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HECKBERT, HARRY McLEAN ("MAC") - The death of Mac Heckbert occurred on August 24, 2005 at Ridgewood Veteran's Wing, Saint John, N.B. Mac was born in 1922 in Chatham, N.B., and the son of the late Frederick and Eva (McLean) Heckbert. He spent his early years in Chatham, and then served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1939-1945, enlisting in the 28th Field Battery. He served in action in Britain and Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. He worked with the Unemployment Insurance Commission in Newcastle and Woodstock for 18 years, and then moved to Saint John in 1964, working there as Executive-Director of the N.B. Workers' Compensation Board until his retirement in 1981. He was Past Master and Life Member of the Miramichi Masonic Lodge. Mac was a Past Provincial President of the New Brunswick Royal Canadian Legion and was very active in the Legion's affairs at branch, provincial and dominion levels. Mac enjoyed researching his family roots, and was a Charter Member of the Saint John Branch N.B. Genealogical Society. He served on the Board of Governors of the NB/PEI Canadian Corps of Commissionaires since 1966 and was on the Board of Directors of New Lease Inc. He was a proud member of the Byng Boys as well as a Life Member of the Lancaster Golden Service Club. Mac co-authored "The Fighting 26th", a military historical book published in 1994. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for making a significant contribution to his fellow citizens. Mac is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Dunnet); daughters Carole McCracken and Jane Sanford (John); grandchildren Aaron McCracken, Jacob Sanford and Jennie Sanford; his brother Frederick (Verna) Heckbert; and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother Sydney Heckbert, sisters Catherine Smith and Phyllis Butler, and son-in-law Stephen McCracken. Mac will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and his many friends. Resting at Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John (646-2424). There will be no funeral service, but visitation will take place on Friday, August 26th, from 2-5 pm. Interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Chatham (Miramichi) on Saturday, August 27th, at 2:00 pm. Following interment, friends are invited to meet the family at the Lakeview Inn, 333 King George Hwy. Newcastle (Miramichi) from 3-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the charity of the donor's choice. www.fundyfuneralhome.com




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