March 1997

John H. (Jack) Heitzhaus

by Joseph RADDER

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Native Buffalonian John H. (Jack) Heitzhaus established himself as a vital and caring member of the Western New York community during his 40-year career at Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.

He has been active with the United Way and Catholic Charities for over 30 years. Jack has served as Chairman of the Channel 17 Great TV Auction in 1982, and was Key Club Membership Chairman for the former Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is Past President of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Western New York.

Jack was a Board Director for the Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center from1989-1995, and is presently a Board of Directors member for the South Buffalo Community Table. He is a member of the South Buffalo Businessmen’s Association, a member of the Men’s Sustaining Society of Mercy Hospital, and serves as a Sector Eucharist Minister and Trustee of Holy Family Catholic Church.

In 1986, Jack was honored by the local chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives with its Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser Award, and in 1993 the United Way presented him with its Volunteer of the Year Award.

A former Trustee of Trocaire College, he left the College Board to take on his current position as Campaign Coordinator for Trocaire's Capital Campaign Building Fund. Jack has provided great leadership in helping to continue to solicit financial support for Trocaire.

Family and friends take center stage in Jack’s life. He and his wife, Patricia, are the proud parents of eight children who have blessed them with 18 grandchildren. “The more, the merrier” is a good motto for this South Buffalo resident who uses his talent, experience and caring attitude to help create a better future for generations to come.

Joseph Radder is a freelance writer.


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