Bradley John Heinzen
April 17, 1947 – April 11, 2018
Bradley John Heinzen, a resident of Jamestown passed away on Wednesday April 11, 2018, at Kindred Hospital. He was born in Green Bay, WI the son of the late Robert and Julia Heinzen. Brad attended The Ohio State University where he obtained a degree in Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1970. He began his career as an architect in New York City for PPG. One of his proudest accomplishments in that role was his involvement in the design of an extension of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He later went on to be a construction project manager in Charlotte NC, Columbia SC, and Greensboro NC. He used his architectural and construction skills to design and build five houses over the years for his family, including two houses in Greensboro and Jamestown where he resided for the past 30 years. He also enjoyed watching football, basketball and golf. Most weekends would be found in his office watching the Buckeyes, Packers, or Tar Heels, or grilling bratwurst on the back patio. He had a remarkable wit and ability to make friends with everyone he met and took great joy in helping and supporting his family and friends. As all his friends would attest to, he was a proud father and “Papa” to his two daughters and three grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Stein Heinzen of the home; two daughters, Jennifer Heinzen York and husband Darren of Marietta, GA, and Erin Heinzen Cox and husband Bryan of Montebello, NY; one sister, Candy Heinzen Batten and husband Len of Australia; one brother, Dewayne Heinzen and wife Terri of Russellville, AR; three grandchildren, Andrew Cox, Alder York and Lauren Cox; eight nephews and three nieces. There will be a Gathering of Friends and Family from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Mary Perry Ragsdale Family YMCA 900 Bonner Dr, Jamestown, NC 27282 or the National Kidney Foundation (https://www.kidney.org).
- Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, April 15, 2018
Bradley John Heinzen
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April 18, 2018
It’s not possible to capture the arc of a 50 year friendship in a single memorial statement. Tough to imagine that a Wisconsin born Packer fan and a Michigan born Lions fan could befriend each other – especially because his team was inferior. He was too stubborn to admit it and that was a continuing source of the needling that permeated our relationship throughout. Such stubbornness was also one of his classic traits.
We experienced so many wonderful events together that they’re impossible to catalogue. We watched Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon together; spent many Saturday mornings watching George of the Jungle cartoons at Don’s Bar in Columbus; shared the angst of the second Selective Service draft lottery drawing that he survived with a 253 number (also at Don’s, March, 1970); spent New Year’s eve in Times Square; visited his Mom and Dad in Russellville in a barely completed house for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner (1971); nearly got arrested for sleeping in my Volkswagen camper in a parking lot near the Toronto City Hall. There are so many more, and I’m only at 1972!
I was honored to participate in Brad’s wedding to Charlotte (1973). Best choice he ever made – not me, her! Wow, what a wonderful Wife and Mother she is!
As we aged our families engaged and shared many enjoyable events – frankly, too many to list but three that stand out. First, in 1989 we (Irene, Charlotte, Brad and I) shared a trip to Amsterdam and other cities in Europe. What a wonderful ‘free-form’ experience. We had no specific itinerary but despite that we stumbled upon some remarkable opportunities. Primary among them was the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery – northeast of Paris. https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/aisne-marne-american-cemetery#.WteL44jwaUk. Who knew? Incredibly moving.
Out of space to continue. But there's much more. Brad was our friend and we will remain true Charlotte and his girls. Godspeed good friend.
April 18, 2018
So sorry to hear about Brad. He would alway be in the pool when we took our classes and alway so very kind He will be missed.
Cindy & Kevin Connell
April 18, 2018
We have so many happy & wonderful memories of Brad-mostly involving parties! Gatherings at the cabin, at Jerry & Dottie's, at Luigi's and at your home, just to name a few. Brad will be deeply missed and our thoughts & prayers are with you, Charlotte, and with your family.
April 16, 2018
Charlotte and family it is with a heavy heart that I received the news. Brad was my brother in Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and the best man in my wedding and I have so many good memories. I thought of him whenever the Buckeyes were playing and frequently called after the games. Dodi and I will miss you Brad We share your pride in your daughters and amazing family . Thanks for the memories.
April 15, 2018
Brad was a great person to many people! A truly wholesome person who brings a smile to every memory. We will miss you.
April 14, 2018
Very sad to read the terrible news.
I will never forget those over six months where I was part of your family.
I can remember many things you told me Brad, it's like it was yesterday but it's already 30 years old!
We had the opportunity to share further more time after in France and in London.
Effectively, I know how much you liked to watch sport and how you took great care of your family.
You did all to derserve to be a proud father and “Papa”.
In my turn, I was so proud too that you came to my Wedding in France.
We miss you, we will never forget you.
Now all my love and special attention to all the Heinzens and friends.
So Sorry, I won't be able to be present with you all for this difficult moment.
All my family is sending you worm thinking.
Sandrine, Ludovic, Scott end Lisa
April 14, 2018
Remembering many visits to our homes in Poynette and Sobieski. You brought Jenny who was only about a month old when our Kim was born. We will miss you, Brad. so sorry we did not come to NC this summer and that you had to cancel the visit to Sobieski in October. Love to all the family.
April 13, 2018
Several good memories of Brad: the time you came to our house and he brought his "Cheese Head" hat. Our younger son was quite taken with that - I think there was some Cheese Head envy.
Going out to dinner with Brad and Charlotte at Madison's (on Dolley Madison Road).
Jenny's wedding, and a certain hand-pat that Charlotte can attest to.
Stories via Charlotte of Brad making friends at a French wedding, even though he didn't speak any French. Apparently that didn't slow him down!
Peace and love to all the Heinzens. We will be holding you all in the Light.