General William Papin (Bill)
United States of America
St. Louis, Mo., United States of America
Richmond Heights, St. Louis County, Missouri, United States of America


Age 79 of Creve Coeur, and more recently, Webster Groves, passed away on August 21, 2019. Bill was born on February 7, 1940 to the late Peter Heinbecker MD and the late Mary Thomas Heinbecker. Bill grew up in the Central West End, attended Barat Hall and St Louis University High School '57. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he played tennis for four years, achieved All-American status, and helped Notre Dame win its only NCAA championship in 1959. He also earned a Master's in Applied Math and Computer Science at Washington University. Bill was a dominant force in St. Louis tennis from 1960-1975 winning multiple St Louis District men's singles and doubles titles. He had several doubles partners, most notably Jerry Johnson, with whom he played for many years. In mixed doubles Bill and his partner Carol Aucamp won the National Saks Kodel tournament and twice gained entry into the US Open Mixed Doubles. He and his wife Nancy also dominated the St. Louis Husband and Wife Tournament at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park for over a decade. Faith and service were hallmarks of Bill's life. He volunteered at St. Richard's Parish for years, coaching his daughters' teams and serving on various boards. Later, after two replaced hips, Bill became a golf fanatic and spent many afternoons at Norwood Hills Country Club. He was also an accomplished fisherman always in pursuit of a bigger bass. He remained an avid Notre Dame fan for life and often sent letters to football players and coaches advising and encouraging the team onward to victory. Bill was the Director of the Computer Center at UMSL for 16 years and a guest lecturer and professor for seven years while working as a consultant at Investment Computer Services. He enjoyed 14 years working at the Archdiocese of St Louis providing IT support as a PC Specialist. He was beloved by the employees there and received the Volunteer Service Award in 2015. Bill will be remembered for his generosity especially when it came to calls on the tennis court, his kindness, his sarcastic wit, and his love of birthday cake. His motto was "the diet starts tomorrow." Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Nancy (Mullen) Heinbecker, his daughters Shelly (Alastair) Ironside of Wellesley, MA, Tracey (Paul) Irving of Fullerton, CA, and Kristen (Brian) Connor of Webster Groves. Also his brother Peter (Pamela) Heinbecker of Sandy, Utah. Bill will be missed by his eight grandchildren, Manon, Nick, Dylan, Katie, Jimmy, Megan, Evan and Natalie, and many other relatives and friends.


Archive statistics 1957 - 1974

Tournament wins 1972 - Martin Kennedy Invitation (Open)
1971 - St. Louis District (Open)
1971 - Martin Kennedy Invitation (Open)
1969 - Martin Kennedy Invitation (Open)
1966 - St. Louis District (Open)
1965 - Kirkwood Open (Amateur)
1965 - Westwood Invitation (Amateur)
1964 - Westwood Invitation (Amateur)
1964 - Dwight Davis Memorial (Open)
1960 - Westwood Invitation (Amateur)

Tournaments WCT - St. Louis - 1974 WCT - St. Louis - Qualifying - 1974 Dwight Davis Memorial - 1972 Martin Kennedy Invitation - 1972 Martin Kennedy Invitation - 1971 St. Louis District - 1971 Martin Kennedy Invitation - 1970 Martin Kennedy Invitation - 1969 St. Louis District - 1968 National Public Parks Tournament - 1966 Triple A - 1966 Kirkwood Open - 1966 St. Louis District - 1966 Westwood Invitation - 1966 University City - 1966 Kirkwood Open - 1965 Westwood Invitation - 1965 Dwight Davis Memorial - 1964 Westwood Invitation - 1964 St. Louis Indoors - 1963 University City - 1963 Triple A - 1962 Westwood Invitation - 1962 Westwood Invitation - 1961 Westwood Invitation - 1960 Middle Atlantic Championships - 1960 Missouri Valley Championships - 1959 Triple A - 1959 Blue and Gray Invitation - 1959 St. Louis District - 1959 Triple A - 1957

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