James Healy
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Obituary of James T. Healy

James T. Healy Jr passed away peacefully on April 5, 2021 at the age of 72 surrounded by the love of his immediate family and the prayers of dear friends and neighbors. Jimmy is survived by his daughters, Devon Healy and Brynn Healy Maxwell, son-in-law Stephen Maxwell, sister MaryBeth Healy-Tese, brother-in-law Charles Tese and nieces Meg and Kathleen Tese as well as many cousins and lifelong friends. He was the beloved Poppy of James Thomas, Charles Patrick (Charlie) and Olivia Grace Maxwell. Jimmy is now reunited with his wife Susan, his parents Margaret and James T. Healy Sr, his brother Richard and many other dear aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends that preceded him in death. Jimmy, or Diamond Jim to some, grew up in Stuyvesant Town with a brief time residing in the Bronx when the Healys along with some other close family friends in buildings around Playground 1 were asked to leave after a few too many write-ups by Stuy Town security… He attended The Epiphany School and was a proud alum of Power Memorial Academy before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in the fall of 1967. Cpl. James T Healy was a decorated combat veteran of Vietnam. He returned to the States in the Summer of ‘69 after thirteen months in Vietnam and received an Honorable Discharge shortly thereafter. His personal decorations include Purple Heart Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device and the Combat Action Ribbon. Jimmy graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY. He enjoyed many years in the restaurant and hospitality industry – Guy Fawkes, First Avenue Pub, Mumbles, Crickets and J.P. Lofland’s - to name a few. He also had a 25-year career at Paine Webber / UBS working downtown at the Commodities Exchange Center when it existed at 4WTC and was present for both attacks in 1993 and 2001. Jimmy’s battle with cancer started in 1999 and similar to life challenges he faced prior, he showed his courage with a smile, positive attitude and never a complaint. Despite all that life threw at him, Jimmy came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. He was loved by everyone he encountered at Sloan Kettering and left every appointment knowing where his nurse was from and who they knew in common! Jimmy had many interests which included cooking, claiming you could find his recipes in the many cookbooks he planned to write, and torturing his family with internet (Jimternet) links of things he thought ‘you would find interesting.’ His proudest achievement was raising his daughters as a young widower in the exact way that their mother would have wanted to. Jimmy will be remembered and celebrated on Saturday, April 10 at 11am at Epiphany. The family will have a private burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all that knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jimmy’s memory to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (mcsf.org) or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (mskcc.org - please direct to bladder cancer or Druckenmiller Center for Lung Cancer Research)