William (Butch) Heiden

Greenfield, Mass. — William (Butch) Heiden, 65, of Pond St passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family members who remember his story and positive attitude throughout his illness.

Butch was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 25, 1948, the son of William W. and Beatrice (Bancroft) Heiden. He met his future wife at Holliston High School and both graduated in 1966.

He joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged in Oct of 1970. He severed upon two Destroyers and a Cruiser and was stationed in Norfolk, Va. Butch is a 1975 graduate of UMASS Amherst with a degree in Marketing.

He had a 30 year career with Hunt-Wesson foods. He retired in 2005 to do his first love of home improvements and handyman work. His accomplishments can be seen throughout Franklin and Hampshire County. He loved his buddies at the Elks and was in the Pitch and Golf league there until just a few weeks ago.

Butch had a great love of family and leaves behind survivors including his wife, Carolyn (Raymond) Heiden of 45 years; his children, Bill Jr. and his wife, Nicole (Belhumeur) Heiden of Bloomfield, Conn., his daughter, Sheri (Heiden) Eldridge and her husband, Tom of Weymouth, Mass., Michael and his wife, Melissa (Hancock) Heiden of Guilford, Vt. He also leaves his sister, Karen (Walker) Holmes and life partner, Steve of Uxbridge, Mass.; and eight grandchildren. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law, Jean Raymond of Grantham, N.H. whom he loved dearly.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, Silver St., Greenfield. Burial will follow at Green River Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 42 Silver St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.