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Longtime Breckenridge restaurant manager dies

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BRECKENRIDGE – Bill Heschke, who managed the Whale’s Tail restaurant in Breckenridge for more than 30 years, died Monday. He was 62.

“It was always a treat to see Bill. I used to ride in his Chrysler convertible around town and laugh about stuff,” said Greg Abernathy, longtime friend and owner of Lone Star Sports. “And he’ll be a loss to the community.”

Heschke moved to Breckenridge around 1973. He was born in Tomahawk, Wisc., on April 8, 1947.

He had been the manager of the Whale’s Tail since 1974 and retired last year, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.

Heschke died from natural causes, but a toxicology report has been ordered, she said in an e-mail.

Heschke’s roommates at his 107 N. Harris St. residence found him deceased Monday night, after last speaking with him on the phone at noon.

Heschke’s sisters and parents live in Arizona.

Robin Koth, owner of the Whale’s Tail, said plans are under way for a local memorial service, possibly in early September.

He said Heschke had been moving back and forth between Breckenridge and a home in Todos Santos, Mexico – near the tip of the Baja Peninsula.

“He liked laying on the beach and reading. He was well-read and played the stock market,” Koth said. “And he certainly could tell a tale or two.”

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