January 8, 1945 ~ April 4, 2021

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Hilton, NY

William E. Heinrich


Hilton:  Sunday, April 4, 2021 at age 76.  Predeceased by his parents, George and Pearl Heinrich; uncle, Ray Sykes; aunt, Margaret Sykes, aunt, Phyllis Caves.  Survived by his wife, Bessie Heinrich; daughter, Deborah (Al Micchia) Ranieri; grandson, John (Katie) Ranieri Jr.; great-granddaughter, Ellie Bee Ranieri; siblings, Darlene Heinrich, Paul (Kathy) Heinrich and Margaret (Dan) Milner; sister-in-law, Lorie (Randy) Cook; many nieces, nephews & cousins; dear friends.

Bill was a proud veteran of the United States Navy.  He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20.  He enjoyed fishing and working on his lake side home.  He was a recumbent bicycle rider, and rode around three of the great lakes and followed the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier Route.  He enjoyed telling jokes and was a professional napper. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Bill’s visitation will be held Thursday, April 8th 4-8 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road.   His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, April 9th 11:00 AM at St. Leo’s Church 110 Old Hojack Lane Hilton NY. Livestreaming will be available through https://www.facebook.com/Meesonfamily/  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 PO Box 12580 Rochester, NY 14612  or Lap Robes for Veterans 73 Stanton Street, Rochester, NY 14611 in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com


Visitation: April 8, 2021 4:00 pm - April 8, 2021 8:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: April 9, 2021 11:00 am

St. Leo's Church
110 Old Hojack Lane
Hilton , NY 14468

Burial: April 9, 2021 12:00 pm

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in William E. Heinrich 's name.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20

PO Box 12580
Rochester, NY 14612,

Lap Robes for Veterans

73 Stanton St
Rochester, NY 14611,

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  1. Hugs, Bess. Bill will always be one of my most favorite neighbors. He always busted my chops and made me smile. He will be missed so much on West Beach <3

  2. Bill is and will always be with us in our HEARTS and SPIRITS. One of the BEST story tellers of all time. It always started with the words TRUE STORY and then you know to get ready to Laugh out LOUD Thanks Bill and Bless you Bess for all you have been through.

  3. I only got to know BASSNBILL in recent years when he volunteered at R Community Bikes. Bill would take an old bike and spend quite a while lovingly restoring it to near-new condition. No halfway doll-up from him. Bill didn’t do anything halfway. He once grabbed the shop vac to clean up a small area of the workshop; then, he vacuumed the entire workshop, the storage area and both the front and the side sidewalks. No small task and it hasn’t been as clean since.
    Bill entertained us with many stories of the Navy, cycling and, of course, jokes. We will miss him.

  4. Bessie,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Bill. We won’t be able to attend his wake because we’re in Florida until the 20th. But both of will be in our thoughts.

    Jim and Sue Cecere

  5. Godspeed to a fellow Sailor, and a heck of a good cousin-in-law.
    Kathleen will “show you the ropes” when you arrive.

  6. I’ll always smile when I think of Bill. Such a genuinely kind and sweet man. He will be dearly missed.

  7. Can’t express how sad to learn of Bill’s passing. Truly an extraordinary person who’s friendship and partner I’ve enjoyed for many years volunteering with Bill at RCommunity bikes. Always looked forward to hearing his joke of the day and experiences he shared of his service in the navy, as well as, his extensive cycling accomplishments.
    I will my friend and get comfort he’s resting in peace….or, perhaps logging miles cycling in heaven.

    ….. Steven Sparer

  8. So sorry to hear this sad news. Bess, I am thinking of you and sending prayers. We are currently visiting our daughter out of town and won’t be able to attend the calling hours but know that I am thinking of you.

  9. Bill lived a great life & made everyone who knew him a little bit happier & with a big smile for knowing him.
    Truly a life well lived. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    Jim & Nancy Bresnahan

  10. I first met Bill as a volunteer, working together at R Community Bikes. And it was after talking with him for awhile that I learned that we both shared a love of fishing and Recumbent Trikes. You couldn’t help but like this guy! Whether he was telling one of his infamous stories, lending a helping hand when needed or seeing a task that needed to be done and doing it without being asked, Bill was there. He will be sorely missed. His famous parting line when walking out the door at the shop was “See ya. It’s been a pleasure; if not in the coming, then in the going.”
    Though he is gone, he will not be forgotten, as we will always remember the part he played in our lives.` Thank you for those good memories Bill.

  11. Rest In Peace, Brother Bill. It was my pleasure to know you through Chapter 20, Honor Guard, Marching Unit.

    Going miss your jokes, most of all I am going to miss You.

    With a heavy heart!
    Mike General
    Chapter 20 VVA

  12. Bess,
    So sorry to hear the sad news about Bill. May the good lord watch over him and provide you strength, guidance and comfort during this most difficult time.

  13. Bessie, I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing—I will miss seeing him on my walks. Always had a cheerful greeting. My prayers for your comfort and may the days ahead be filled with fond memories of your wonderful relationship. God bless you and your family—

  14. Joe and Ann Andolino Bess so sorry Bill was one of our favorite people. Our prayers are with you, cannot make services as Joe does n ot drive anymore. you are in our prayers always.

  15. Billy-enjoy cavorting with rest of the Sykes family waiting for you. You will be missed here on earth but your next adventure awaits. Happy trails to you.

    Your cousin, Diane

  16. My sincere sympathy to Bessie, Margaret, Paul, Darlene, and all of Bill’s family and friends. Our Love & Prayers going up for all. So sorry.

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