Wilbur August Heinz Jr.

wilbur heinz jr.

Wilbur August Heinz, 84, passed away peacefully in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, November 14th, 2020.

Wilbur, or “Bill” as he much preferred, was born on December 18th, 1935 in Charlottesville, VA. He attended University High in Lexington, KY where he played guard on the school basketball team and was dubbed “Toad” for his exceptional leaping skills. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1957 and Vanderbilt Medical School in 1962. Bill served as a Naval officer and physician on the USS Sanctuary (AH 17) in 1967. He had a long, admirable medical career, most notably as a traveling radiologist, providing much needed service to small rural hospitals throughout central Kentucky. Bill was a fine golfer and a former member of the U.K. golf team, had a lifelong fascination with the game and owned every gadget imaginable to finetune his swing. As well, he was a devoted Kentucky Wildcats fan, never missed a basketball or football game and could often be found enthusiastically shouting (or cussing) at his television. Among his many talents, Bill was also a consummate host, a master at the grill and mixed one mean Old Fashioned cocktail.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marshall Rose Heinz, his parents, Wilbur and Jane Heinz and sister, Leila Walker. Bill is survived by his daughter, Leslie Muir and son-in-law, Thornton; son, Steve Heinz and daughter-in-law, Missy. His four grandchildren, Max and Leo Muir and Annie and Price Heinz, affectionately called him “Pop.” Bill is also survived by his niece, Jane Smiley and nephews, Carr and Porter Walker of Louisville, Kentucky.

In Bill’s memory, donations may be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (https://themmrf.org/), 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 in honor of his beloved wife, Marshall. The online donation link is: https://give.themmrf.org/give/275665/#!/donation/checkout

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