Robert J. Heffernan Jr.

June 5, 1980February 27, 2018

Robert J. Heffernan Jr., 37, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at home in Oneonta, due to complications from a long-term seizure disorder.

He was born on June 5, 1980 in Oneonta, the son of Robert J. and Nancy (Johns) Heffernan.

He graduated from Franklin Central School in June of 1999.

Robert was employed for a while as a facilities staff member at Hartwick College.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy L. Heffernan of Oneonta; his sister, Kate Heffernan; his two special nephew and niece, Darren and Dayana Rose, whom he loved deeply. He enjoyed being a regular attendee at Darren’s sport and school events, shooting baskets, playing on the trampoline and just sharing time with him. He also loved that he was the assistant babysitter for his niece and said “she was the best birthday present ever.” He also liked sending text updates on her activities to his sister.

He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his dogs, Max and Heidi.

Thanks to David Scaccia for being such a good friend and lunch buddy.

Robert was predeceased by his father, Robert Heffernan; his grandparents, Robert and Joan Johns, and Harry and Florence Heffernan; and an uncle, Robert Johns.

A gathering to celebrate Robert’s life will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory are asked to be made to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 New York 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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


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Robert J. Heffernan Jr.

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Charlie Pierce

March 23, 2018

Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Robert. The grief is so hard to deal with but I want you to know my thoughts are with you during these hard times...and beyond. Never knew your maiden name is Johns. Are you related to the Johns family in Treadwell? I'm guessing you are. The tall man who delivered milk products helped my family when we had financial problems after losing our sawmill business and my having major surgery. He is such a good man! Try to focus on the time you had with Robert. I'm pretty sure he would want you to smile when thinking about him. Charlie Pierce

Debbie Davis

March 5, 2018

There isn't a day that goes by and I think of Bobby. He was a student that changed me and my perspective on teaching. He changed my life as well as enhanced it. He was helpful, kind and understanding to all people. I admired his hard work and willingness to help everyone. I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My mom and I were just talking about some BOCES memories and of course we talked about Bobby. This is difficult to write due to the fact that I wish I could help you find comfort, but know that there are no words that can bring you that comfort. He was an important person in my life, and proud to be his teacher. Thank you for sharing him with me.