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Friday, 9 November 2012

Heenan, Alfred Thompson

Private Alfred Thompson Heenan
was born in 1898.

He was the son of John Heenan and Matilda Heenan and was of Presbyterian faith.  In 1901 the family lived in house 1, Drumonaghan, Seaforde, Co. Down.  The family consisted of the 2 parents, 7 sons and 2 daughters.  There were also 2 servants in the household.

By 1911, their property was known as house 17, Drumanaglen, Seaforde.  The undermentioned school article records the property as Drumanaghan House, Clough.

Heenan was educated at the Royal School, Dungannon. A current teacher, Paul Kerr has kindly given me the following photographs:

"... Heenan playing for our 1st XV in the 1913-14 season ..."

Heenan joined the Northern Bank in 1915.  He was based in Falls branch when he enlisted into the Royal Irish Rifles as a Private.

Following demobilisation, Heenan returned home.  It is not known whether he rejoined the bank but the following magazine article indicates that he went to live in Canada.

 "... clipping from our June 1922 school magazine
relating the news of his wedding in Canada ..."
The 1911 Irish Census records Minnie Richardson (15) living with her parents at house 5, Castle Hill, Dungannon.

Alfred Heenan and Minnie Heenan had a daughter, Joan who was born on 19th July 1923.  The internet site globeandmail carries the following obitiary for Joan.


Joan passed peacefully with her family at her side in Baycrest Hospital on June 5th 2012, her 89th year.  Born Regina SK July 19 1923 to Alfred Thompson Heenan and Minnie F Heenan (nee Richardson).  Predeceased by husband Gordon, 45 years married.  Survived by son Sean (Jacqueline), daughter Jennifer (Pierre Zakarauskas), grandson Summerton and step grandchildren Andrea, Jordan and Violet, and step great granddaughter Katrina. 
An only child, Joan cherished her extended family, Canadian and UK Irish cousins and Arthur nieces and nephews.  A 'people person', Joan very much loved travel, good food, better companionship and conversation, and cherished 45 wonderful years of family and community at the cottage on the Lake of Bays.  Long time employee of Canada Packers and very active volunteer all her life, Joan was a member of UCW and board member, Humbervale Christian Outreach Foundation.  Though a non smoker, lung cancer presented three years ago.  Undaunted Joan continued to live life to the fullest, without complaint, in hospital for only her last week.  But most of all we will remember Joan as a loving and kind person; greatly missed and forever loved.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday June 13, 1 pm at Humbervale United Church, 1447 Royal York Road, ON, with reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers the Family requests donations to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.  In the spirit of giving Joan donated her body to science and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Please sign your organ donor card in her memory.

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