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HEAVILIN, Robert A. Robert Andrew Heavilin of Bloomfield and former resident of West Hartford, CT, passed away on Friday, February 25 due to complications from Alzheimer's. Known throughout his life as "Bob" he was born to the late J Seegar and Elsie Weniess Heavilin on January 12, 1936 in New York City. Bob graduated from high school at the age of 16 and then went on to earn an Artium Baccalaureus from the University of Chicago by the age of 19. He later earned a Master's degree in Divinity from Boston University, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, also from the University of Connecticut. He served briefly in the US Army Signal Corps in the 1950's. Bob was a life-long educator, starting his 40+ year career as a middle school teacher in Verona, NJ. In the 1960's he practiced as a Congregational Minister in New Jersey and Connecticut. After earning his degrees at UConn, Bob began working as a professor of psychology at Capital Community College. Later he also taught at the graduate level at Central Connecticut State University. Additionally, Bob had a private practice in marital and family counseling. Bob was a passionate sports fan of the Jets and Yankees. He was also an avid hiker who introduced generations of the family to the White Mountains. A raucous game of Hearts accompanied by a glass of good single malt was one of his most favorite family gatherings. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Mary Calvert-Heavilin; his sister Jeanne Heavilin, and his children and step-children and their spouses: Jeanmarie Seabaugh and her husband, Steve, Michael Heavilin and his wife Polly, Jane Kellogg and her husband, Peter, Susan Calvert, Deborah Heavilin and her husband, Bruce Fryer, Sandra Calvert Nathans and her husband, Robert, Charles Calvert and his wife, Pam Hewitt, and Laura Hill and her husband, Douglas; plus his nephew Jay Heavilin; niece Gail Teague and her husband, Greg, and niece Tracy Burkhardt. "Grandpa Bob" is also survived by his many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, Ph: 800.272.3900, www.altz.org. Molloy Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 1, 2011
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