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February 8, 1943-August 17, 2013
Francis Joseph Heekin (Frank), a retired Lieutenant for NYPD, entered into eternal rest on August 17, 2013. He was 70.
The son of the late Francis Heekin (County Donegal, Ireland) and Mary McBride (County Tyrone), he was born on February 8, 1943 in Manhattan, NY. Frank received his degree in Criminal Justice from NY Institute of Technology and completed the Certificate Program at the FBI Academy. Throughout his career in law enforcement, he taught at the Police Academy, worked in the Legal Division and License Division at Police Headquarters. He served as a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Dept., then as Director of Security for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations before working 23 years as a federal investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor in Manhattan, NY.
He is survived by his loving wife, Veronica Treanor Heekin (Ronnie). He was the proud father of Alex Treanor Heekin and of Rose Frances Heekin (deceased); loving brother of John James Heekin (and his wife Janet) and of Patricia Heekin Whalen (deceased); loving uncle of nephews and nieces: Christopher, Jennifer, Mary Helen, Kathleen, Suzanne, Terry, Brian, Brendan, Ryan as well as many great-nephews and nieces.
He was a longtime member of Greenville-Wawayanda Lions Club. He had great faith and attended both Holy Cross in South Centerville and St. Albert’s Chapel in Middletown over the years. He wrote a column on personal and home security for the Catholic Golden Age Newspaper.
Frank loved to read and often devoured 2 to 3 books on his long train commute to work in Manhattan. He was a great father and husband, a perfect example of what a man should be. At his job and in life, he was by the book with a big heart and a dry sense of humor. His fellow cops lovingly called him “Deputy Dog”.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially his annual summer trips to the ocean in Rhode Island. He also loved tennis, hunting, cooking and was a trophy winning skier. He loved being on the slopes with his son. Over the years, he was a host father for the High School International Exchange Program, hosting students from several countries including Portugal, France and Brazil; one student, Bernardo Diniz, who stayed with Frank’s family for a year, remains part of his family.
Visitation hours are from 5 to 8 pm on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am at St. Albert’s Chapel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 70 Carmelite Drive, Middletown. Burial will follow in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.
Visitation hours will be from 5 to 8 on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY, 10940. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at St. Albert’s Chapel, 70 Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940. Burial follow in the family plot in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown, NY.
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