Sean Joseph Heffernan

sean heffernan

March 17, 1995 ~ January 18, 2013

Resided in: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Sean Joseph Heffernan of Rancho Palos Verdes passed away Friday, January 18, 2013. Sean was born on St. Patrick's Day 1995 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California. He attended Dahlquist Pre-School in San Pedro, Montessori School at Ladera Linda, Mira Catalina Elementary School, Miraleste Intermediate School and was a Senior at Palos Verdes High School, where he ran cross-country and was a California Scholarship Federation member. Sean was a valued member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Palos Verdes and was a tireless worker for the church. Sean was a second generation Irishman who made multiple trips to his Waterford and Kilkenny roots in Ireland, where he had many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Mansfield, Ohio was a second home to Sean where he spent many vacations and Christmases with his maternal grandparents. Sean was a close companion of his older sister, Lauren, and a nurturing role model to his younger brother, Ethan. Sean was blessed with a wonderful group of close friends, particularly his "Posse", with whom he shared laughter, fun, and adventures and who will in turn remember his irrepressible wit, generosity and loyalty. Sean was a talented photographer, a gifted honors Spanish student, and a lover of classic literature. Sean was an industrious perfectionist and a willing volunteer who spent many hours working with and enjoying the P.V.H.S. library. Sean's accomplishments included being a published poet and an award winning photographer. Sean lived a very full 17 years. He was a confident and unique young man who was determined to live well every day and in fact lived his life on his own terms. Sean traveled the world and saw many wonderful things with friends and family on trips to Paris, London, Dublin, New York, Nantucket, Montana, Yosemite, the Florida Keys, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Notre Dame, Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands. Sean's personality was a great mixture of innocence and sophistication. He had a wicked sense of humor, a sensitive soul and a highly analytic mind. He was fiercely individualistic. We mourn the future that will not be for Sean, but celebrate both the joy he experienced and the happiness that he brought to those who knew and loved him. We honor his life and cherish his memory. Sean was preceded in death by his grandfather Thomas Heffernan and is survived by his parents, Kevin and Sandra Heffernan, his sister Lauren and brother Ethan, grandparents Bob and Suzanne Mathews and Aunt Tammy, grandmother Josephine Heffernan, Aunt Catherine Trujillo (John), and Uncles Thomas Heffernan (Maureen), Richard Heffernan (Sheryl), Steven Heffernan (Robin), John Heffernan and Douglas Schondel (Deborah) and his 13 cousins who will miss him dearly. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday January 27, 2013 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Palos Verdes on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:30 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sean's name to St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Palos Verdes, 31290 Palos Verdes Drive West, CA 90275, the PVHS Booster Club or

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  1. In his obituary, I think you wonderfully describe Sean, he was all of that & more. I enjoyed knowing him, even if for not very long. I am so sad that I will not get to know him better. He was such an interesting young man, I was very fond of him, I feel lucky to have known him at all.
    Ginger Nelson

  2. Dear Family and Friends of Sean,

    St Paul’s Lutheran Church and this world lost a truly remarkable man. May we all live our lives as Sean lived … reflecting God’s glory and love!

  3. My sincere condolences to the Heffernan Family. May you find comfort during this very difficult time in your lives. The loss of a dear loved one is heartbreaking, but we can find comfort from Gods word. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 tell us that Jehovah is the Father of tender mercies and God of all comfort and he will comfort you during your time of sorrow. John 5:28,29 assures us of a promise made from God that our dear loved ones sleeping in death would hear the voice of his son Jesus and come out of their memorial tombs. God promises to resurrect them back to life on a paradise earth where sickness and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:4- death will be no more; Isaiah 25:8-Jehovah God will swallow up death forever). What a wonderful promise to look forward to seeing our dear loved ones again on a perfect paradise earth. Psalms 37:10,11&29- meek and righteous will possess the earth and live forever upon it.

  4. On behalf of our Academy Hill neighborhood, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Jo Heffernan, and Sean’s parents, siblings, extended family and friends. It is difficult to comprehend when such a tragedy occurs, and a precious loved one is lost. We hope your faith and family are of great comfort at this time. Our Academy Hill Homes Association will make a donation in Sean’s name. May God give you the strength to ensure in this time of great sorrow. Marilyn Coates, Academy Hill HOA President

  5. Dear Sandy, Kevin, Lauren,Ethan and Heffernan family,

    We would like to extend our heart felt sympathies at Sean’s tragic death R.I.P.

    We feel your loss at the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

    We will always cherish the happy memories we have of your family trip her last August 12′.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

    Love, Christy,Pat,Margo,Stephen,Laura,Sarah,& David Heffernan Waterford, Irerland

  6. My name is Eileen Monahan my son Luke who went to P.V. H.S.
    died 18 months ago at 19 in Hawaii. Please call me when you
    feel up to it as I do want to talk …310-729-7428 So sad so sorry
    tears never end…..

  7. Sandy-I know it has been many years- but my heart felt sympathy goes out to you and your family during this extremely difficult time-my thoughts and prayers are with you…Deb T

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