OBITUARY

Thomas Frederic Heim

March 6, 1962January 27, 2019

Thomas F. Heim, 56, of Midlothian, VA passed away unexpectedly on January 27th, 2019. He was the husband of Amy Dickerson Heim; they shared 31 years of marriage together.

Born in Sunnyvale, CA, he was the son of the late Celia S. Heim and Frederic A. Heim, Jr. He graduated from Randolph Macon College in 1984. He was employed by Palmer & Cay, HRH, RCM&D, BB&T, and most recently USI, where he worked in risk management.

Tom was a member of Salisbury Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed bringing laughter to everyone around him and will be remembered for his wonderful heart and sense of humor.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughters Katie Anderson (Sean) and Emily Heim; his brother James (Maggie); his sisters Kristen and Tammy Heim; his brother-in-law Earl Dickerson (Mary); his niece and nephews, and his father Frederic Heim and stepmother Janet Heim. He was predeceased in death by his mother, Celia Heim.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, at 11am at Salisbury Presbyterian Church (13621 Salisbury Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113). Visitation will be held from 9:30 am to the time of the service, with an onsite reception following.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Feedmore Food Bank (give.feedmore.org) or to Salisbury Presbyterian Church.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Thomas Frederic Heim

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Sandy Johnson

February 3, 2019

I was so fortunate to watch Tom grow up as a friend of my son, Scott, and become such a fine man. And what a delight when he and my dear, sweet friend Amy fell in love and were married. Blessings and comfort to Amy and their daughters and family. The memories of all those times are precious.

Tripp Craig

February 2, 2019

I’m so very sorry to learn of this news. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family. I met Tom years ago in the insurance business. He was a good man and a good insurance man, professional and always did the right thing for his clients. I always enjoyed Tom’s sense of humor and ability to not take himself too seriously.

Tripp Craig

Sue (Ramsey) Davenport

January 31, 2019

I met Tom in Government class our senior year. It was first period and Tom sat behind me. It was a recipe for disaster. He found out early that I was one of those “jumpy” people when startled. Every time we had a movie in class, and frequently when we didn’t, he would reach forward and poke me in the sides. I would scream and jump high enough to lift my desk off the floor. I spent most of my senior year with bruises on my thighs from the edge of my desk.

One night, at a school play cast party, Tom brought me a beer, which should’ve been really sweet, but when he opened it for me, the foam started rising out of the top very quickly. We were standing in the middle of the room, no way to stop the overflow. Not knowing what else to do, I bent over and put the whole bottle top in my mouth, swallowing foam until it FINALLY died down. Tom never, ever let me live it down – when we met up again almost 40 years later, he was still teasing me about it.

I lived around the corner from Scott Johnson, so I saw quite a bit of them both. We spent so many evenings hanging out, it’s hard to pin down any particular time or event. Hanging out at my house, or Scott’s; “surfing” on the coffee table to the Beach Boys on the 4th of July at Scott’s; Tom always trying to get the keys to the Karmann Ghia. I had a thing for a particular Smurf, I no longer remember which one, but all the Hallmark stores in town were out of them. Tom somehow got hold of one and surprised me with it. One afternoon, I found Tom sitting at Scott's kitchen table, falling in love with Scott’s mom’s co-worker. I was delighted for him.

Tom was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. We lost touch during college, but found each other on Facebook years later. We met up for lunch one day, and he hadn’t changed a bit. We only saw each other again the once, but we talked online a few times a year. Tom always made me feel special, cared for, important. I only hope I did the same for him.

Kathy O’Dea Townsend

January 31, 2019

I knew Tom from West Springfield High School, where I was lucky enough to be included in his group of friends and to know his lovely family, his dad and step- mom, his brother Jim and his two and his sisters Kristen and Tammy. His parents passed on baby things to my new sister.

Those years were a great adventure. Tom was funny and smart; profound and thoughtful, quick to laugh , even at himself, and a good friend. His Karmann Ghia was the first stick shift I ever drove. I told him I knew how, and he figured it after I rolled through the second stop sign so I wouldn’t have to start from first again. He didn’t even get mad.

