Brett Russell Heinicke

brett heinicke

November 4, 1961 ~ December 16, 2011

Born in: Racine, WI
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

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  1. Our deepest condolences to the Heinicke family. We got to know Brett this past fall at our tailgates prior to Old Dominion Football games. We will miss his easy smile. His love and pride of his children was evident when he talked about them.
    Dave, Renee, Michelle and Bryan B-Mo Morrison

  2. Taylor and Lauren – Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad became a big part of our lives through ODU football. I’m so happy to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

  3. You will most certainly be missed, but not forgotten. We know you will be with us at the ODU tailgates.

  4. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the Heinicke family. We met Brett about 6 yeras ago and although we did not spend a lot of time together, the interactions we had were always very comfortable easy, as if we saw each other on a daily basis. Brett was a very down to earth, humble and friendly person who will be sorely missed by us and the rest of the community. Personally, I’ll miss bumping into him at Kroger and making the trip a half hour or so longer than it would have been…God Bless his family.

  5. All of MonarchNation was so very saddened to hear of your loss!

    Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

  6. Monarch Nation is together in prayer after hearing the very sad news. Many of us had the opportunity to meet Brett and are certainly better for it. Lauren, Taylor, and the rest of the Heinicke family, I just wanted you to know that you are not alone in mourning. Our prayers are with Brett and all of you to find peace and comfort.

  7. Dear Taylor and Lauren,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you morn the loss of your Dad. He was such a great person, and was so proud of his wonderful children. He will be remembered always at our ODU tailgates, and in our hearts.
    The Lovato’s

  8. I met Brett this past fall, what a wonderful man. After just a short time, it seemed like I knew him forever. He was really easy to talk to and get to know, I was amazed wih our interaction and newfound friendship.

    He never said it, but I could tell he loved his family – just the way he spoke about everyone and knew what was going on with each’s life.

    I found him an amazing person, for the short period of time I knew Brett, I will remember him for life.

    My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the entire Heinicke family and friends. May God bless you all during this time.

  9. I remember when Brett and I had driven together to tailgate before Collins Hill Eagles Playoff game last year…all he could do was talk about how happy he was that Taylor & the team had made it so far and was excited about the prospect of going to the next round of the playoffs. His daughter Lauren was coming to meet us at the restaurant and I remember the twinkle in his eye when he said her name! He was so excited and happy that he was going to have his 2 wonderful children at the same time! I miss you my friend Brett and I will forever remember that smile!

  10. Taylor, Lauren and The Heinicke Family,

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time…I will always remember Brett as having a huge smile on his face, always so friendly and positive. Over the last few days, my vision of him is hugging Taylor after the Football games at Collins Hill…will always remember that. So proud! I was proud to know him and was grateful for his encouragement to my son, Marshall, it meant a lot to him. Brett, you will be missed by all!! R.I.P
    I will continue to pray for strength, Taylor and Lauren.

    Kelly Sutton Wells
    Marshall Sutton

  11. We were so fortunate to meet Brett this year, he was the life of the tailgate and always beamed with pride when talking about his kids. He also always thanked our son and the whole O Line for protecting Taylor:- Our hearts go out to his friends and family. The Jensen Family Erick, Cynthia, Ryan and Madeline

  12. Taylor and Lauren, Our hearts go out to both of you. We consider ourselves very blessed to have met and spent time with your father. It didn’t take us long to see what a kind hearted man he was. Not everyone in life that you meet, will be someone who you are excited to see each time you get together. But in a very short time, your Dad became that guy. He had a way about him, that made everyone he was around, feel happy about being right where they were. And his love and pride for both of you was very evident. Our love and prayers go out to both of you forever. He will truly be missed. God bless both of you. Kenny and Vickie Brown

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Heinicke family during this difficult time. We wish you the comfort knowing that Mr. Heinicke is being welcomed in the arms of the Lord. While sadness is with us here on this side, you know you will always have a guiding hand looking over you from above.

    With deepest sympathy
    Kevin and Amy Oliver
    Virginia Beach

  14. Dear Diane, Taylor and Lauren:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your loved ones on this
    very difficult day. May the loving memories you have of your lives with Brett and the love you all share for one another comfort you today and always.

    With our love,

    Pam and Pete Pellizzari

  15. I never met Brett personally and can say I only noticed Brett and his family at Old Dominion football games because they were wearing their son’s jersey. However, all of us in Monarch nation are mourning your family’s loss and you have our prayers during this difficult time. Your family will always have a home in Norfolk and will always be a part of the extended Old Dominion family. God Bless.

