It is with deep sadness that we announce that George James (Jim) Heller Jr., 77, son of the late Gertrude (Kilduff) and George Heller, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in New Britain, while in the loving care of his wife, Carol (Oliver) Heller, and grandson, Robert Garofalo.
Born and raised in New Britain, Jim attended New Britain High School, began his working life as a young man. He worked for many years as a mechanic for North & Judd, as an inspector and supervisor for Eastern National Enterprises and later as a skilled machinist for Day Screw Machine Co.
Jim was known to be willing to help anyone, and possessed an incredible gift of mechanical skill and attention to detail. Besides his ability to seemingly fix anything, he had a rich sense of humor, a strong work ethic and an immeasurable love of his family.
Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol Heller; their five children, Michael Heller, Kim Heller, Susan (Heller) Brigandi, Cheryl (Heller) Fliss and Sandy (Heller) Roski; his 11 grandchildren, Zachary and Abigail Heller, Robert Garofalo, Olivia Battistini, Nathan and Sarah Brigandi, Alexia, Justin and Aiden Fliss, Donnie and Emma Roski; his brother, Bruce Heller; and his sister, Margaret Ungiechajer.
Jim was predeceased by his brothers, Paul and Donald, and his sisters, Eleanor, Maureen and Marilyn.
Jim requested that no services be held following his passing. Although he was far too humble to ask for it, honor the memory of the man who you called Jimmy, Dad, Gramps or Pa. Remember the man who likely fixed your car, worked on your home, lent you a hand, made you laugh, told you he loved you and likely cried when he said it.
Remember the goofball that didn’t mind making himself look foolish, planted impeccable gardens and embarrassed his kids with that aooga horn. Listen to stories shared about his life and laugh out loud with whomever you call family and friends.
The family would like to thank the caring individuals at Connecticare Hospice at home, who provided guidance and comfort him during the final days and hours, and the nurses, doctors and caregivers at Avery Heights.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Jim’s memory is encouraged to donate to the American Lung Association or the charity of their choice.