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April 26, 2011 > Tribute for Niles icon, Alan Heyman, set for today

Tribute for Niles icon, Alan Heyman, set for today

Long time Fremont resident and businessman, Alan Heyman passed away Thursday, April 21 after an extended illness. He was recognized March 1, 2011 by the Fremont City Council for his contributions to the Niles community, improvements to Iron Horse Lane and completion of the Niles Plaza. In comments at the inauguration of the Plaza last year, Heyman noted in his usual optimistic and progressive manner, "The time has come to move forward."

Alan began his relationship with slipcovers from his playpen listening to the sound of his mother's sewing machine. His tie to the slipcover business was almost genetic since he learned from his parents and grandparents. Beginning his own business in 1958, Heyman craftsmanship was a popular choice for discriminating buyers. Popularity of slipcovers waned in the early '70s and Alan temporarily left the business but returned in 1989 as slipcovers made a comeback. His workmanship, sense of style and attention to detail was acknowledged throughout Northern and Central California... and well beyond.

Services for Alan Heyman will be held Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward on Tuesday, April 26 followed by a public gathering at Niles Plaza at 1:30 p.m. Friends are invited to attend the Plaza memorial to honor Alan's life and the community he served for much of his life.

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