Peter W. Heiman
Peter W. Heiman, a fixture at Weaver Street Market, died in his home on July 7, 2009. Peter was 79 years old, having been born on March 7, 1930, in Wurzburg, Germany. Peter and his family emigrated to the United States in 1938 due to the Refugee Crisis and settled in Washington Heights in New York City. Peter retired to Carrboro more than 25 years ago, devoting much of his time to his hobbies of cooking, gardening and his favorite, teaching Latin dance at the local community centers. Peter was a graduate of NYU, spending a long career in the New York City area as a flavor chemist creating such flavors as Keebler Fruit Cremes, Nacho Cheese Flavor in Doritos and various flavors for Continental Bakers. His love of food, excellent taste and fine nose prompted the creation of his cookbook, “The Ethnic Eater.” Peter is survived by his daughter, Heidi; and son-in-law, Robert Venier of Long Valley, N.J.; along with his cousin, Werner Bloch and his wife, Lillian of Sherman, CT. Over the years Peter was involved in many organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and Hospice. He was an usher at The ArtsCenter, a member of the Chapel Hill International Folk Dance Group and a member of the Visually Impaired Peoples club. He met many people sitting outside Weaver Street Market with a sign reading “I like company; how about a 5-minute conversation?” If you would like to give a donation in Peter’s honor, kindly do so to Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, 101 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, or online at A celebration of Peter’s life will be held in the Carrboro area in the next few weeks. Details will be posted at Weaver Street Market. Peter’s family would like to thank all his friends, acquaintances, EZ Rider bus service and all those who had five minutes to say "Hi."
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Published by The News & Observer on Jul. 19, 2009.
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Dear Heidi and Bobby:

I am very sorry for your loss of your Dad. Peter was a wonderful man full of joy, compassion, and wisdom.

Today I made his garlic & eggs in his honor. I have enjoyed them since 1993 when he first made them for me. I now add a lot of Vidalia onions first but I still call them Peter's garlic & eggs.

Last Sunday evening (7/25/2009) while I was driving home from the NC Mountains I decided to come through NC 54 and Carrboro. As I came to the first light at the boundary, I saw a wetness appear on the pavement and then drove into a localized rainshower at the Carrboro town limit. I had the sense that it was a gift of tears from Peter. I stopped at Anna Maria's pizza and shared the memorial service time with one of Peter's three Latino brothers who always cared for Peter and me when we enjoyed their wonderful calzones.

When I arrived at Peter's home and saw the newly planted Camellia, my own floodgates opened as I felt the loss and sorrow that have been pent up in my soul.

The joy and love of life that Peter shared with and inspired in us will always be in our hearts. Peter's Spirit does continue. I know he is in the Light and dancing joyously amid the fields and trails that he can now see unencoumbered with his human challenges.

My prayers are with you both. I hope with time that your profound sorrow and loss can become a deep joy and love and broad smile as you experience the sweet memory and incredible Spirit of Peter.

With much Love, Alice Zawadzki 7/30/09
Alice Zawadzki
July 30, 2009
My condolences to your family. I was sad to read that Peter had passed away. I enjoyed our five minute talks outside Weaver Street Market. It was easy to tell he was a wonderful guy. I will miss those conversations.
Susan Powell
Susan Powell
July 25, 2009
Heidi and Bobby,
So sorry for the loss of your dad. Your dad sounds like he was an amazing person. I would have enjoyed meeting him.
Best Regards,
Marlene Benton Sherwood
Marlene Benton Sherwood
July 21, 2009
Heidi and Bobby,

I was so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The obituary tells me what a great man he was. I wish I had a chance to meet him. Get in touch with me any time you want to talk, I am here for you.

My deepest sympathy! Love you both!

Christine Jenkins
July 21, 2009
My Dearest Heidi and Bobby, My heart goes out to you both during this trying time. We have all lost a friend and a man who loved life and the people around him. I can't help but smile when I think of all the joy Peter gave to so many. XO Kathryn Cohen
kathryn cohen
July 20, 2009
I was sorry to have missed you, when you were in NC. I have thought of you and Peter much during these last few weeks. He was a good friend, and always knew how to enjoy his life. We shared much laughter, good food and music,and I will miss him.
I hope your many memories bring you some comfort.
Please call me if you are back in NC. I would like to take you out to dine in one of Peter's favorite places, and lift a glass of wine to him.
Take care,
Toby Newton
July 19, 2009
I will miss Peter. He is a true friend and was there for me in tough times and good. I especially admired his ability to relate to anyone and everyone. His passion for food and dance were a joy to share. I am sorry for his family and Carrboro's loss.
Ben Dobson
July 19, 2009
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