Terence K. Heaney, 71, of Gulph Mills, a lawyer and certified public accountant, died of complications from esophageal cancer Sunday, Dec. 2, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.

Mr. Heaney was a partner with the law firm of Heaney, Kilcoyne, Bleczinski & Kelm in King of Prussia.

As an authority on tax law, he lectured at conferences and universities and participated in tax seminars around the country. He was also a guest on the subject of taxes on TV and radio programs and was often interviewed by Inquirer reporters.

Last month, Mr. Heaney was the recipient of an award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Federal Taxation Committee. The citation accompanying the award stated that Mr. Heaney had been generous in providing institute members with "superior technical knowledge" and "deep insight and direction."

Mr. Heaney graduated from Northeast Catholic High School and earned a bachelor's degree from La Salle University in 1967. He served on La Salle's board of trustees for 17 years and was president of its alumni board for three years.

He earned a law degree and a master's degree in tax law from Temple University.

Mr. Heaney was a tax lawyer for the accounting firms of Arthur Andersen and Laventhol & Horwath before establishing a law firm in King of Prussia in 1978.

Since 1967, he had been married to Madeline Hawley Heaney. While helping to raise their four daughters, he coached girls' basketball teams in Upper Merion Township for 19 years.

The couple enjoyed their summer home in Ocean City, N.J., and travel, especially to Bermuda, where they had honeymooned.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Heaney is survived by daughters Kathryn Ehlinger, Madeleine, Carolyn, and Stephanie; two sisters; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Donohue Funeral Home, 366 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Katharine of Siena Church, 104 S. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

Donations may be made to Pennsylvanians for Human Life, 590 Snyder Ave. West Chester, Pa. 19382. Mr. Heaney was an active member and past president of the organization.

Contact Sally A. Downey

at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.