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James F. 'Jim' Heard

April 15, 2022

James "Jim" F. Heard, 70, Watertown passed away Good Friday, April 15, 2022, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Jim was born in Watertown on March 14, 1952, son of the late Frederic H. and Pauline M. Lashway Heard and he graduated from Watertown High School in 1970. He retired from Watertown Correctional Facility where he was a correctional officer for over 30 years. He enjoyed bingo, hunting, fishing, and participating and watching car racing, especially at Can-Am Speedway.

Jim is survived by his three children, Scott Heard and wife Elena, NY, Stacey Typhair, Terre Haute, IN, and Shanon Lester, N. Beach, MD; six grandchildren, Lillian, Grayson, Leighton, Trevor, Taylor, and Evelyn; brother William Heard, Watertown; sister Ann Jane Heard, Watertown; and his companion Joyce Gould.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frederic H. and Pauline M. Lashway Heard; and his brother, Thomas.

A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 AM with Fr. Frank Natale, MSC presiding. Burial in North Watertown Cemetery will be at his family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Jim's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#9 David McNeil 2022-04-19 10:24
So sorry to hear about Jim's passing..Jim was a very kind soul, and always had the coffee on. RIP my friend!
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#8 Stephen Woodward 2022-04-18 22:40
Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I made it a point on rounds to make his one of my last stops of the night/morning. It was always a pleasure to sit and talk to him and not about prison. In the 11 years I was at WCF, I never once saw the man mad or upset and sometimes I needed to go see him as he would lift my spirit with his outlook on things. He made working at Watertown awesome and alot of people, myself included, will miss him.
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#7 Gary Shatraw 2022-04-18 20:37
I was lucky to consider Jim a friend. He will be missed. I pray that family can find peace.
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#6 Steven Hatchell 2022-04-18 16:54
I am so sorry to hear about Jimmys passing. I was a co-worker of Jim for over 25 years.I will miss my friend and all the conversations we had about Nascar racing and hunting. RIP Jim
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#5 Chuck Cooley 2022-04-18 13:04
So sorry to hear about Jimmys passing. Great friend, next door neighbor, and fellow Officer. Deepest Sympathy to the family. May he Rest In Eternal Peace.
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#4 Kathy Lane 2022-04-18 11:32
So sorry for your loss Scott and Stacy you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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#3 Don & Jan Witter 2022-04-18 09:49
Our sympathies for the family and friends of Jim Heard.We have many fond memories of work,hunting,au to races and playing cards with Jim.
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#2 William Gilmore 2022-04-17 09:39
So sorry for your family loss. Jim will be miss. Tammy and I enjoyed playing bingo with him. I enjoyed going hunting with him. RIP Jim
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#1 Dana Howard Anderson 2022-04-16 21:00
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