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Terence C. Heverin, retired U.S. Customs official

May 18, 1942 – April 24, 2015

Terence Charles Heverin of Elma, a retired U.S. Customs Service official, died April 24 at home following a long illness. He was 72.

Born in Rochester, he was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree in English at St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.

While in college, Mr. Heverin spent his summers working as a camp counselor at Cradle Beach Camp, where he helped with the needs of physically and emotionally challenged children. Following his college graduation, he taught English at Genesee-Humboldt Junior High in Buffalo.

In 1967, he was drafted into the Army for two years, one of which was served in Vietnam. Following his military service, he returned to Buffalo in 1969.

In 1970, Mr. Heverin became an inspector for the U.S. Customs Service, accepting positions in Montreal and Buffalo. Over the years, he rose through the ranks of the agency with distinction, receiving many accolades. Early in his career, he was selected to travel to such destinations as Rome; Florence, Italy; and Cairo, where he oversaw training operations for international agencies. In 1986, he was promoted to the position of assistant port director of the Customs Service in Detroit, and in 1991, became the director of the U.S. Customs Service Academy in Brunswick, Ga.

Mr. Heverin had a wide variety of interests and hobbies, ranging from geology to poetry. His travels to Rome and Florence were especially influential to him. For many years, he spent his free time creating stained-glass pieces, and he also enjoyed studying and visiting paintings of 17th-century Dutch painting master Johannes Vermeer.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Rosalie L. Polizzi; a son, Nathan; four sisters, Mary Elizabeth, Patsy Mooney, Margaret Faul and Kathie Sambora; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Gabriel Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.

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