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James F. Heslin

Obituary for James F. Heslin

January 28, 1949 - July 30, 2021
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania | Age 72


James F. Heslin, "Jim", of King of Prussia passed away on July 30, 2021 at the age of 72. Born January 28, 1949 to the late Francis A. and Anne E. (nee Kane) Heslin, Jim is survived by his loving girlfriend Eileen Pieper; beloved daughters Katie Heslin (Steve Allwood), Meghan Heslin (with ex-wife Ruth) and many beloved cousins. Jim is preceded in death by his sister Anne Heslin.

Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Bridgeport and King of Prussia, Jim was a graduate of Bishop Kenrick High School, West Chester University and Temple Law School. Out of law school, Jim started working at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the height of the Vietnam War and retired from there after more than 35 years of federal service.

Jim never pursued anything halfway and retirement allowed him to dive into his many hobbies and interests. He loved playing games of all kinds, the more strategy involved, the better. He loved all things historical, reading books and binging on the History Channel, no matter the subject.

He was quite athletic growing up, playing football, basketball, baseball and softball and loved watching sports, especially football, hoping the NFL would soon be playing every day of the week. He also never missed any of his daughters' sporting events.

He loved Corvettes and finally fulfilled his dream of driving two of his own.
He enjoyed travel and made several trips to Las Vegas, Hawaii, Aruba and Ireland. He was proud of his Irish heritage and often spoke of the history and significance of the Irish people.

He also loved going to Sea Isle City and Strathmere and camping outside Sea Isle with beloved, longtime friends made down there.
He was known for his sense of humor, big infectious laugh, mischief making and his soft teddy bear center, and would do anything for his family.

His family was important to him and he often said he would only need his girls with him to be happy on a deserted island.
He had a great affection for dogs, especially boxers, and cherished the sight of them and other dogs belonging to neighbors and family.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jim's Life Celebration on Friday August 6, 2021 at Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home, 200 W. Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA for a visitation with the family from 10:00 -11:30 AM, followed by his memorial service. Masks are requested to be worn by all in attendance. The service will be available via livestream as well via the Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Facebook Page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can made to the ASPCA ( or American Stroke Association (

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200 West Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
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