MANCHESTER - John F. Healy Jr., 88, of Manchester, died Feb. 16, 2013, at the Elliot Hospital, after a period of declining health.
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Born in Manchester, on Sept. 3, 1924, he was the son of John F. and Yvonne (Pigeon) Healy, Sr. He resided in the Queen City most of his life.
He was a graduate of Boston English High School.
During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Leedstown, which sank off the coast of Algiers in 1942. His tour of duty included the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the European-African Theater. He held the rank of pharmacist's mate, first class. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Early in his career, he worked as a butcher at Pigeon's Market for 30 years. Until his retirement in 2005, he was a manager and meat cutter at Gosselin's Superette. John especially enjoyed working with his son, Dan, as a funeral attendant at Connor-Healy Funeral Home.
Mr. Healy was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church where he served as an usher. Most recently, he was a member of Saint Anthony Church. Deeply devoted to his faith, he held membership in the Legion of One Thousand Men of the Monastery of the Precious Blood as well as the Catholic War Veterans, Bishop Guertin Post.
For many years, John was active in Ward Seven politics. He served as selectman in numerous elections.
A loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, his family was the center of his life. Mr. Healy will be remembered for his gentlemanly ways and warm smile. An avid New England sports fan, he particularly enjoyed the Boston Red Sox.
Family members include his wife, of 67 years, Rita M. (Tellier) Healy of Manchester; two sons, John "Jack" F. Healy III and his wife, Ellen, and Daniel J. Healy and his wife, Cathy; his daughter, Karen A. Healy and Russell; four grandchildren, Patrick, Kara, Ryann, and Meghan; three nephews; a niece; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Healy, and a sister, Margaret "Margo" Marenghi.
services: Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., corner of Concord Street, Manchester.
The funeral will be held Thursday with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Anthony Church, Belmont Street, Manchester. Burial with military honors will take place in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, 03104.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 19, 2013