Paul Carter Heisey
Paul Carter Heisey

August 14, 1947 - September 6, 2016
Born in Hershey, PA
Resided in Cincinnati, OH

Obituary

Paul Carter Heisey, born August 14, 1947, departed this life and entered through the Gates of Heaven on September 6, 2016. His wish was to leave the hospital and come home, and he died peacefully with family at his bedside.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Donna, daughters Cari (Joe), Kim (Tom), and Kate (Jimmy), grandchildren Cole, Ginny, Kyle, Noah, Libby, Josie, James, and Annalyse, sister-in-law Mary Pat Davis, brothers-in-law James (Gail) and Jeff (Karen), brother Greg, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Carter was born and raised in Hershey, PA to the late Paul and Helen Heisey. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Jinny and grandson Nate. He graduated from Hershey High School, enlisted in the United States Air Force and served at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. He began his career in computer programming at Allis-Chalmers in 1972. When the plant closed in 1998, he joined the team at Winegardner & Hammonds and retired from there in January 2015. Carter had a special passion for cars that began in childhood at his grandfather's ESSO station in Hummelstown, PA. He especially liked classic cars and spent a lot of time preserving his 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass, showing it in many shows throughout the years. He fulfilled a dream to purchase a sports car in October 2004, and enjoyed driving his Corvette convertible (but only in good weather). Carter joined the parish at St. Vincent Ferrer in 1998 and sang in the choir there, and attended as many of his grandchildren's sports games, performances, and school events as his health would allow.

His diagnosis of lymphoma in May 2006 encouraged him to fight valiantly against the cancer, and this was tested with the onset of leukemia four years later. He surrendered himself to the treatments, medications, and procedures to extend his life, receiving a bone marrow transplant from a selfless anonymous donor in April 2011. In June of this year, his leukemia returned with a vengeance, but Carter gave the fight all that he had to give. His last few days at home were spent with friends and family surrounding him, going outside to spend time in the backyard, watching the birds at the feeder outside his window, drinking a small amount of coffee with his sons-in-law, and eating a bite of apple pie made by his grandson. Carter was always willing to help his daughters with a home or car project, and generously gave his time to his family.

Still waters run deep; when he spoke, his words were meaningful, and his sense of humor continued with his one-liners up until the day before his death.

Visitation hours will be Friday, September 9, 5:00-7:00 PM at Gilligan Funeral Home, 8225 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236. His funeral Mass will be held at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 7754 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236 on Saturday, September 10 at 11:00 AM (Father Jerome Bishop, celebrant).

Donations may be made in his honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate, or to Angel's Rest Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 152, New Richmond, OH 45157.

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Visitation
Gilligan Funeral Home, Kenwood
8225 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH US 45236
Friday, September 9, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Vincent Ferrer Church
7754 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH US 45236
Saturday, September 10, 2016
11:00 AM