James Hejduk
July 26, 1944 - September 18, 2023
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James Hejduk, former Director of Music at Belmont Hill School and Organist-Choirmaster of The Congregational Church in Needham, MA, passed away on September 18, 2023 at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jim was 79 years old. Mr. Hejduk is survived by his sister Laurel (Jim) Van Slyke, sister-in-law Kathy Hejduk, a nephew David (Sara) Van …
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Paul T Levinson left a message on November 19, 2023:
Jim was a teacher of mine first, a musical inspiration of mine 2nd, and a friend of 51 years 3rd. I will miss him dearly and hope that Behm Funeral Homes gets its comments site bug fixed so I can post my complete tribute to Jim.
Peter Gabele left a message on October 10, 2023:
Unlikely we will forget Jim who had such a large and colorful personality. Especially to those of us who were his classmates at Madison High. He loved us all. The last time I saw Jim, we pulled out our yearbook and to look at our senior pictures. Jim had something positive to say about everyone. He didn’t remember us for our faults but for our virtues. And this was but one of his virtues. Jim had a gift in being able to express himself so well. Whether in simple conversation or speaking to a large group, you could count on him being very articulate and witty. Stuff he said made an impression and always left us smiling. While he was regarded as a great musician, he was genius in other ways too. He could write reviews of plays, movies, and literature that were worthy of publication in the New York Times. He had that skill. And speaking of the New York Times, he had come for a brief visit to my North Carolina home and was reading the Sunday edition while I prepared breakfast. I happened to glance up to notice that Jim had picked up a pencil and was starting work on their crossword puzzle. Within ten minutes he had put the paper and pencil down and had gone upstairs to his bedroom. After he returned, we ate breakfast then finished the day sightseeing around Durham before his train pulled out. After returning home, I picked up the paper where he had left it and noticed that the crossword was completely finished! I’m not sure that I’ve known anyone other than Jim who could have completed it better in less time. Of course there were many other facets to Jim. He loved travel and was himself a world traveler. If you were going somewhere, Jim could often recite from memory what to see and do at your destination. In many cases he could even give you from memory the arrival and departure times of the various trains or planes. I’m sure we all have interesting stories about Jim. He left his mark that won’t be forgotten in our lifetimes. Condolences to his family, we will all miss but treasure our good fortune in being a part of Jim’s life. Rest in peace, Jim Hejduk.
Susan Cartmell left a message on October 4, 2023:
Jim was a wonderful colleague and gifted church musician. He was the organist and choirmaster of the Congregational Church of Needham while I served at the Senior Minister there starting in 1998. I will always be gratful for his musical acumen, his dry sense of humor, his appreciation of good worship, and love for the church. He saw life clearly and yet humbly found creative ways to make a difference. He really cared about his students and his choirs. He never lost the art of corrospondence, whether writing letters of recommendation or recounting his adventures traveling to concerts all over the country and the world. He captured so much in his ironic but razor sharp wit. It was a gift to sit next to him so many Sundays, and enjoy his friendship.
Diane Barger left a message on September 30, 2023:
My sincerest sympathies go out to Jim's family. I met Jim 30 years ago when I first came to UNL as their new clarinet professor and he immediately showed me what a kind, FUNNY, gentle man he was. I will never forget his kindness, his jokes, and him calling out to me from the audience after Lincoln's Symphony performances, offering his praise. He usually called me "April" to get my attention (there is a story behind that...ask me sometime). I know he will continue to cheer me on from the heavens above; what an addition to God's choir he is making! 🩷
Jan Deaton left a message on September 29, 2023:
It was my extreme pleasure to sing under Jim's conducting for many years. Jim made singing all the more enjoyable. One of Jim's super powers was remembering peoples' names. How I loved to hear his boisterous greetings using my name. He sure knew how to make a person feel special. God bless you Jim. Rest easy until we meet again.
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John Tuttle left a message on September 24, 2023:
I remember Jim's easy way and support in my first year at WCC. He was a consummate musician whose enthusiasm oved others to do their very best effort. And I shall miss his keen sense of humour which cut through many a pretension. We are all dimished by his absence.
Robert Diffendal left a message on September 24, 2023:
I first got to know Jim when he served on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate Executive Committee during my term as committee chairman from 1989-1990. He was always very helpful and cheerful, two character traits that I prize. I continued to chat him up when we met after that and heard about his travels to Brazil and other places. Our talks were always enjoyable. I will miss Jim very much. Robert F. (Bob) Diffendal, Jr., Past-President of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate
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