Joseph William Heim
Jan. 28, 1944-Aug. 7, 2013
Joe Heim passed peacefully in his sleep after a busy day of work on his beloved East Hill Tree Farm in Cherry Valley. He, with the love of his life Barbara Miller, was building memories here and in New Jersey.
Son of Mary Eileen Heim and Joseph Heim (who died during World War II), then stepson of Daniel F. Noonan, Joe was born in Brooklyn. He spent his early years in River Edge, N.J., attended Don Bosco High School, and then Michigan State University, where he studied forestry. Joe went on to receive an MBA from NYU.
Forestry served him well as he developed his tree farm; a passion that brought him great joy as he harvested the mature trees he helped plant as a young man.
His career path was diverse and began with a goal of fire jumping for the forest service. Over time, however, his MBA opened corporate doors and he accepted a position with Smith Corona. Soon he would begin a long run in the automotive industry, as manager, executive and owner in companies that included Ford, Lincoln Mercury, Renault, Jaguar, and Mercedes Benz. His final professional role was with ADT's home security business.
Joe had extraordinary passion for all things mechanical and applied his vast mechanical and business skills with exuberance and excellence. He was surely born with a wrench in his back pocket.
His organizational discipline complimented every aspect of his being, from work to play. He viewed everything with a skilled eye and always seemed to know how things worked. He was a voracious reader and student of the world and could never consume enough knowledge.
Joe loved to compete, whether in the workplace, or on the basketball, tennis or beach paddle tennis courts. From our earliest memory, that glint in his eye and sly in his smile bespoke his humor, but a more serious man you could not find. It was apparent in how he competed with himself as well as others.