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David L. Heck, Sr.
Mr. David Heck, Sr. passed away peacefully on Friday June 25, 2021, surrounded by loving family in Lansing, NY. Born March 23, 1931, in Shelby, Ohio, he was the son of Eldon and Gertrude Heck. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1949, and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kenyon College, in Gambier, OH, in 1953. In the summer of 1953, he enlisted in the US Army, and was stationed at Camp Kilmer, NJ, from 1953-55. He then pursued and earned his Master’s degree in Math and Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958. In 1958, he moved to Endicott, NY, and took a job with IBM, where he worked for 33 years, primarily at the Glendale Lab, retiring in 1991.
In the early 60’s, he met the love of his life, Joyce (Carman). They were married on November 13, 1965, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Endicott, and together they had 2 sons, David Jr. and Robert. Raising his boys gave him great joy, as he was very involved in their various activities, including scouting, workshop activities, and introducing them to running, tennis and cycling.
Through the 60’s, he was an avid tennis player, traveling around the region for various tournaments. In 1971, he was introduced to running as an early member of the Triple Cities Runners Club and began his streak of 17 consecutive Boston Marathons, 3 New York City marathons and various others. Training through the winters of Upstate NY was a joy for him. In the late 80’s, he took up the passion of cycling, and was a mainstay in the Tioga Velo Club.
Born Lutheran, it was in 1996 that he joined the Catholic Church, through the RCIA program.
In 2003, Dave and Joyce converted their summer home on Cayuga Lake to their permanent residence, and embraced the Lansing community as their own. He was very involved in the Cayuga Lake Water Shed Network, active in town meetings and enjoyed getting to know the youth through various scholastic sports. His smile and inquisitiveness were infectious.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce (Carman), brother Warren Heck, sister Emily (Heck) Olmsted, brother-in-law Richard Olmsted, brother-in-law Robert T. Carman, Jr. DDS, brother-in-law Richard DeWalt, brother-in-law Ambrose Cook, Sr., sister-in-law Mary Cook, sister-in-law Lynn (Stoltz) Carman and sister-in-law Barbara Carman. He is survived by his son David Heck, Jr., DDS and daughter-in-law Dr. Michelle (Cilia) Heck of Ithaca, NY, son Robert Heck, DDS of Charlotte, NC; sister Joyce (Heck) DeWalt of Springfield, OH, sister-in-law Bernadine Carman of Naples, FL and brother-in-law Thomas R. Carman, Sr. of Vestal, NY; grandchildren Domenica, Joey and Ray; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Lansing Funeral Home, Lansing, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in King Ferry, NY, on Friday, July 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to immediately follow at Myer’s Park, Lansing, NY, Pavilion A.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David’s name to All Saints Catholic Church, Lansing, NY, and Hospicare of Tompkins County. Let your family, your friends and those you touch in your daily life know just how special they are. There is no greater gift.
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We are so sorry to have lost our wonderful neighbor and friend. Dave was always so friendly and interested in everyone. He never failed to stop and greet us by name with a big smile and give us his total attention and keep us up to date on local happenings.
He had a passion for people, the environment, for fitness, for the community , for his family, and for life..
He was a special person who lived life well and who will be greatly missed.
Mike and Carolyn Richards Jul 1 2021 12:00 AM
I was touched this morning to remember Dave when he had his tennis shop on Main St. in Endicott and then, later, over near Ideal Hospital. I bought my rackets, balls, and string jobs from Dave as a twelve year old. He was always encouraging, friendly, kind and helpful to me in my formative years. I remember, as a line judge, in Fran Angeline's tournaments behind Jennie F. Snapp Elementary School, being impressed and inspired by his style of play. He was jack rabbit quick and very tricky in his shot selection. I am very happy to have relived these memories this morning, but sad for those he has left behind. Best wishes to all of you.
Jeff Spence Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM
I knew David and worked with him at Glendale IBM Lab during the 60s. He was considered our master
of statistics in our dept. A very good man. RIP friend.
Jim Dubil Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM
Dave was such a gentle, giving soul. I didn't know him in his younger days, but he surely must have been a special sort of athlete--tenacious I would guess. I knew him as an avid supporter of the running and cycling communities and both of these sports are better because of his unfailing support and contributions.
The unofficial mayor of Ladoga Park will certainly be remembered and missed by many.
Ernie Bayles Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM