FORTY FORT — Cornelius P. "Neil" Healy, 91, of Forty Fort, died Wednesday afternoon, July 30, 2014, with his family at his side.
Born July 12, 1923, in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland, he was a son of the late James and Margaret Drinan Healy.
The Healy family moved to New York when Neil was a young child. He was raised and educated in New York City and graduated from the LaSalle School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. where he served on a B-29 in the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Following his honorable discharge he attended Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where he earned his Bachelor's of Business Administration in accounting.
Shortly after graduation he met Hilda, who was a registered nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. After their marriage on Feb. 14, 1953, they resided in New York City where he was employed at Frances H. Leggett Food Company.
In 1958 they moved to Wilkes-Barre where Neil was employed at Eastern Penn Supply Company for 37 years as salesman and manager of building material and supplies. He served on numerous business committees, received many awards and was named a Hall of Fame member of the Homebuilders Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Neil was active with the scouting program and Holy Name Society at the former Parish of St. Therese in Wilkes-Barre. He was a third degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the American Legion Post 644 and B.P.O. Elks Lodge 109.
Neil enjoyed travelling, swimming in the ocean and golfing. He was especially fond of spending time with his family and many good friends.
His son, James David Healy, died in 2002. A daughter-in-law, Karen Healy; sister, Margaret Padian; and brothers, James, Michael, Daniel and Joseph Healy, also preceded him in death.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, the former Hilda Hausler; sons, Chuck, Wilkes-Barre, and Neil, Denver; grandsons, Ryan, Scott, Dalton and Darian Healy; and great-granddaughters, Charlize and Lilly Healy.
Neil's entire family is grateful to those who cared for him.
Celebration of Neil's life will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin's, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Swoyersville. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Township. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the
or the charity of your preference.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Neil's family at www.celebratehislife.com.