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John F. Healy

January 2, 1947 - April 28, 2021

Mr. John F. Healy, age 74, of Georgetown, DE, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on January 2, 1947, he was a son of the late Alfred E. and Doris E. (Marine) Healy who resided near 2nd & Madison streets. Mr. Healy became a long-term resident of New Castle. He spent his late childhood in the Collins Park neighborhood. Following graduation from De-La-Warr High School, he proudly served in the United States Army from 1966 until 1969. Afterward, Mr. Healy settled in Wilmington Manor to raise his family.

He worked as a chemical operator for 31 years for ICI Americas, Inc. at their Atlas Point facility in New Castle, then retired in 2000. After retirement, Mr. Healy worked part-time as a driver/courier for several companies, including Dodd Dental, Dunbar Armored, and Sandhill Nurseries.

 He thoroughly enjoyed coaching little league baseball. In the early 1980s, Mr. Healy proudly led his Wilmington Manor Gardens team to many a victory, often resulting in a celebratory trip to Dairy Palace on Basin Road.  

He was a life-long blood donor and dedicated outdoorsman, with a particular passion for deer hunting. Mr. Healy hunted deer by bow, shotgun and rifle in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Later in life, he joined several hunting excursions in the Midwest.  

Mr. and Mrs. Healy moved to Georgetown in 2008, where they enjoyed a slower pace of living in retirement.

Mr. Healy was also an avid television viewer. He could often be found relaxing in his Lazy Boy recliner watching his favorite shows, which included police dramas, game shows, and anything on the Outdoor Channel.

Mr. Healy always enjoyed activities with his four grandchildren, such as fishing, crabbing and daytrips to Jungle Jim’s waterpark in Rehoboth. He also attended their numerous dance recitals and sporting events.

Mr. Healy is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Edith M. (Edwards) Healy; children, Teresa Zack of Chesapeake City, MD and Michael Healy (Tom) of Middletown; brother, Larry Healy (Donna); and grandchildren, John Hatton, Sloan Healy, Laine Healy, and Matthew Hatton.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Healy’s memory to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713 or Blood Bank of Delmarva, 100 Hygeia Drive, Newark, DE 19713.

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  • Edith and family, so very sorry to hear about the passing of your hubby, John. Words will not wipe away your tears and hugs may not ease the pain but hold onto your memories because forever they will remain. Thinking of you and praying you find moments of peace and comfort in the midst of your grief.
    Marie Daniels Reed
    Class of ‘67

  • Larry and family :

    Sorry for your loss on John’s passing. Deepest sympathies.

    Boyd Wicks

  • So sorry to hear about John. As a past co-worker at Dodd Dental Lab and as hunting buddies. We do did some trips to Maryland Sika deer hunting and we had a lease together in New Jersey.I will always remember a hunt we at our Jersey lease; I was in my spot and he was across the field. I was waiting, watching a deer and he shot at it. He hit it and didn’t know and the deer ran to me not knowing he hit it. He thought he missed it. When darkness came we met up as usual and said”John I have to show you something “. Took him down to my stand and showed him. “John you got this deer “ The reaction I will not forget.
    John I will miss you “buddy “.

  • Mike & family-I’m terribly sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. Amy

  • Edie, Teresa, Michael –

    So sorry for your loss –

    We were so lucky to have John and you as our neighbors in our first new home in Wilm Manor – John was always so helpful

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Sincerely, Joe & Mary Ann Santo

  • Dear Edde and family, please accept my heart felt sympathy for your loss. I always remember John as a close friend, we planned to join the Navy together but it didn’t work out. I know he loved his family so very much and I know his loss has hurt you all. May God bless you with comfort and peace at this difficult time.
    Don Godwin

  • Edie and family our prayers and sympathy are with you all right now. God Bless.

  • Edith, we are very sorry for your loss and grateful to have known John. You and your family will always be in our prayers.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Francis and Sharon Puangco