November 5, 1945 – April 13, 2022
Robert Joseph Heckman, 76, of Park City, Utah,?husband and adventure-sharer of Sharon Bower?Heckman, handed away on April 13, 2022 from?prostate most cancers. Bob was born in Scranton, PA?on November 5, 1945 the son of Mary C.?(Kearney) and Robert E. Heckman and older?brother of James and Thomas Heckman. He?grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA. attending a one?room college home in first grade, St Joseph?Grade School and Bishop McDevitt High School?the place he lettered in swimming. He attended?practically each 5 yr reunion to nourish previous?friendships. He earned a Bachelor’s diploma in?Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America the place he was a dean’s checklist pupil lively in honorary, skilled and fraternal societies in addition to captain of the wrestling group. To earn his approach by means of faculty he labored summer season and college jobs as a motorbike mechanic, bread salesman, fallout shelter analyst, draftsman, laborer, dish washer, lab technician and Naval weapons researcher all the time studying a lot from every of those. Before beginning his skilled profession he earned a Master’s of Aeronautical Engineering from The University of Arizona on a full scholarship. As he was an aviation fanatic, flying mannequin airplanes as a youth, he landed his dream job with Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT. At Pratt, he continued his training at nights incomes an MBA and skilled many job assignments together with engineering R&D, recruiting, labor relations, advertising and marketing and his favourite, a start-up consortium of European and Asian firms, the place he assisted airways in making ready to function new plane engines of their fleet and preserve protected, economical operations. This job included a lot worldwide journey to prospects in Europe, Africa and Asia, a 7 month project to India and a 3 yr project to Australia the place Sharon and he raced sailboats collectively in Sydney Harbour and have been invited to affix the Australian group on the worlds championships in Sweden. Bob revered and beloved the various cultures he received to expertise and took Sharon alongside on some new plane deliveries out of Toulouse, France.
Sailing and snowboarding grew to become a giant a part of Bob and Sharon’s life in Connecticut. He purchased a Sunfish sailboat in his first yr there and joined the Bolton Lake Sailing Club to take up racing. This led to many life lengthy friendships and years of collaborating in native, US and worldwide occasions with Sharon as shore assist. Eventually she steered they get a cruising boat to do that collectively on the water. Early of their relationship Bob taught Sharon the right way to ski, at which she grew to become very achieved. Nearly each winter weekend was spent up north with a weeks-long ski trip out west. Summers now become weekend cruises to Block Island and different New England ports. They bought their boat once they have been assigned to Australia however upon returning they began making lengthy vary plans for retirement. These included discovering the correct cruising boat and planning for five years of cruising adopted by 5 years of snowboarding.
During this time, Bob additionally earned a Master’s of Science in Oceanography to get extra aware of his quickly to be new setting. The boat chosen was a Hylas 46 cutter rig sailboat that the 2 of them sailed from the US Atlantic coast from Maine to St Vincent with occasional stops in Bermuda. Some facet journeys on a pal’s boat included Panama, Columbia and Curacao which prolonged this crusing section to eight years! They then discovered Park City the place Sharon labored as a mountain host and Bob as a ski teacher. They additionally loved mountain biking and mountaineering the nice trails and slot canyons of the West. In addition, Bob volunteered as a tour information on the Natural History Museum of Utah.
Along with spouse Sharon, Bob is survived by his brother James (and Ruth) Heckman of Guilford, CT; their kids Jim (and Ivan) Heckman of Los Angelos CA and Amy (and Steve) Hitzrot and their kids Xavier and Leah of Sterling MA; his brother Thomas (and Sue) Heckman of Timonium, MD and his kids Trent (and Michelle) Heckman of Harrisburg PA and Nichole Heckman of New Cumberland PA and cousin Wendy Heckman (and Sean McKenna) of Salem, NH.
A celebration of Bob’s life with household and pals can be introduced in late spring.