John Nolan Hedberg ’62 was born in Los Angeles, the middle child of five children. He attended Notre Dame grade school and graduated from Loyola High School, Class of 1958. After high school, he attended SCU, where he served as class secretary and social chair graduating. A big believer in education, John returned to Santa Clara to earn his teaching credentials. He touched many lives as a teacher in the San Jose East Side Union High School District, where he worked for 30 years. He began his tenure at Piedmont Hills before moving to Independence High School when it was opened in 1976. He taught English as well as reading and writing and chaired the department for many years. After retiring in 2001, he moved to Cambria, California. He loved the serenity of the Central Coast and walks along the ocean with his friends. He continued to teach part-time and never failed to ask, “Where did you go to high school?” and “What is your GPA?” when he met a young lady or gentleman. A sharp card player, his first rule was “Get on the board.” One of his favorite games was hearts, and while some people might elect for the ace of hearts or the queen of spades, he preferred to hold the unassuming but powerful three of clubs, a card that reflected his humility and impact in life. On June 6, 2015, John passed away at his home in Cambria, surrounded by his loved ones. He faced many ailments in his final years with dignity and grace—and was ready to go with no regrets when the time came. He is survived by his loving sisters, Kathleen Conway and Marilyn Fiebelkorn of Cambria; brother Thomas Hedberg ’60 and wife Betsy of Los Angeles; son Jason and wife Mikie of Montclair, New Jersey, son Justin Hedberg ’96 and wife Alisha of Burlingame; niece Kelly Conway of San Francisco, nephew Paul Conway of Grover Beach, California, and nephew Joe Hedberg of Los Angeles. He was a loving and generous grandparent to his six grandchildren: Margaret Mary, Lincoln John, Ike Patrick, Marit Kathleen, William John, and Nolan Walker, who all dearly miss their “Poppa Daddy.” In addition to family, John was rich in friends and a proud member of the infamous “Posse.”  He was also a member of the Do It Now Club, Buddy Club Treasurer, Donut Committee, and Friends of the Library. His generous, loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

08 Nov 2018