Joseph Healey of South Scranton passed away Tuesday at home after an illness. His wife of 45 years, the former Anne Berry, preceded him in death on March 13, 2010.
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Born Nov. 4, 1931, in Scranton, Joe was the only son of the late Nellie and Ambrose Healey. While he was an only child, he considered his first cousins William Cosgrove, Joan Williams, Margaret Sillner and Mary Jean Cleary his siblings. He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and the University of Scranton earning a bachelor's degree in accounting. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 948 in Scranton. He was of the Catholic faith, a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church until its closing and, more recently, a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Scranton. He was proud of his Irish heritage, and rabidly followed the Boston Red Sox and all things Notre Dame.
Joe was an accountant at the Scranton Times, and retired as a member of its 50-Year Club. He also operated his own tax and accounting business for over 60 years, retiring from that last year. Up until his passing, he was still planning to do "just a few" returns this year.
His family came first, but Joe was also actively involved in numerous sports organizations during his lifetime. He never missed one of his children's many sporting events and, more recently, his grandchildren's. He supported American Legion baseball at the local and state level for over 50 years. He co-founded the team at Post 948 in 1960, and served as its business manager for many years. He helped expand the District 11 league in Lackawanna County, and served as president of the league for over two decades. He also founded its fall baseball program. More recently, he was the vice chairman of state American Legion Baseball. He also had the District 11 American Legion championship trophy named in his honor. He was the former president of the Scranton Red Sox Baseball team of the CSBL and of Connell Park Little League. If it was summertime, Joe was at a baseball game somewhere in Pennsylvania. He was named Sportsman of the Year by Scranton Life Underwriters Association, inducted into the PA American Legion Sports Hall of Fame in 1972 and inducted into the NEPA Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. He also found time to help coordinate the Parade of Champions for the American Legion.
He was a supportive and patient father of seven children. He is survived by his daughter, Ellen M. Rasimovich and husband, Frank, Scranton; six sons, Attorney Patrick J. Healey and his partner, Diane Pellegrini, Philadelphia; Joseph P. Healey and wife, Ann Marie, Scranton; Chris Healey and wife, Maura, Scranton; Attorney Daniel Sean Healey and wife, Ryan Brooke, Houston, Texas; Matthew Healey and wife, Attorney Kelly Healey, Scranton; and Martin Healey, at home; 12 grandchildren, Kathleen Healey, Joseph Healey, Stephanie Healey, Jacob Rasimovich, Connor Rasimovich, Bridget Rasimovich, Meghan Healey, Andrew Healey, Luke Healey, Rory Healey, Cael Healey and Lily Healey; and cousin, William Cosgrove and wife, Joan, Scranton.
The family would like to thank Drs. James McKenna and Kishori Veerabhadrappa and the staff at VNA Hospice for their care during our father's illness.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton, with Mass at 10 a.m. in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave., Scranton. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Connell Park Little League, 2709 Colliery Ave., Scranton, PA 18505. Go to www.millerbean.com for additional funeral information or directions.
Published in Scranton Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2014