John Hefti Death – Obituary: Great Neck Baseball League, (GNBL) coach, John Hefti, 58, of Virginia Beach has lost his life in a fatal traffic accident that happened on Monday, October 4, around 6:47 p.m.
The accident took place in the 1600 block of North Great Neck Road near Shorehaven Drive.
The initial investigation stated Hefti was moving with his Ford truck heading northbound on North Great Neck Road when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into another vehicle coming southbound near Shorehaven Drive.
Friends have taken to their social media handle to express their grief over the death of John Hefti.
Courtney Anne wrote, “Our community lost a great one yesterday. John was Jack’s first coach at Great neck baseball when he was 5 years old. He was instrumental in building the love of baseball for my boy and taught him so many things over the years. It will be hard being at the fields and not seeing his happy, supportive and kind face sitting in the crowds or talking with all the kids. John Hefti you will be so missed by all of us. Thank you for being in our lives.”
Great Neck Baseball League posted, “Our GNBL family lost a well known & loved coach last night.
Coach John Hefti, one of the greatest and kindest men, passed away last night in a traffic accident. John was a dad to three boys and a loving husband. He was also an outstandingly supportive and encouraging coach who loved his baseball family.
Whether he was coaching or in the stands, he was cheering on the kids and encouraging them to cheer on their teammates. It is without a doubt that every player that John coached was better because of him.
John’s light will shine on through the countless players and people he has touched. He served for over 20 years in the US Navy and was currently the Director, Fleet/Joint Training at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Please keep all of John’s family and friends in your prayers.
There is a memorial cross and flowers on the southbound side of Great Neck just south of the intersection of Great Neck and Dey Cove where the accident happened.
We will update the post when we have more information and ways to continue to support the Hefti family.”