SOUTHINGTON - The Rev. Harold David Heinrich, 88, of Southington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Father Heinrich was born Oct. 2, 1925, in Southington, the son of the late Richard and Clara (Yauck) Heinrich. He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
and graduated from Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, and Niagara University. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1956, by the Most Reverend Henry J. O'Brien, Archbishop of Hartford, in St. Joseph's Cathedral. His first assignment as a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford was in Saint Boniface in New Haven followed by assignments at Saint Michael in Waterbury, Our Lady of Fatima in Yalesville, and Saint Francis Xavier in Waterbury. Father Heinrich then served as administrator of Saint Maria Goretti in Wolcott prior to being named Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist in New Britain on April 19, 1990, where he served until his retirement on Oct. 1, 2001. During his career, Father Heinrich served as chaplain to the Waterbury Fire Department, State chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of America for 20 years, chaplin to the Boy Scout Troop 35, was a member of the Wolcott Commission on Aging and was chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in Wolcott and New Britain.
Father Heinrich is survived by two nieces, Martha Wachtel and her husband, Richard, of Clifton Park, N.Y., Cynthia House and her husband, David, of Westborough, Mass.; his nephew, Theodore Schultz, of Bedford, Texas; three cousins, Evelyn Stelma, of Plainville, Eleanor Zorn, of New Britain, and Wilma Carreras and her husband, Carlos, of Bristol; three grandnieces, Alexandra Deegan, Sheridan Wachtel and Jessalyn House; and a grandnephew, Christopher House; and his very special friends Lillian, Paul and Peter Schulze.
Visitation will be held Monday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home, 110 Franklin Square, New Britain. A Mass of Christian burial for Father Heinrich will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 655 East St., New Britain with the Most Rev. Christie A. Macaluso, Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford, as the principal celebrant. Burial will follow in Saint Thomas Cemetery, Southington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Retired Priests c/o The Archdiocese of Hartford, The Chancery, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105-3784 or to St. Lucian's Residence, 532 Burritt St. New Britain, CT 06053. To light a candle or send a condolence, please visit www.FarrellFuneralHome.com.