Ross Hollywood Chapel

4733 Ne Thompson St, Portland, OR


James McCoy Heck

December 29, 1955August 21, 2019

James McCoy Heck was born on December 29, 1955 and passed away on August 21, 2019.


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Mary Carr

September 5, 2019

To the Heck family I'm very sorry for your loss. I feel the loss of knowing he's here in Portland. There's so much I'll miss about him. His brutal honesty. His laugh. His knowledge of music - I never listen to Elvis Costello or Frank Zappa without thinking of him. His love of animals. His ability to always find the perfect gift. His enthusiasm through the years for my paint skills. ...I could go on and on.

I have a lot of memories of good times with Jim. One was our going to a Dead Prez concert together. Jim was wearing a polo shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes with socks. One of the hipster Portlanders asked if he actually knew anything about the group he was going to see. That was so Jim - understated. He no doubt knew as much or more than the youngsters there about the group.

Of course Chunga was a source of many funny memories as well. One year we were handing out Halloween candy and Jim had a headband/costume that was appeared to be a knife through his head. A small child came to the door and couldn't take his eyes off of Jim. In the meantime Chunga had put his head into the plastic pumpkin holding the child's candy and it was stuck.

Jim deserved more time here. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.