OBITUARY

Lawrence John Heldman

February 10, 1932April 23, 2018
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Professor Lawrence John Heldman, EdD, "Gladly he did learn, and gladly teach."

Larry was born Feb. 10, 1932, to Arthur Charles and Mary Patterson Heldman in Yonkers and was the eldest of their five children.

He attended Yonkers schools and graduated from Cortland State Teachers College (SUNY Cortland) in 1953.

He served his country in the Army's 516th Signal Corps during the Korean War. He was awarded the medal of Military Merit.

In 1957, Larry married Nancy Shanahan in their neighborhood church, Bryn Mawr Park Presbyterian, in Yonkers.

After he received his doctorate at Columbia University, and served Ossining public schools as teacher, supervisor, and principal, the Heldman family of five moved to Oneonta in 1967. Here, Larry became a full professor and executive secretary of the Catskill Area School Study Council at SUNY Oneonta. Larry and Nancy enjoyed wonderful years with their beloved children Di, Jim, and Chris, that included skiing, camping, traveling and hosting foreign students.

Larry was active in community affairs as a youth soccer coach, 50-year member and past president of Rotary International, board member of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and Family Services, Fox Hospital volunteer, and deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Nancy and Larry continued their travels in retirement, circumnavigating the globe twice, and visiting more than 100 countries.

He enjoyed gardening and woodworking and produced hundreds of wooden Christmas ornaments to send as cards for 40 years.

Larry died suddenly at his home April 23, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years; and children, Dianna, James and Sonya and their daughters, Sonya Elena, and Greta, Christopher and Karem and their sons, Alexander and Nicholas; also his sisters, Susan White and Judith Conrad; his brother, the Rev. Arthur Heldman and their families, Including a special nephew, David Anderson. He was predeceased by his sister, Thelma Anderson; and brothers-in-law, Allan Anderson and Lawrence Conrad.

Calling hours will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 27, at the Lester R Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry's name may be made to Catskill Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 14, Oneonta, NY 13820, or the Lawrence J. Heldman Arts Endowment, College at Oneonta Foundation, 308 Netzer Administration Bld., Oneonta NY 13820, or online at Oneonta.edu/give. Check other and write in Lawrence J. Heldman Arts Endowment.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years; and children, Dianna, James and Sonya and their daughters, Sonya Elena, and Greta, Christopher and Karem and their sons, Alexander and Nicholas; also his sisters, Susan White and Judith Conrad; his brother, the Rev. Arthur Heldman and their families, Including a special nephew, David Anderson. He was predeceased by his sister, Thelma Anderson; and brothers-in-law, Allan Anderson and Lawrence Conrad.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Lawrence John Heldman

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Jacqueline DiCenso

September 16, 2018

Nancy and Family
I was so heartbroken to read that Dr. Heldman has passed. I know that you know that I am still honored every Christmas when I hang my beautiful collection of wooden ornaments on our tree. And it really is a ritual- my family knows that they are the last to be hung, and by me. ❤️ So many warm memories of your family flood my brain and my heart. You really were my family those first few years on my own and I will always be thankful. Perhaps my favorite memory is of the year I spent Christmas at your home, and Dr. Heldman included me on his shopping list during his last minute shopping ritual on December 24th (probably 1985 or 86). I was beyond thrilled to receive a massive plastic sled, fully wrapped in the comic section, from the pile of gifts under the tree. I will never ever forget him. Love to all. Jackie Sims DiCenso

Scott and Eileen Daley

April 27, 2018

"Thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity." It seems appropriate to solute Larry with a quote from William Shakespeare. He was an inspirational leader of the Heldman family that grew so close to the Daley family. As a kid, he was our coach and driver…generously taking groups of us ‘kids’ on trips in the Heldman van that included drive-in movies and to ski at Mount Snow in Vermont. As we grew up, our respect for his wealth of knowledge and experience also grew. He was a friend and became the best friend of my Father when he needed one most. Today our thoughts are with Nancy, Di, Jim, Chris and families and our memories are with Larry, and all of you. Larry will live on in all of us.

Nick Barberio

April 26, 2018

The Heldman's have always been like family. We raised our children together, we worked together. We traveled to Europe together, shared countless great times. Backyard picnics, hosted by Larry and Nancy. Larry will be missed by everyone fortunate to have known him. A wonderful person in every way possible. Sincere condolences to his entire family. He will be missed each and every day!

Nancy Kleniewski

April 26, 2018

Dear Nancy and family,
I was saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. He contributed so much to SUNY Oneonta, to the profession of teaching, and to the community. Although I am unable to join you for the services, please know that I am thinking about you at this sad time.
Nancy Kleniewski

Maggie Barnes

April 25, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Larry's passing. We logged a lot of hours together in Rotary and he was a joy to spend time with. Such a graceful man, with a sharp mind and a great sense of humor. From pancake breakfasts to freezing our rear ends off in the park for the Fourth of July - Larry made everything fun and interesting. I know his family is grieving, but I hope they also rejoice in the certain knowledge that they will be reunited with Larry in that place of no tears. I'm betting he is telling the Lord a great story right now! Rest in peace and joy, my friend.

Mario R. Arévalo

April 25, 2018

I met Larry at our local Rotary Club when we both participated in our District's Youth Exchange Program. Larry was a gentle, compassioned, intelligent, kind, and true friend. We could sit and talk for hours about places and idiosyncrasies around the world. His knowledge of humanity was immeasurable. One could never have a straight face with Larry, for he was always cheering up his friends! Rest in peace my friend...

John O. Lindell

April 25, 2018

My deepest condolences to Nancy and the family. Larry was an extraordinarily fine person - humane, intelligent and a wonderful organizer. I am sorry to learn of his passing.

Chad Smith

April 25, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I truly enjoyed Larry's company at all of our Rotary meetings and his very funny dry sense of humor. He always had such interesting stories of where he had traveled to throughout the world. I would try and hang onto every detail and learn about all the fascinating places he had been. He will truly be missed and was a big part of our Rotary family.

Ruth Klee

April 25, 2018

Third time!! We want to let you know we were very sad to hear of Uncle Larry's death but pleased to hear about his full life and achievements. We give our best wishes to all of you- Aunt Nancy, Dianne, Jim, Chris and families.
Love,
Ruth and Drew Klee
Sorry I have tried to attach a photo but no luck!!

FROM THE FAMILY