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IN MEMORIAM: Robert Heffernan Jr., 37,

Oneonta; Succumbs To Longtime Condition

Robert Heffernan Jr.

ONEONTA – Robert J. Heffernan Jr., 37, of Oneonta, who worked on the Hartwick College facilities staff, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 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 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, 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; grandparents, Robert and Joan Johns, 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 NY 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting

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


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