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Jack Edward Heaton 1927-2012 Jack Edward Heaton (84) died peacefully on March 20, 2012, the first day of Spring, at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, N.M. After defying the odds for many years in a battle with cancer, Jack died comfortably and without regrets in the company of family, friends and the angelic staff at Holy Cross Hospital who eased his transition. Jack was born in South Bend, Ind., on July 11, 1927 to Horace and Betty Heaton, and grew up in Indiana, Washington and Michigan, along with younger brother Bill. After the Navy in World War II, Jack graduated from the University of Washington as a philosophy major (after studying engineering for three years). His college football team went to the Rose Bowl, with Jack as reserve quarterback. His career included years in advertising in New York City, where he coined the phrase: "Long distance is the next best thing to being there." He moved to Vermont in 1969 and became a developer and manager of: real estate (Wooden Indian, Inc.); affordable housing for low income seniors and families (THM, Inc.); and, assisted living homes for seniors (Terrace Communities). Jack loved fishing, golf, gardening, painting, traveling, and he never stopped working. Jack serves as a true example of a life well lived--a man of great integrity, thoughtfulness, generosity, and wit, and a beloved friend and employer who touched and improved the lives of many. Jack is survived by his wife of 32 years Phyllis Heaton with whom he moved to NM in 1991 and his children Kris Heaton of Connecticut and Kate Heaton of Vermont, as well as step-children Laura Stewart and Sandy Schwartz in New Mexico. He is also survived by a staff of devoted employees, many of whom have been with Jack for 20 and 30 years. Jack will be missed by so many. FUNERAL NOTICE: memorial service will be held for Jack at the Equinox Hotel in Manchester, VT on May 5th to begin at 2 p.m. in the Colonnade Room, with refreshments to follow. He and family express deep thanks to Holy Cross Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory would be most appreciated by Holy Cross Hospital (1397 Weimer Rd., Taos, NM, 87571) or Terrace Communities Foundation (c/o Suite A, 129 Lincoln Ave, Manchester Center, VT 05255).

Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 31, 2012
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