Tom is the kind of person that sticks with you. He makes a real impact on your life. The memories of some people lose dimension, fade like an old picture and they go quiet. But Tom is so clear and bright in my memory, I can still see him, a solid presence, a clear voice; and I hear his laugh, all these years later, like he just left. He’s definitely wearing a brew-through tee shirt, a ball cap and some of those corduroy OP shorts.

The earth is a worse place without him on it, and my deepest sympathy to his family for the devastating lost. My prayers are with you all.

Paul Macey

January 31, 2019

I met Tom about 15 years ago and had the great pleasure of sharing many evenings with him over a glass of wine. Tom was one of the good guys and I will miss our conversations.

My sincere condolences to the family at this very difficult time.

A dear friend

Kathy Englund

January 31, 2019

Amy and family, Just wanted to let you know you are in our prayers. May God surround you with his loving arms to comfort you during this time.

Kathy & Fred

Scott Johnson

January 30, 2019

I met Tom in Sept of 71 when my family moved to West Springfield. We were in Miss Anderson's fourth grade class. I had our class picture until a few years ago, darn it. Tom was in his Cub Scout uniform and I had a purple sweater vest! I remember for a Cub Scout skit or something he dressed as one side boy and one side girl! It was hilarious!
Tom and I became good friends at WHSH. We were part of the Busch Pilots along with Rich Weirsma and Harry Grundy. One day I walked into his kitchen and in those brightly-colored plastic magnetic letters everyone had on their refrigerators back then it read ,"Tammy loves Stephen Johnson." Stephen is my brother who is Tammy's age. Kristen had done it. I laughed so hard I almost cried. Tammy was embarrassed. I thought it was great.
Tom and I would eat huge amounts of the goldfish crackers his Dad kept behind the bar. One night, Tom had drank too much, uhh, diet soda, let's say, and I learned how to drive a stick while piloting us home in the Kharman Ghia. Top down, booming along Rolling Road, singing Born to Run at the top of our lungs. Ahh, the 70s!
In college, I spent a weekend with him in Ashland. As I left on the train and went by his dorm, I made sure to send about a dozen beer cans in salute down the trains toilet onto the tracks by him. I thought it was funny at the time.
One day he was screaming his little Honda up and down in front of my house, so naturally I shot at him with my pellet pistol. One of them pellets actually made a hole in the fender. Not my finest moment, but a helluva shot!
In 1985, my Mom Sandy worked at Sallie Mae with a girl named Amy. My mom thought we might hit it off, so we went out a few times. We had fun, but there were no sparks...until she met my friend Tom. My mom said she watched them fall in love at our kitchen table. I was so happy for the two of them.The rest is history.
I wish I would've stayed in contact with him more, rather than the occasional message on LinkeIn or email.

Cindy Kelley

January 30, 2019

I worked with Tom during his tenure with BB&T Insurance. I always enjoyed his outlook, perspective and positive views on life, work and the balance between the two. We could have lengthy discussions on a level that is irreplaceable and I truly miss. Tom is so well respected for his knowledge, experience and expertise as well as his love and passion for life. I am so sorry for your loss and send prayers as your Family moves forward during this difficult time. Tom is a Gem and I am grateful for the opportunity to call him Friend.

Chip and Kathy Loving

January 29, 2019

So sorry, Amy and the girls. We are praying for you and your family to find peace and comfort. Words cannot express how sad we feel for your loss. Tom was a good man and will truly be missed by all.
Chip and Kathy Loving
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Tammy Heim

January 29, 2019

There are so many memories and thoughts going through my head right now. After I got the call that you were gone, I was in shock. You will be greatly missed by all of us especially your sense of humor. I love you, Tom. I never said it enough to you growing up or when we became adults. I will always have the memories of you.....wish you were still here.......love and miss you <3 Fly high and watch over all of us especially your wife and daughters.

FROM THE FAMILY