Thomas Heiland, 49

Salesman, gourmet cook

February 09, 2007

Thomas W. Heiland, who worked in engineering sales and was an accomplished gourmet cook, died Friday of a heart attack at his Anneslie home. He was 49.

Mr. Heiland was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and immigrated to Baltimore at age 9 with his family. He became a U.S. citizen in 1966.

He was raised in Glen Burnie and graduated in 1975 from Arundel High School. He attended Anne Arundel Community College.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Heiland had worked in engineering sales. Since 2004, he had been employed by Automation Technology, where he was responsible for the company's Baltimore sales region. Earlier, he had worked for Fluid Power Inc. and Pneu-Force Inc.

Mr. Heiland enjoyed cooking and entertaining.

"He could prepare Thai, French, Italian, German, Szechwan or Indian dishes - you name it, and he could cook it," said his wife of 21 years, the former Barbara Chambers.

"He'd wake up in the morning talking about what he was going to have for dinner. That's the way he showed love, by sitting around the table with family and friends and enjoying a good meal he had prepared," she said.

A Democrat, Mr. Heiland maintained a lively interest in political affairs. He also was interested in art and opera.

He attended Central Presbyterian Church in Towson.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at his home, 507 Windwood Road.

Also surviving are a son, Christopher T. Heiland of Anneslie; a daughter, Jessica Lee Heiland of Anneslie; his parents, Walter M. and Anna Maria Heiland of Glen Burnie; two sisters, Christina Rumney of Curtis Bay and Judith Chamberlain of Hanover, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

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