LITTLE FALLS, N.J. — John Joseph Heese of Little Falls and New York City died suddenly Nov. 16 after an extended battle with depression. He was 56 years old.
A Christmas gift to his family, John was born December 25, 1960 in Paterson. He attended St. Philip the Apostle School in Clifton, and Beatrice Gilmore School in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson).
A 1979 graduate of Passaic Valley Regional High school in Little Falls, John went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Communications from William Paterson University in 1985. He was employed by the Hearst Corporation and Conde Nast publications, and as a Senior Promotion Production Manager for GQ magazine. John went on to work as a freelance promotion production manager, beginning in 2006.
He found pleasure in gourmet cooking and fine dining, great literature, intelligent dialogue and his love of the theatre. He was one of the original fans of Bruce Springsteen, when he performed in local venues in Asbury Park. John spent many memorable weekends and summers with friends on Fire Island. He is remembered by his many friends for his sense of humor, willingness to help and his kind and gentle spirit.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or a charity which supports mental health services.
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