CHARLEMONT - Father, teacher, mentor, principal and a man who never took any wooden nickels, Winston Healy Jr. passed on peacefully on the morning of March 15.
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Win was proudest of the family he raised and of the school, Punahou in Honolulu, that he helped to build as English teacher, dean of administration and, for 30 years, principal. At Punahou, Win had a deep influence on the education of tens of thousands of students who became teachers, thinkers, business leaders, loving parents and at least one, President. He also impacted hundreds of teachers: a legacy he was deeply pleased with.
Though he spent his entire adult life in the islands, Win's true paradise was his family's farm on which he was raised and where he retired, which is ironic given Win's disdain for animals, especially chickens, cats and monkeys.
Dedicated to his community, he also served as a Charlemont selectman, was a driving force behind the Academy at Charlemont and central in the preservation of the Hall Tavern Farm.
Win's sense of humor and love of metaphors, irony, teaching, and learning will be greatly missed.
At the end of his life, Win was surrounded by his former wife, two sons, two daughters, family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at the Charlemont Federated Church on April 6 at 11 a.m. and on Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. at Punahou School's Thurston Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hospice of Franklin County, Punahou School, The Academy at Charlemont or to your favorite educational institution in Win's name.
Published in The Recorder from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013