SOUTHINGTON – Father Harold David Heinrich, age 88, of Southington, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 2, 1925, in Southington, the son of the late Richard and Clara (Yauck) Heinrich. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and Niagara University. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1956, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
His first assignment was to St. Boniface in New Haven, followed by assignments to St. Michael in Waterbury, Our Lady of Fatima in Yalesville and, from 1962-69, St. Francis Xavier in Waterbury. Father Heinrich then served as administrator of St. Maria Goretti in Wolcott. On April 19, 1990, he was named pastor of St. John the Evangelist in New Britain, where he served until his retirement on Oct. 1, 2001.
He retired to St. Lucian’s Residence in New Britain in 2013.
During his career, Father Heinrich served as chaplain of the Waterbury Fire Department, Boy Scout Troop No. 35 and Knights of Columbus in Wolcott and New Britain and, for 20 years, state chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of America. He also was a member of the Wolcott Commission on Aging.
Father Heinrich is survived by two nieces, a nephew, three cousins, three grandnieces and a grandnephew.
Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on April 22 at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial followed in St. Thomas Cemetery in Southington.
Donations may be made to: Retired Priests c/o The Archdiocese of Hartford, The Chancery, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105-3784; or to St. Lucian’s Residence, 532 Burritt St., New Britain, CT 06053.