He leaves behind his daughter, Gay Michaeles and partner Dana Dragon of Northborough; his son, Edward Heirtzler Jr. of North Carolina; his daughter-in-law, Ms. Janet Beers of Westport, Conn.; and son Mark Heirtzler of Norwalk, Conn.; eight grandchildren, Marissa Michaeles, Emily Michaeles, Aaron Heirtzler, Brian Heirtzler, Jamie Heirtzler, Carrie Heirtzler-Gallagher, Kimberly Heirtzler-Barna, and Abby Heirtzler; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald Heirtzler and wife Diane of Charlton and Robert Heirtzler and wife Edna of Milbridge, Maine; his uncle, Lewis Heirtzler and wife Teresa of Worcester; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved grandnephew, Michael Mancini of Oxford.
Born in Baltimore, Md., and raised in Worcester, he was the son of Edward and Malvina (Rocheford) Heirtzler. Ed proudly served in the Marine Corps during the Korean war.
He resided in Westport, Conn. for 45 years, moved back to Northborough in 2004, ultimately returning to his hometown of Worcester three years ago.
“Mr. H” was a certified gemologist and owned and operated Playhouse Jewelers in Westport for many years until his retirement in 2000. He was a coin collector, an animal lover, and a longtime member of the Westport Kiwanis Club. He will be remembered most famously perhaps as a devout New York Yankees fan despite living in hostile territory Red Sox Nation.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 25, from 1-3 p.m., in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough, followed by reflections and military honors. Burial will take place at a later date in MA National Cemetery, Bourne.
Donations to the MSPCA may be made in his memory in lieu of flowers.
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