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4376 Corporate Square, Suite 1
Naples, FL 34104
Phone: (239)-659-2009
Fax: (239) 659-2013
John Healey

John D. Healey

Friday, October 8th, 1943 - Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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Honorable John Dennis (Denny) (Papa) Healey, died in Naples, FL of complications due to Parkinson's Disease on Tuesday, February 26.

He was a gentleman, in the true sense of the word, a gentle man. A man disposotionally well suited to his career. A faith-filled loving husband to his heart broken wife and soulmate of 51 years, Donna (Ventresca). A caring father to his devoted children and their families Pamela, Maria and Merry of Swampscott and Brian, Kathy, Ben and Nick of Peabody. Alison greeted him at heaven's gate along with his Mom and Dad, Helvi and Jack. His steadfast brothers Bob and Rick and their wives Chris and Mary and families of Connecticut bear this heavy grief with his extended family and friends.

A life-long Peabody resident, he was a graduate of: Thomas Carroll Elementary School in 1958 where he was known as John, Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in 1961, University of Massachusetts at Amherst in1965, and Suffolk University Law School in 1970 where at all three he was known as Denny. All of his education helped to prepare him for a rich life of public service.

This service began in Salem as the Executive
Director of the North Shore ARC, then known as the Association for Retarded Children. That was followed by his position as an Aide to Congressman Michael Harrington, Salem Office. During his time in private law practice at Ronan, Segal and Harrington of Salem, he was appointed by Mayor Peter Torigian as Assistant
City Solicitor for the City of Peabody. He served on many boards. One near and dear to him was the Regional Council for Mental Health. He was appointed to the Bench at Peabody District Court in 1985 by Governor Michael Dukakis and served as a Justice in Essex County for 22 years. He retired from the Bench in 2006 while serving in the Salem District Court. Appreciative of his retirement years, they were joyfully spent in Naples, FL at Foxfire where his love of warmth and golf was enhanced by the camaraderie of good friends. During all of that time and up until now he was known mostly as Dennis with an occasional Denny or John thrown in always telling us from what point in his life that person knew him.

His grandchildren, who called him Papa, brought him immense joy. And, his relationships throughout his lifetime sustained him. Thank you for being a part of his life. Keep his spirit with you by whatever name you called him and wish him "fairways and greens." He was one of the "good guys."

The family thanks the competent, compassionate, staff at the Avow Frances Georgeson Hospice House in Naples, FL for their loving, gentle care that eased his way.

Funeral services were private. Please join a grateful family for a Celebration of His Life on Saturday, March 16 at The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem from 12 – 4 p.m.
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James Coffey

Posted at 04:42pm
Dennis was a gentleman and a wonderful judge. He was very kind and helpful to new judges learning the business. He had a positive impact on me and many others ,he will be missed Jim Coffey -Dorchester Court

Gregory Young

Posted at 08:46am
Donna and Family,please accept my condolence on hearing of Dennis's passing. We met on personal business forty years ago and I shall never forget what a true gentleman he was. I know jurisprudence must have benefited greatly by his service.

Alicia Tierney Guinee

Posted at 09:02am
Donna, Healey brothers and families, I am sorry to see the news about Denny today. He was kind and helpful to me in my law school process decades ago. Not surprising, as all of the Healey family, Gardner Park neighbors, can only be recalled as kind and friendly. You could set your watch daily by Mr. Healey returning home from work,walking from Sparrow Lane down Newcastle Rd, thermos in hand, with a wave to us kids. The same for Mrs. Healey, traveling on Burnham to Newcastle in that snappy gold car, with a smile and a wave.Some of Lovey's favorite locals! I'm sure Denny carried his family's foundation of care and kindness throughout his life. He'll be a welome addition in heaven to those family and friends who preceded him. At a funeral last weekend,Fr. Medas said about the deceased: "Heaven will be even a little nicer because he is there," and I think the same holds true of your Denny. Sympathy to all.

Kevin & Catie O’Keefe

Posted at 02:03pm
Our condolences to Donna, Bob, and Rick and the whole Healey family. We were looking forward to seeing Denny again at the next cousin’s dinner, and are very saddened about his passing. He was a warm and wonderful guy, and we will miss him.

Christine Zuppio

Posted at 09:36am
Dear Donna and family, I am so glad I ran into you at Shaw's just a short time ago. Denny was so engaging and seemed more like his old self that day. I was taken be complete surprise to receive this news. Please accept my condolences and may he eternally rest in peace.

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Taken by Kate while traveling the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland with Donna and Alison