Thomas E. “Tommy” Heffers, 82, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away September 10, 2023 in his sleep at Highland Manor Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Anita Heffers, on June 7, 2019.
Born on November 7, 1940 in Pittston, he was the son of John and Mary Heffers. Thomas was an avid baseball fan rooting for his New York Mets. He spent his free time when he was in good health coaching Little League Baseball in Forty-Fort. He loved his teams often giving all his players nicknames. Thomas also loved football and watching the New York Giants and Notre Dame Football. He also helped coach mini football with the Forty-Fort Flyers.
His greatest joy was his grandchildren. He loved going to their events, often standing next to Anita watching Little League, softball, basketball, mini football, and soccer games. He would find time at family events to play catch, wiffle ball, or play war card games. As they got older, he would like to talk to them about what was going on in their lives.
In recent years, Thomas was a member of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick attending the annual dinner with his brother Joe and his family. One of his proudest moments was seeing his brother receive the Man of the Year award at the dinner.
Thomas worked for many companies over his life retiring from Kraft. Thomas also served in the United States Army.
Thomas is survived by his brother Joseph (Kate) Heffers, son Thomas (Julie) Heffers, daughters; Michele (Bob) Ryman, and Lynn Heffers. He has five grandchildren; TJ (Audrey), Eric, Dillan, Aly, and Josh. He also has a great grandchild; Anna, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters and brother, Maureen, Shelia, and John “Jackie”.
The family would like to thank Highland Manor and Compassionate Care Hospice staff for their care.
Relatives and friends may call Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.