Robert Heffernan

November 27, 1930March 7, 2019

Robert J. Heffernan, 88, passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a short illness on March 7, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Doris and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

He was born in Newport, RI to the late William and Iva Heffernan. He attended the University of Rhode Island for three years and then left to enlist in the army. After serving during the Korean War, Bob completed his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He worked as a mechanical and chemical engineer at NUWC for many years and was granted several patents during that time.

In his youth he went to Yankees games with his family and had fond memories of riding the train, talking to Joe DiMaggio and meeting other baseball greats. He played center field for his Rogers High School baseball team, and was a lifetime baseball fan. Bob’s greatest joys were his family and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He also enjoyed reading about a wide range of topics, his discussion groups, crossword puzzles, concerts, and travel.

He was the cherished father of Lynn (Frank) Criner and Lisa Heffernan, and grandfather of Brandon, Allyson and Evan. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Watterson and his brother, William Heffernan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, HopeHealth RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. Arrangements will be private through Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home, 615 Main St., Warren, RI 02885. For tributes/condolences,


  • Passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019

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Genny Croll

March 18, 2019

Dear Doris, Lynn, Frank, and Lisa, We are sorry to hear of the passing of Bob, we have many fond memories of lively conversations at the"Discussion Group". Bob 's inquiring mind always came up with interesting questions and contributed to the chosen topic. We all miss those times. Now he will have all the answers!!

Fondly, Bill and Genny Croll