"A Tradition of Caring...
Proud to Serve the North
Country for a Century"

Watertown Location
(315) 782–0830

Clayton Location
(315) 686–5101

Matthew D. Heineman

November 13, 2020

Matthew D. Heineman, 63, of Clayton passed away Friday evening, November 13, 2020, at River Hospital, Alexandria Bay.

Matthew was born in New York City on November 12, 1957, son of Bernard and Ruth Kress Heineman. He was a graduate of the Dalton School, NYC and Williams College in Massachusetts, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He was an independent film and video producer throughout the world and in NYC. He also was a volunteer policeman for over 20 years in NYC, attaining the highest rank of Captain, and assisted with the rescue and recovery effort during and after the 9/11 terrorist attack.

He is survived by his sister Deborah K. Heineman, NYC; brother Stephen A. Heineman and wife Kathy Lingg, Pacific Palisades, CA; one niece, Emily Knecht and five nephews, Josh, Ben, and Nick Scaglione and Tyler and Scott Heineman; and former wife Katie Phillips Heineman.

A celebration of his life and his love of the 1000 Islands will take place at a date and place to be announced in 2021.

Arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Matthew's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Thousand Islands Land Trust, 135 John St., Clayton, NY 13624.


#2 LAURA DAVIS 2022-04-15 09:23
Matt was an amazing, kind person. I had tried to call him a while ago and his number was no-longer his. He has always come up in my thoughts as he was an eccentric, fun, loving man who suffered from some emotional turmoil, like many of us. I wish I could speak to him again. He is missed, and he had given so much of his self to others. Matthew you are loved and remembered by my family. We will miss you greatly. Love, Laura Davis
Report to administrator
#1 Kathy Dwyer 2021-05-09 19:28
I was deeply shocked to find out about this today, while looking at the Williams College website. My deepest condolences to the Heineman Family. In the mid-1980s, I lived on the top floor above Matt's condo with his mural of clouds and angels on the ceiling on 21st Street, NYC. We became great friends. It was fun to watching him edit and film videos; look for different locations for film shots; meeting his wonderful family; and being invited to the Island with Janet, etc He was such an amazing giving soul and part of NYC. Matt is truly missed and know that Halos do exist, So sorry. .
Report to administrator


Please be respectful. All comments are moderated. Allow time for them to appear.

Find a Memorial

How May We Help You?

If you see information that needs to be updated and/or changed, please contact us.

Or call our Watertown (315) 782–0830 or Clayton location (315) 686–5101.