Lifelong Buffalo resident Eleanor "Ellie" Fairbairn Heckman, a 1938 graduate of the Buffalo Seminary who later served as a member of the school's board of trustees and president of its graduates association, died Monday in her home after a short illness. She was 91.
Born in Buffalo, the former Eleanor Fairbairn attended School 30 before going on to Buffalo Seminary.
During World War II, Mrs. Heckman worked as a secretary for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and was active in the American Red Cross nurses aid program. From there, she went on to work for County Executive Edward Regan and attorney John Elfvin. She also did administrative work for Hunt Real Estate.
Mrs. Heckman was the executive secretary of the Buffalo Skating Club and later drove for Meals on Wheels.
A passionate golfer, she was a longtime member of the Cherry Hill Club, of which her father and uncle were founding members. She was also a bridge player and bowler.
Mrs. Heckman was a lifetime member of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Family members said Mrs. Heckman, a Richmond Avenue resident, was proud of her Buffalo roots and took pride in the fact that "she lived her entire life in the same ZIP code" -- 14222.
Family members said Mrs. Heckman possessed "an almost magically clear memory" and she enjoyed telling stories about "the old days" riding ferries to Crystal Beach and Fort Erie, Ont., as well as riding on Delaware Avenue in her grandfather's electric car in 1936.
She is survived by two daughters, Nancy H. Blasberg and Pamela Heckman; and a son, Jeffrey C.
A memorial service and reception will be held in late spring.