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2001, June 15, Friday
John R. Heffernan, 80
John R. Heffernan of East Derry and Leesburg, Fla., died Friday, June 15. He was born in Amesbury, Mass., Aug. 1, 1921, the son of Margaret and Frank Heffernan.
Known as Buddy to his many friends, he graduated from Haverhill High School and joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served his country as a staff sergeant stationed in Germany, and ran the base officers club where he met Herta "Kitty" Weller, a renowned ballerina. He and Kitty were married in 1948 and returned to the United States, settling in Haverhill, Mass. They moved to East Derry in 1957, where they remained until 1999. Buddy brought his officers club experience to local restaurant management throughout New England, and was especially well known at the Colonial Club in Lynfield, Mass. He and Kitty raised four children: Tina Bruno of Northport, N.Y., Heidi and Shawn of Kingston and Tammy Marini of Nashua. He is survived by his wife, Kitty, his children, and his grandchildren, Jordan and Sarah.
A member of the Derry American Legion, Buddy achieved some national and local renown when it was revealed a few years ago that he was the basis for and inspiration of the well-known comic character "Archie." Archie's creator, Bob Montana, was Buddy's classmate in Haverhill High and after the War, Montana created the comic basing all the characters and situations in his comic strip on his classmates and incidents they experienced throughout their high school careers. Typically Buddy, Archie was both the class cut-up and heartthrob.
Arrangements: A memorial remembrance will be held Tuesday, July 10 from 4 to 7p.m. at the Derry American Legion, Post #9, 13-1/2 Broadway, Derry. All Buddy's many friends are invited.
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