Passings: Former comptroller John A. Heber

John A. Heber, long-time York University staff member, died peacefully in his 88th year on Sunday, June 9.

Image of an older couple holding hands, the couple's names are John and Freia Heber
John and Freia Heber

He will be fondly remembered by many faculty and staff as a caring, kind, warm-hearted colleague with a natural gift for financial intelligence and business acumen.

John retired from York University in 1989 after completing 20 years in the University’s Department of Finance. He held the position of Comptroller for eight years.

Even after retirement, he visited campus often to stay connected with friends and colleagues. He enjoyed campus tours and was mesmerized by York’s new buildings, facilities and continuously fascinated by the incredible research taking place on campus. He was always very proud to have been a member of York’s staff and reminisced about many fond memories.

He was especially proud of the reputation of the Schulich School of Business and its increasing recognition within the international academic community, and York’s zealous pursuit of growth to remain in the forefront of rapidly developing research and innovations.

Having always appreciated the value of a higher education, John and his loving wife, Freia, (they were married for more than 55 years) knew that they wanted to give back to the educational institutions that had made the greatest impact on their lives.

Several years ago, the Hebers made a provision in their wills to leave a gift to York University to support scholarships and fellowships for students in Business and Science to encourage and benefit deserving York students to achieve and realize their dreams, which will ultimately benefit society.

John will always be remembered by faculty, staff and the many lives he touched and through the enduring legacy he leaves behind.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ward Funeral Home, Woodbridge Chapel, at 4671 Highway 7, Woodbridge. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the same location.

To learn more, visit the Ward Funeral Home tribute page for Mr. Heber.