Pittston native Joseph Heffers named Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Man of the Year

For Sunday Dispatch | February 25th, 2016 12:20 pm

PITTSTON — The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick recently announced that Joseph Heffers has been named the Man of the Year and will be honored at the group’s annual banquet Thursday, March 17.

Heffers is the son of late John Heffers and Mary Golden Heffers. He was born and raised in Pittston , graduated from Pittston High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College with degrees in business and accounting. He served in the Army from 1964 to 1967 in the Special Troops Unit at Fort Dix, New Jersey and was named Soldier of the Month in 1966.

Heffers worked at Eberhard Faber in Mountain Top as Project Manager for 21 years , receiving the President’s Award from Eberhard Faber in 1986.

He later worked at Cooper Industries in Weatherly as a production specialist and retired from InterMetro Industries in Wilkes-Barre. He then managed the Metro Wire Federal Credit Union in Plains from 2001-2010.

He is a past president of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and received the Achievement Award in 2010. He was the historical speaker at the 100th anniversary banquet at the Friendly Sons in 2015. He is on the advisory board of the Salvation Army in West Pittston and is also a member and former financial secretary of the John F. Kennedy Council 372 Knights of Columbus.

Heffers coached several youth teams throughout the years. He is a member of St. John the Evangelist Church where he also serves as a senior altar server.

Heffers resides in Port Griffith with his wife of 44 years, the former Mary Catherine Shea. They are the parents of two children, Joseph, Lancaster; Mary Elizabeth Gregor and husband Michael, Plains. The couple has two grandchildren, Maxwell Wallace Gregor and Declan Joseph Gregor.

Langan named general chair

Attorney Gerard Langan will serve as general chairman for the banquet. Langan was raised in the Junction section of Pittston, and is the son of the late Gerard W. and Margaret (Curry) Langan.

Langan was a founding partner in the regional law firm O’Malley and Langan P.C., which continues to serve from its offices on Main Street in Pittston. In August 2011, Langan was appointed an Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review with the Social Security Administration.

Langan is a graduate of Seton Catholic High School. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Scranton. In 1986, he was awarded the Juris Doctor Degree, summa cum laude, from University of Bridgeport.

Langan remains a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Luzerne and Lackawanna County Bar Associations. In addition, he is a member of the Bar of the United States.

Langan also served as a youth soccer coach for the Greater Pittston Stoners and the North Valley Power. As a result of his involvement with the Stoners, he became a licensed soccer referee by the United States Soccer Federation. Thereafter, he served for two years as the vice president of the local chapter of referees.

Langan is married to the former Theresa Fitzgerald. They are the proud parents of Joseph and Julie.

Cartwright keynote speaker

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

Cartwright was first sworn into Congress on Jan. 3, 2013. During his time in the House of Representatives serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the eastern Lehigh Valley, Cartwright has stepped forward as a leader, having been elected class president in his first term and Regional Whip by his colleagues thereafter.

Further, Cartwright has introduced over 60 pieces of legislation that aim to help seniors, military families, veterans, students, workers, consumers, the middle class, and the environment – the majority of which were introduced with bi-partisan support.

Banquet info

The 102nd annual banquet will be held on Thursday, March 17 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort. Tickets are $75 per person and $50 for guests under the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased from any active member of the Greater Pittston Friends Sons of St. Patrick or at the Knights of Columbus on Main Street in Pittston every Thursday. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Rep. Cartwright will be keynote speaker at 102nd banquet

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Information provided by the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.