[For details of the Celebration of Life for Heather in Kennebunk on Saturday, please visit the "Newest Update" section, below.]
[To read the complete obituary, visit "Read More Journal Entries" which is part of the "Newest Update" section, below.]
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to share healing, laughter and love in remembrance of Heather and in support of each other. This is for family and friends to be updated on plans to celebrate the life of our friend and it is all in one place. Please keep sending your love and memories of Heather to each other on Facebook and other networks if that helps you, but share here, as well. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting, Heather would be pleased to know we all have a place to share our love.
This is how it all began, how many of us became aware of this tragic news. Her amazing husband Gilles let us know with this touching post on Facebook:
Gilles Vandevoorde is with Heather Long Vandevoorde and 2 others. August 30, 2018 There are no words to express the way Tita, Jania and I are feeling. Heather passed away this morning in my arms surrounded by both our daughters in our house in Abu Dhabi.
We had no way to help her with the massive heart attack she suffered.
Heather was a great woman, an awesome Mommy, a fabulous, loving wife and an amazing friend. We miss her already and we are sure she will be missed by many.
Find the arrangements for her celebration of life in Kennebunk on Saturday, September 8, in the Newest Updates section, below. We will update this page with details of other events coming up in the UAE.
We are at 50 Local today for time to reflect and support each other as we celebrate Heather's life. Here are the people who were able to make the trip. Those of you who could not join us, please keep Heather, Gilles, Lolita and Jania in your thoughts.
Gail Austin Susan Simmons Patrick Simmons Brendan Simmons Maggie Simmons Patrick Myers Kelly Ames Merrilee Paul Bob Chalmers David and Wendy Thompson Bonnie Bushnell Jonathan deGregoris Stefan & Darcy Kuenzel Betsy Long Hope Norman Bob Long Carol Clark Katie Clark Jacob Balcom Lucas Balcom Karen & Emilia (Mia) Drury Ian Austin Joyce Amidio Maureen Adams Jeff Zdunczyk Brigid Sadorf Heather Swanson Ron Mueller John Boston Carol Boston David Boston Abbie Boston Jeff Boston Webster Boston Tracey & Conor Long Dorothy Shannon Donna Littlefield Julia Ladd Butch Dymkowski David and Susan (Falcone) Plass Jean Eckland Santhi Gollapalli David McCarron Joan Carroll diane Cullen Nancy Barrett
...And the friends kept coming... Teachers, friends, mentors all showed up. We love you all. Thank you for being here.