Edmund T. Heffernan, 77, of Candia, NH died peacefully on December 19, 2021 with his children and wife surrounding him, holding his hands. The cause of death was the result of breakthrough Covid-19 illness.
Born in Malden, MA on March 19, 1944, Ed was the son of William and Rose (Scullione) Heffernan. He received his bachelor's degree from Salem State University and earned a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Ed was born to be an educator and school administrator. His care and commitment to his students and staff was never ending. As an elementary principal, his schools became communities of collaboration and kindness, and he fostered a love of learning, modeled after his own life. His educational career spanned 40 years, first as a teacher, and then as an administrator in the Derry, Portsmouth and Wilton School Districts in NH. He retired from the Florence Rideout Elementary School in 2006.
Ed loved life, but he loved his family more. As a father of four children and grandfather to ten, his life was full to capacity with hugs, laughter, tears and all that the crazy quilt of living has to offer. Ed was a devoted New Englander, taking countless trips north to enjoy the beauty of the White Mountains, and never missing a Patriots game.
Ed's family members include his wife of 43 years, Maryclare (Johnson) Heffernan of Candia; his children, Beth Munroe and husband James of Hudson, NH, Adam Heffernan and wife Lizzy of Decatur, GA, Ryan Heffernan and wife Missy of North Yarmouth, ME, Emily Helter and husband Jordan of Medford, MA; his grandchildren, Sydney and Logan Munroe, Henry, Willa, and Rosamund Heffernan, Liam, Ainsley and Rowen Heffernan, Evelyn and Mariel Helter; many nephews and nieces; and his beloved dog, Addie. He was predeceased by his brother Billy Heffernan and sister, Claire.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Ed took great care to protect himself and everyone around him. He talked about how connected we are as a family, community, country, and world, and quoting John Muir, "When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything in the universe." At this moment we are inextricably knit together as beings. Ed's family asks that we soften our hearts and care for each other, just as Ed's good heart cared for all who entered his life.
His family would like to thank all healthcare professionals and in particular the staff at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH for their dedication and compassionate care.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The New Hampshire Food Bank https://www.nhfoodbank.org/ or The Manchester Animal Shelter https://www.manchesteranimalshelter.org/
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory in Manchester, NH is assisting with arrangements.
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