Obituary for Alfred J. Heilman, Esq.
Heilman, Alfred J. , Esq.
Greece: On January 30, 2018, at age 82, after a brief struggle with cancer, devastating his family and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Alfred A. Heilman and Rosaleen Heilman, and sister-in-law Jean A. Carol. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Heilman, daughters Shannon Heilman (Dominic Lazara) and Katie Heilman (Bruce Kaplan), grandsons Andrew and Aaron Lazara, sister Marie McGill, niece Joanne Johnson (Alan), nephews Robert McGill (Lisa), Thomas McGill (Patricia), and brother-in-law Robert Carol (Sakila Gautam).
A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, NY, Syracuse University, where he became Commander (president) of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and Syracuse College of Law, he was a sole practitioner in Rochester, NY, for most of his legal career, working with associates who became fast friends. A member of the New York State Bar, he was a passionate advocate for his clients throughout his career, and semi-retired as an attorney at 80.
As a returning student, Al earned a masters degree in history from SUNY Brockport and afterward enjoyed auditing classes there. Previously, he was active in the Chili Democratic Party and served as Town of Chili Deputy Attorney and then Town Attorney.
Al served in the military as a young man, and while stationed in Germany had the opportunity to see much of Europe. Throughout his life he enjoyed golf, Saturdays at the race track, and travel. Even while undergoing dialysis in his later years, Al was an enthusiastic traveler, treasuring the beach at Hollywood Sands Resort in Hollywood, FL, braving the icy waves at Cape Cod, MA, touring the Southwest, and visiting ports of call on an Alaska cruise, where he flew in a pontoon aircraft. He vacationed in Hawaii twice: first to Oahu, where he climbed Diamond Head, was submerged in a Submarine, flew in a helicopter, and visited Pearl Harbor. On a second trip, he went to Maui and experienced the sunset on Haleakula Volcano and toured the Road to Hana.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, February 17th, at 10:30 am at St. Christopher’s Church, 3350 Union Street, North Chili, NY 14514. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to St. Christopher’s Church or the Open Door Mission, 156 Plymouth Ave. N, Rochester, NY 14608. Privately buried at White Haven Memorial Park