Harry Jacob Heineman, age 92, long of Scituate and most recently of Cohasset, passed away on June 10 in the company of his beloved family. He leaves behind his children Sarah K. Belfort, Anna E. Vijayan, and Lincoln D. Heineman, and dear friend and former wife Donna J. Ekstrand. He is also survived by grandchildren Gatano and Alden Belfort, sons-in-law Ronald Belfort and Sujith Vijayan, his sons partner Michael Malia, and many close friends. Harry had been widowed by the death of his first wife Judy (Brainerd) Heineman in 1966. Harry was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1920, and attended high school in Lakewood, Ohio. After graduating near the top of his class at MIT, he contributed to the war effort working as a chemical engineer at Esso Laboratories, and then joined the Army in 1946. He later returned to school, obtaining a Master of Arts in English Literature from Columbia University, and spending a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. He taught for 30 years at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, retiring as head of the Mathematics Department in 1986. Harry avidly pursued many interests, including cultivating a fine collection of rare magnolias, camellias, and other plants at his home of 49 years in Scituate. He was honored by the Magnolia Society International with the D. Todd Gresham Award, in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the improved culture, increased knowledge, wider availability, and greater appreciation of plants in the Magnolia family. Harry also wrote, directed, and acted in many plays and musicals at the Cohasset and Belmont Dramatic Clubs, and had been Presiden t of the Scituate Arts Association. In addition, he loved collecting antique English porcelain and was an opera and film aficionado. Through his recreational pursuits , world travel, professional life, and church community, Harry made numerous fast friends. He was also a wonderful father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed by many for his generosity, intellect, and wry humor. A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on July 20 at the First Parish Norwell Unitarian Universalist Church, at 24 River Stree t in Norwell Center. The service is open to all. In iieu of flowers, donations in Harrys memory may be made to the Music Committee Fund at First Parish Norwell UU Church (www. firstparishnorwell.org) or AIDS United (www.aidsunited.org).
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Published in The Scituate Mariner from June 17 to June 27, 2013