George "Geo" Backus Hefferan, Jr. print


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George "Geo" Backus Hefferan, Jr.
February 7, 1936
May 30, 2016



    George (“Geo”) was born February 7, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan and died May 30, 2016 in South Casco.
    He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Alice, his children, Geo III, Polly, Leigh, Wendy and Franny, his stepchildren, Leticia and Fernando, and 19 grandchildren, and by his sister, Judy Rollinson.
    Geo was a selfless provider for and supporter of his family, counseling and strengthening his loved ones.  He loved his dogs, the Les Cheneaux Islands in Northern Michigan, his boat, the Lila, the Michigan Wolverines, and Detroit sports teams.  He was an avid reader, enjoying history books, biographies and mysteries.  He loved nature, particularly the cedar trees and pristine waters of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.
    He went to the Taft School, Yale University and the University of Michigan law school.  He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He practiced law for 53 years, mostly in the area of trusts and estates, beginning his career in Detroit in 1963 and moving his practice to Portland, Maine in 1971.  He was an honest lawyer, who mostly just enjoyed helping people.  He eschewed cynicism, and searched for the good in people. Ever the optimist, he was undeterred in a six-year fight with cancer,bringing joy and laughter to his family all the while with his indefatigable humor and sunny disposition.  He inherited a knack for story-telling from his father, George, and those stories and lessons, and laughter, will live on.
    A private service will be held at later date.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Cancer Specialist, 2 Independent Dr. Kennebunk, ME 04043 where Geo received wonderful care from Dr. Kurt Ebrahim and his team.


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