  16. Taylor, know that all of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. With our sincerest sympathy, Luann and Brittney Dean

  17. After just attending a very moving Memorial service for Brett, we learned there was so much more to know about Brett, but still came to the same conclusion…he was a man with alot of love to give, a big heart, and adored his children. We heard very common stories about Brett that seemed he touched everyones lives in some way, and always left that person with a smile on their face, even if Brett was not smiling inside that day. You never knew he had a bad day, because it was always about other people and never about himself.
    Brett is a man to be admired, a man to follow in his footsteps, a man to have learned from, and a man that you were truly blessed that he was in your life even for a brief moment.
    We will never forget Brett and are thankful that he was in our lives. He adored our son, Nick, and was always making sure that Nick got football exposure, as he beleived Nick had a true talent in not just football, but in any sport, but taught him to follow his heart. He took him to many football camps with Taylor, and had Nick at his home many times. Brett, Taylor, & Lauren built life time friendships and will always have a Collins Hill family.
    One Heartbeat…and Forever an Eagle.
    God Bless!

  18. I briefly met Mr. Heineke in Philadelphia while tailgating before the ODU/Villanova game. We spoke for a few minutes, and I was taken by how proud he was of his son and how he cherished his relationship with Taylor. My sympathies go out to all of his family and friends who I am sure will forever miss him and his wonderful spirit. To Taylor, losing a parent is very difficult, so the only advice, from my own experience, is to remember the positive aspects of your relationship and live your life as if he is watching you, and try to make him as proud from now on as you did when he was still with you in life.

  19. Brett, here’s to you, an amazing father. It was a pleasure watching the Villanova game with you this past season. Your family was so lucky to have such an amazing dad. From the reality show…I could tell instantly the amazing connection you had with your son. He is a really great athlete and even better person and I really enjoyed working with both of you. I still can hardly believe the news, and as everyone is, am deeply saddened. May you rest in peace and hopefully Taylor knows that you will continue to be at every game because I know you you would not miss it!

    Marie Keeler

  20. Went to high school with Brett and Diana. Never really remember him without a smile! Nice Memory…

    He was a very passionate athlete. Very intense. Was quite a good basketball player as well as an accomplished golfer.

    Thoughts and prayers to his family and Diana…

  21. To the Heinicke family…I am so sorry for the loss of Brett. I met him when we were kids and everytime I saw him until we graduated, he was always kind and always smiling. He was an awesome person and I am so blessed to have known him. I am praying that Jesus Himself will comfort all of you during this extrememly sad time. Brett will be greatly missed but we will see him again!

    Sincerely, Chris Randolph

  22. I am so very sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. I’m praying for friends and family to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you through this difficult time.

    “Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

  23. I will always remember Brett as a kind, outgoing, great guy in high school. I am so sorry for the loss to his family, particularly the son and daughter he left behind. May you find some peace in the coming months from knowing how much your dad was loved.

  24. I first met Brett in 5th grade on the playground at the newly opened South Elementary. I saw him shooting baskets by himself and walked over to join him. I recall he gladly accepted me and we were both so passionate about basketball. We became friends and ended up playing that year together on South’s all star basketball team and several other teams after that. After Jr. High we weren’t as close as he discovered golf and I tennis but always passed each other in the halls in high school with a friendly hello or smile. I loved Brett’s intensity toward basketball, golf and school. Though I never saw him after high school I often thought of him. I offer my condolences and prayers to all of his family.

  25. I first met Brett in Junior High School, I remember him being kind with a wonderful sense of humor. I became friends with Diane when her family moved to Fairfield and we were later College Roommates. One thing I know about both of you is the fact that you both are devoted parents. Brett you will be missed.
    Selena Smith

  26. Diane – such a shock to hear about Brett’s passing. I do think of the Heinicke’s often…wondering where everyone is. Please know that prayers are being said for you and the entire family. Reading these posts tells me that you have a lovely family – 2 beautiful children. Hold tight to them during this time and know that God’s love for you will help you through this.

    Love and prayers to all of you. Julie, Mike, Evan & Jordan

  27. I didnt know Brett well, however I recall hearing how well he did playing golf while in High School. Diane and I were friends in school and my thoughts are with her and Bretts family.

  28. Sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. We were in many classes together in high school. He was a great athlete and I believe was part of Fairfield’s last state championship golf team. He was friendly guy and I am sure will be missed by all.

  29. My condolences to Brett’s family. He was an awesome student & athlete at Fairfield High School, so I’m sure he was an awesome man as an adult. Reading of his passing came as a shock tonight. Reading all of the condolence messages shared a glimpse of the man he became.
    Mrs. R.

  30. brett was a friend of many years we grew up in fairfield,ohio . we played more golf together than we would like to admit we were on the course basicilly everyday from sun up to sun down as junior golfers at wildwood cc. there was a group of us brett,kelly finney,buddy prow,diana his sister,scott hann, bill branzel and steve cummins as well as myself. we travelled all over the cincinnati,ohio area playing in junior golf tournaments and well as bringing back our fair share of trophies. brett will be missed by all his family and friends but his memories will be for ever in our hearts.

  31. I will remember Brett as a sports minded, compassionate family man who couldn’t be more proud of his two children.

    He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. May we find comfort in knowing that though his time here was cut short he led a good life and has joined his Father, Mother, Aunt Carol, Grandparents and those that have gone before him in Heaven and that he will not be forgotten here on earth. May he rest in peace.

  32. I pray that God will provide your family comfort, grace, & peace. Remember, if God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.

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