November 22, 2016
John J. Heck, 62, of Sugarloaf Township went with the Lord on Tuesday.
He was a devout Roman Catholic and a member of St. John Bosco Church in Conyngham.
He was born Oct. 4, 1954, in Hazleton, to the late Marvin and Elizabeth “Betty” (Fallon) Heck. In addition to his mother and father, John is now reunited with his brothers, Marvin “Spike,” Gerald and William Heck.
While growing up in Levittown, John wrestled and played on various baseball teams that were coached by his father.
He was a hard worker throughout his entire life. He worked for Fiore’s Refuse and was a school bus driver in the Hazleton Area School District. John became a successful entrepreneur. For more than 30 years, he was the proud owner and operator of All Phaze Construction, Roofing and Supply Co., Hazleton. His love for the beach led him to operate food trucks in Daytona Beach, Fla., also.
John had an adventurous spirit and a love of life. He was well known for his sense of humor. Some of his happiest moments were spent traveling with his family, and his dog, Cotton, telling stories to his grandchildren and “catching a good wave.”
He was an extraordinary father, grandfather, brother and uncle, and adored his family and they all adored him.
Surviving are his beloved children, Kristin Shafer and husband, Bruce, Hazleton; William “Billy” Heck, Hazleton; and Candace Heck and fiancé, Thomas Silva Jr., Hazleton; grandchildren, Brandon Heck, Cole Shafer, Taylor Heck, Juliana Silva, Braylon Silva and Fallyn Shafer; a sister, Cindy and husband, Paul Matisak, Jeanesville; nieces and a nephew, Stacey Heck, Nicole Matisak, Megan Matisak and Guy Coxe; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hilary J. Bonin Funeral Home, 99 W. Green St., West Hazleton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. John Bosco Church, Conyngham.
Interment will follow in the Jeanesville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.