GREENWICH, Conn. Richard P. Heffering died Friday, surrounded by his family, after suffering a brain aneurism at his Greenwich home earlier in the week. He was 57.
Heffering was born in Auburn, N.Y., the son of R. Peter Heffering and the late Constance Egilskis Heffering. He attended the University of Denver, earning an MBA. He and his wife Marcia moved to Greenwich in 1982, and Heffering went to work at Citibank in Manhattan as an investment banker. Heffering moved briefly to E.F. Hutton, then founded Eastbridge Capital with six partners. He always had a goal to retire at the age of 40 and he was able to do it.
Heffering was an accomplished sailboat racer who captured many trophies, including the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy, with his crew. He created the Specie Mesa Ranch in Telluride, Colo., before retiring from Wall Street. He also purchased property on Marshall Island, off the coast of Maine. Marshall Island is the largest unpopulated island on the Eastern Seaboard, and Heffering made it possible for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust to obtain the entire island for preservation.
Heffering had a lifelong love of cars and owned several classic Ferraris, including historic race cars. He spent years training to drive his Porsches on several tracks around the eastern U.S. Heffering, who grew up on his fathers dairy farms, had a lifelong love of animals. Over the past 40 years, he and his wife raised 17 Labrador retrievers.
Heffering is survived by his wife; his father Peter and stepmother Apryll; brother David and his wife Nora and their two daughters; his father-in-law Frederick Mancheski and wife Didi; his sisters-in-law Mary Lou Mancheski, Laura Mancheski-May, Amy Mancheski-Franco and husband Phil, and Michele Evans and husband John; brother-in-law Bruce Mancheski and wife Patti; former sister-in-law Linda Mancheski; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside ceremony was held June 23 at Ellsworth Cemetery in Sharon, followed by a reception at the Ragamont Inn in Salisbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, where his mother Connie died.
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