Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek

9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX


Timothy Dennis Heffernan

May 26, 1948June 2, 2019
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Mr. Timothy Dennis Heffernan, age 71, died Sunday, June 2, 2019, surrounded by family and friends, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston following a lengthy illness.

Known to family and friends as Tim, he is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Margaret “Meg” Ihlo Heffernan and four adult children: Jennifer Blackburn (Andy); Carrie Lamb (Scott); Catherine Mallory; and Howell Mallory (Becky).

Lovingly known as PawPaw, Tim is survived by twelve grandchildren: Clinton Blackburn (Alexandria), Derek Blackburn, Jacob Roberts, Logan Zahn, Olivia Zahn, Alexandra Zahn, Aidan Lamb, Conlan Lamb, Skyler Lamb, David Vazquez, Parker Mallory and Levi Mallory; one great-grandchild: Emery Blackburn; and one godchild: Abigail Slate. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Surviving siblings include Susan Carol Prather (William – deceased), Mary Turner (Wendell), Kevin Hale (Beth), Katherine Nancy Eckhardt (Gene), and Theodore Guy Meng.

He was predeceased by his son Timothy Dennis Heffernan, Jr.; siblings Margaret Ann Balshaw, David Patrick Heffernan, and Stephen Thomas Heffernan; nephew Michael Edward Balshaw; and parents Arthur Hydron Meng and Nancy Ann Ent Heffernan Meng.

Tim was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School and Howe High School and maintained a lifelong friendship with classmate Ronnie McCord of Indianapolis.

Tim served with pride for three years in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. Family and friends attest that the discipline and patriotism that he learned as a Marine never left him.

After military service, Tim followed the career path of his beloved father and became an expert sprinkler fitter in fire protection. The last twenty years of his career he was employed at Western States Fire Protection in Houston, serving initially as a foreman, then advancing to area manager.

Tim retired in 2005, enjoying travel, golf, fishing, grilling, John Wayne movies, and season tickets as an enthusiastic fan of the Oilers and the Texans. He also loved his puppies over the years, most recently his special Yorkie, Tuffy.

Above all, Tim is universally described by family, friends, and neighbors as generous, giving, and caring. He was best known for his love and devotion to family, taking great pleasure in making reunions, holidays, vacations, and spontaneous gatherings a series of opportunities to celebrate and nurture the special love that binds family over the years.

Funeral arrangements are being managed by Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek at 9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, Texas, 77095, where the viewing is scheduled for Friday evening, June 7th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th, at 10:00 am at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 9600 S. Gessner Road, Houston, Texas, 77071. Burial will take place at 4:00 pm that day at the Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery in Center, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation via their website at PKDCure.org.


  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Saturday, June 8, 2019


Timothy Dennis Heffernan

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Jen Ihlo

September 1, 2019

Timot – there are so many memories I want to preserve that I’m not sure where to start. So let’s start with golf! It was always an adventure – but the one that stands out is the outing when you tried to enlist my Dad as your caddy! I can’t repeat the good-natured verbal exchanges you two shared, but I’ll certainly never forget them. I loved traveling with you –family reunions; NH over New Year’s; Maine in the summer. We grilled, watched sports (football, Little League World Series), and went on a fabulous sailboat trip. We shared many serious conversations and teased constantly…. (it was teasing, right? ☺ ): telling Meg to change the locks when I left; and/or wanting to know how long I was staying as soon as I walked in the door. Yet, I know, without a doubt, you would have been the first to help out if I ever needed it because your generosity was beyond measure. Your love of family (most of all my sister, Meg), all things John Wayne, and the Marines, will always be remembered. But my favorite of all memories will be your blessings of our meals – all standing together and holding hands – and always ending with a zinger. You were one of kind, Timot! Rest in peace and know that you are loved beyond measure!

Aidan Lamb

June 13, 2019

My favorite thing about PawPaw is his joking nature and huge heart. The first time I meet you it felt so natural like you had been a grandfather all my life. I remember the first dinner we ate together joking about driving around in your Corvette, it was like laughing with a lifetime friend and not a new found family member. Your short stay with me changed my life in numerous ways, you taught me to take the wonderful sense of humor, you helped bring out in me, to the grave. You showed me how humor is love on your own death bed and I am forever grateful. I love you so much, Tim. You will always have a place in my heart.

Love, Aidan.

Alexandria Blackburn

June 10, 2019

The last two weeks have been hard and this weekend even harder. But it brought the family closer together and it would have made pawpaw happy. We all love you and miss you dearly. I am so glad that I am part of this wonderful and giving family.

Ed and Peggy Fowley

June 8, 2019

Tim will truly be missed. So wish we could have been with you to celebrate him. He was a very good kind and generous man!

Howell Mallory

June 8, 2019

Tim, we got off to a rough start together but you welcomed me into your family as if I was your own. It became obvious the more time we spent together you were a genuine giving person. You loved us and my Mom dearly. You provided a warm place for us to stay, visit and grow as a family. Your efforts never went unnoticed and you made sure of that :). I only wish I could have more time to thank you for all you gave. You will be missed greatly but never forgotten, in our hearts forever. We love you PawPaw. God speed

Frances Methvin

June 7, 2019

Tim --
From the very first time you came to a family reunion, I knew you were going to fit right in, and be a welcome and entertaining addition to the Phillips tribe.
There was always that great smile, that quick wit, that Marine can-do attitude, and that willingness to participate in whatever crazy activities that came along.
Conversations with you were never dull!
Along with all that was your gentle spirit that had grandchildren curled up and napping with their heads in your lap when they were completely worn out by all that was going on around them.
Semper Fi, my cousin. RIP! You will be missed!

Sky Lamb

June 7, 2019

hi Papa I will miss you a lot and talking about football and basketball. I will always Remember of you as a nice, caring, and kind Man you were. I loved when y’all would come to Asheville or we go to Texas. I love you soooo much
Love, sky

Jim Heffernan

June 7, 2019

I'm so sorry that we can't be with you to celebrate the life of Tim. He has been such a positive force for so many of us. Just know that we are with you in our hearts. Our prayers are with you and the rest of our family.

May he rest in peace,

Jim and Helen

Andy Blackburn

June 7, 2019

A memory I would like to share is a of a hunting trip
it was mid October and I'm guessing 30 years ago;
Tim, Dan Crocket and I loaded my old Suburban and headed to Davy Crockett National Forest for a weekend of squirrel hunting, sleeping under the stars and living off the land. Being the hunter-woodsmen that we were we didn't need many supplies, we brought along one package of hot dogs, one can of chili, one bag of chips, just in case of emergency. LOL Oh, and of course a case of beer, you don't want to get thirsty. We drove to the middle of the forest set up camp, proceeded to relax and enjoy the woods. The weather was good and we had the forest to ourselves. I was A great time. Well by the end of the weekend we managed to get lost in the woods, not once but twice, during which time one of us, I don't remember who, did shoot a squirrel, Bonus, since the hot dogs and chips were long gone. We cleaned and cooked it over an open pine fire, not ideal wood for smoking meat but we survived. I remember leaving the woods hungry, thirsty but with a sense of bonding I never forgot. It was one of my favorite hunts, one Dan and I joke about to this day

I will miss you Tim,
Thank you for trusting me with Jennifer, I wont let you down

Alexandra & Olivia Zahn

June 7, 2019

Dear Papaw,
We feel so blessed to be able to have had you in our lives. Thank you for your unconditional love, compassion and generosity.
We are so grateful that we got to know you this past year. Each day we are thankful that you are our grandfather!
We will miss you and always love you!
xoxo, Olivia and Peeps ❤️