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Obituary: Monsignor John James Hedderman

1932 ~ 2004

Monsignor John James Hedderman died of congestive heart failure early October 4, 2004, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.

He had celebrated his 72nd birthday on September 28th with friends at Christus-Saint Joseph Villa in Salt Lake City. He had retired there in January, 2004, after serving as pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish, Salt Lake City, for 23 years.

Born in Miami, Arizona, September 28, 1932, to John James and Mary Catherine Harrington Hedderman. He moved with his family to Durango, Colorado until 1949; they then moved to Salt Lake City. Monsignor was a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School; attended the University of Utah; then both Saint Joseph College, Mountain View, California and Saint Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, California. He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Salt Lake City on April 30, 1960, at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, by the Most Rev. Joseph L. Federal.

Subsequently, in 1963 Monsignor completed a post graduate Licentiate in Canon Law and served the diocese as chancellor, Judicial Vicar, chaplain to Bishop Federal as well as at Fort Douglas Army Chapel and the Carmelite Sisters. As pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish, he spearheaded major building projects and the implementation of Vatican Council II directives.

Monsignor was instrumental in the establishment of the Permanent Diaconate Program in Utah and served as president of the National Association of Diaconate Directors. He was an active member of the Canon Law Society of America, where he was recognized for his judicial expertise. In 1989 he was honored by Pope John Paul II when he was named a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor).

A founding member of the Catholic Foundation of Utah, Monsignor Hedderman was active on numerous church and community boards. He was known for his bright mind, quick wit, sense of fairness as well as dedication to his family, friends and the church he faithfully served. The Priests' Mutual Benefit Society was one of his many vital involvements.

Monsignor Hedderman is survived by his sister, Margaret Ann Quinn and her husband Robert of Mendocino, California as well as the following nieces and nephews: Diane M. Quinn, Windsor, California; Mary Ann Krein, Watsonville, California; Patricia M. Drossel, Laguna Nigel, California; Kathleen Dalton, Windsor, California; Michael R. Quinn, Albion, California and Timothy Quinn, Rohnert Park, California.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Monsignor John J. Hedderman Scholarship fund for J. E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School of Salt Lake City; a fund in the Catholic Foundation of Utah; or to Christus-Saint Joseph Villa, Salt Lake City.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, October 8, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 East South Temple. A vigil service will be held Thursday, October 7, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. also at the Cathedral, with a viewing to follow. Committal, Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Avenue and T Street. Funeral Directors, Neil O'Donnell and Sons.