WAKEFIELD – Mr. Keaton William Heckman, of Wakefield, formerly of Peabody, died unexpectedly on January 30th, 2021 at the age of 31, following a long and courageous battle with drug addiction.
Born in Beverly, Keaton is survived by his mother, Denise Bajgot Heckman, of Wakefield, who cherished and loved him unconditionally, and his devoted father, William Heckman and his wife Carole, of Peabody.
Always a joker since birth, he had a beautiful head of blonde hair and his big heart was already in place. A little instigator, he always kept his Mom on her toes. His childhood was blessed by great times with his brother, Keifer, and his tight group of neighborhood friends who loved to play basketball after school, go fishing at Brooksby Farm, jump on the trampoline, and play lacrosse. He loved watching the Celtics and cruising with friends to his favorite song, “He had a fast car.”
He was proud to earn his diploma from both Peabody Veterans Memorial High School and North Shore Recovery High School as a member of the graduating class of 2007. He had a great knack for sales and had worked at Boston Sports Clubs. His sense of humor made his friends and family laugh, and his willingness to help and his big heart was always evident.
In his later years, people commented that he had an uncanny resemblance to “Gronk”, which he thought was funny. More recently, he began to enjoy working out, but sometimes his love of chicken nuggets, pizza, and ice cream were too tempting to resist.
His greatest accomplishment in life was by far his 11-month-old daughter Kayleigh Mae Heckman. Hearing her say, “Dada”, for the first time made him so happy, he wanted to share the video with the whole world. He also leaves Kayleigh's mom Cassandra Aylward and her son, Anthony of Peabody, who adored him.
Keaton is survived by his devoted maternal grandparents, “Babci” Marlene and “Dziadzi” Tony Bajgot, with whom he lived and who adored and loved him as a son. “Dziadzi” taught him some words in Polish which brought many laughs. “Dziadzi” and Keaton shared many talks and were great friends and confidants. Keaton greatly helped “Babcia” around the house sweeping floors, taking out the trash and anything he could manage even though he recently had an accident and lost two fingers and was in extreme pain. He was anxious for his hand to heal so he could play his beloved basketball and lacrosse again. Keaton was especially close with his loving mother Denise as they were always there for each other. Keaton’s father Bill loved him deeply throughout his life.
Keaton was extremely kind, thoughtful, considerate and generous. He bought a Christmas gift for every single person, even if it came from the Dollar store, never wanting anything in return.
On his maternal side, he leaves uncle Doug Bajgot, his wife, Judi and family, Molly and Sam Bajgot; uncle Jeff Bajgot, his wife, Bev and family, Josh Bajgot and his partner, Amber; Emily & wife Lindsay Schiller and children, Casey & Cameron. His cherished aunt and Godmother, Karyn Tirabassi and uncle, Richard Tirabassi and family, Mikayla, Alexa and Isabella.
On his paternal side, he leaves his father, William “Bill” Heckman and his wife, Carole and his brother, Keifer Heckman, as well as his step-sister, Desiree Dugas and her husband, Keith, and step-brothers, John Paul and Nicholas Ouellette. His paternal grandmother, June Heckman, aunt Elaine Jalbert and her son, Adam Jalbert, and uncle Wayne Heckman and wife Tammy and their family, Paul and Amy Heckman as well as many additional cousins who all loved him dearly. He was the grandson of the late William Heckman, nephew of the late Gail Heckman and cousin of the late Christopher Heckman and Haley Jalbert with whom he is now hand and hand with in heaven.
He had an abundant number of friends and had a knack of befriending everyone with his favorite greeting, “Hey Bro”. He was a sensitive and caring soul and had the biggest heart. He truly loved his family and friends and would do anything to help them. He will be deeply missed. Keaton and his beautiful smile, sense of humor, loving heart and contagious laugh will forever be remembered.
God bless and give you peace, Keaton, you've earned it.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours at Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., Danvers, MA 01923, on Wednesday, February 10th from 4 to 7 p.m. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and are respectfully asked for no physical contact with the family. A public celebration of Keaton’s life will also be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations in Keaton's memory may be made to The Kayleigh Heckman Educational Fund, C/O Doug Bajgot 43 Brookdale Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776. An education trust created in Keaton daughter’s name for her future benefit. Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping Keaton’s family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting his eternal tribute at www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
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