak Bluffs, passed away peacefully in the evening of Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the Christopher House of Worcester.

Bill was born in Worcester and raised in Auburn, son of the late William H. Heffernan and Grace (Tisdell) Heffernan. His best friend and beloved wife of 54 years, Rosemary L. (Denoncourt), died in 2001. He will be dearly missed by his sons, daughters and their spouses; James W. Heffernan and his wife Evelyn (Lennon) of Auburn, William R. Heffernan, Jr. and his wife Anne Childs of West Roxbury, Nancy A. Fournier and her husband, Peter of Northborough and Jean H. Fleming and her husband David of Portland, Oregon, and also his 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Bill proudly served in the Army of the United States during World War II and was the recipient of several medals including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal.

He worked as a truck driver and was a member of the New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry, Local 170. After his retirement from the trucking industry, Bill and Rosemary worked for the Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing and Island Transport Company as tour bus drivers and guides. They loved showing visitors to Martha’s Vineyard their beloved island and Bill continued to do so until retiring at age 80.
Bill was a dog lover and a World War II history buff. He was an avid crossword puzzle solver and never turned down a game of cribbage. His quick wit was ever-present and will be warmly remembered by all who knew him.

Relatives and friends are invited to Mr. Heffernan’s funeral Mass on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11 am in Saint Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street North, Auburn. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester. Memorial donations may be made to Veteran's Inc, 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.

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