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Francis A. "Hecky" Heckman

Francis A. "Hecky" Heckman Obituary

Francis A. "Hecky" Heckman, 96, of North Reading, formerly of Rockville, Md., and Pennsylvania, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was a kind, humble and loving man who was devoted to his family and to his Lord and Savior. He was married to his beloved wife, Hisako "Saki," for 66 years and loved her with all his heart. He was both a man of faith and a scientist who explored the boundaries of faith and science, writing essays about these explorations and declaring his faith in God.

Born in Schuylkill Haven, he graduated from high school there and later served in the Army Air Corps (predecessor to the Air Force) until 1947 and was a veteran of World War II. After receiving his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Lebanon Valley College and his master's in biology at George Washington University, he took a job in Boston. He had lived in North Reading for the past 60 years. He was a member of the school committee from 1963 to 1970 and served on the board of Citizen's Scholarship Fund.

Before retiring in 1986 from Cabot Corp., Billerica, he was an electron microscopist and research scientist. He was a founding member and the first president of New England Society of Electron Microscopy.

He became a member of Trinity Evangelical Church in 1969 and served in many capacities through the years. Among them, he served as an elder beginning in the early '80s and in his later years was a member emeritus. In his role as an elder, he especially loved visiting the sick and elderly and encouraging them in their faith. He was also the moderator for many years. For as long as he was able, he loved to be a greeter on Sunday mornings, welcoming people with a warm smile and an encouraging word.

He was the brother of the late Mary Heckman and son of the late Leon and Katie (Long) Heckman.

Besides his loving wife, Hisako "Saki," he is survived by his children, James Heckman and his wife, Ann Marie, Mark Heckman and his wife, Brenda, Kathryn Anderson and her husband, Kenneth, and Jeffrey Heckman and his wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Justin, Stephanie and Austin Heckman, Tammi and Mark Heckman, Chelsea Seapy and her husband, Corey, and Ian Anderson, Sarah and Jacob Heckman; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Kiera, Troy and Liam.

His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill St., North Reading (the service will be livestreamed). Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St ., North Reading. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to American Kidney Fund, www.kidneyfund.org/about-us. Visit www.croswellfuneralhome.com.


Published in Republican & Herald from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2020
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