Timothy James Heckel

January 20, 1943December 17, 2020

Timothy James Heckel of Raleigh, NC, passed away on Dec. 17, 2020. Born in Buffalo, NY, Tim graduated from Niagara University. In college he joined the Army ROTC and volunteered to serve his country in the Vietnam conflict. Rising to the rank of Captain, Tim was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for heroism in battle. He married Ann Marie Rotunda, his devoted wife of 53 years, moved to NC in 1973 and continued a distinguished career at IBM. He and Ann raised two sons, Andrew and David. Tim was an avid fan of the arts, soccer, the NC coast and time with his family.

He is predeceased by his father, Andrew, his mother, Grace and brothers and sister Ellen, Paul and Peter.

Tim is survived by his wife Ann, sons Andrew and David, their wives Tracey and Emily, grandchildren Laura, Emmett, August, and Benjamin, his sister-in-law Janet, brother-in-law Albert DeCesare as well as nephews and niece Stephanie, Dan, Matt, Daniel and James.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Heart Association or the Carolina Ballet.

Arrangements are being made at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home. Please visit for information regarding a gather to honor and celebrate his life, which will be held at a later date.


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Austin Sanchez

December 28, 2020

Dear Anne, we may have never met but I served Tim at saints and scholars for the last 3 years prior to the pandemic in which I formed a great friendship with him. He was one of if not my favorite person to see walk through the door each day. We became instant soccer buddies once meeting, and I'd have to say my favorite memory is meeting up in Beaufort to watch the World Cup together a few summers ago. I will miss running into him here and there I will keep you and your family in my prayers. If I could say one last thing to Tim it would be thank you for all of the conversations and advice over the years and GO USA!!! (womans soccer)

William Spencer

December 27, 2020

Dear Ann, David and Andrew,
I was deeply saddened to learn today that Tim had passed away. I am glad, as well as privileged, to have the many good memories of him as a friend and as one of the people that worked for him at IBM.
He was a good as well as a fair person.
Pauline and I will keep you in our prayers during this time of sadness.

Pauline and Bill Spencer

Kim Hanelt

December 27, 2020

Andrew, Tracey, and Laura,
We are sorry for your loss of a Father, Grandfather, and Presence in your lives. Carry his memory forever with you, tucked safely within your hearts. Find Joy, Peace, and Strength in your memories.
Love to each of you - the Conncticut Cousins, Kim & Helmut Hanelt.

Scott Arneberg

December 22, 2020

Dear Ann, Andrew and David
I was sorry to here the news about Mr. Heckel. ( I always called him that). He was always wonderful to my Mom and Dad. I know he will be missed. Joanne and I will be praying for all of you. Scott