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Edward C. Heere, 68, Of Redding

REDDING, Conn. - Edward C. Heere of Redding died May 16. He was 68.

Heere was born March 31, 1945, to Caroline (Baeck) Heere and Adam Heere in Reading, Pa. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and from Albright College in Reading, Pa., in 1970 with a BA in Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology.

From 1970 to 1976, Heere was the general manager of Hollywood Photo and Classic Photo in Allentown, Pa. He was an Instructor of Photography at Albright College from 1973 to 1976. He was vice president of Marketing for Beseler Photo Marketing in Florham Park, N.J. from 1977 to 1981.  He became the vice president of Marketing and Product Development for Berkey, Inc., a NYSE listed company from 1981 to 1986.

A pioneer in the PC industry, he designed, sourced, and imported one of the first IBM-compatible computer systems in early 1983.

In 1987 Heere became the founder and president of AMSYS Computer, Inc. in Ridgefield, providing consulting, networking and internet services to the healthcare, legal, accounting, manufacturing and general business communities. He became the founder and CEO of CoActiv Medical in Ridgefield.

Heere was Chapter chairman of the Western Conn., Chapter of the American Red Cross, Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Conn., director, chairman of the Danbury Area Computer Society, Advisory Council to WCSU Board of Directors, the Ancell School of Business CEO forum.

Heere is survived by his wife, Donna M. Heere; daughter, Kristel (Sean) Frimpter; mother, Caroline of Laureldale, Pa.; brothers, Gerard (Sandy) Heere, Reinholds, Pa., Bernard (Pat) Heere, Monmouth, Ore., Leonard (Ruth) Heere, Williamsburg, Va.; sisters, Theresa Smith and Marcia Heere, Sinking Springs, Pa.; mother-in-law, Doris Vander Veer, Sebastian, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Gary (Lynne) Vander Veer, Hawthorne, N.J., Henry (Barbara) Vander Veer, Saddle Brook, N.J.; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father; and daughter Samantha.

A celebration of Heere's life will be held Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Birchwood Condominium Clubhouse, 27 Crows Nest Lane, Danbury, CT 06810.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Heere's name to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT , 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT 06810.

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