Jerome "Buddy" Healy died early Friday morning, September 9, surrounded by his loving family and partner, at Massachusetts General Hospital from complications resulting from a recent surgery. He was 81.
Jerome was born on November 4, 1929, in Oak Bluffs to Jerome A. Healy and Irene E. Andrade. At an early age his uncle gave him the nickname Buddy, which stayed with him throughout his life. He grew up in Vineyard Haven and attended Tisbury school, where he received his high school diploma. After high school Buddy traveled the country with friends. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Engineer Third Class, serving his time on a tanker ship during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Miami and then Barber School in Wareham, and he briefly worked as a barber. He then changed professions, working as a route driver for Whiting Milk Company, then as a fuel deliveryman for Packer Oil Company and ATSCO Oil Company. Later on, he purchased ATSCO Oil Company, successfully working the business until his retirement. He also worked at John's Fish Market. In retirement, Buddy split his time between The Vineyard and Naples, Florida.
Buddy enjoyed playing golf and poker, dancing, singing, traveling, sports, walking, gardening, bocci, and spending time with his family and friends. He recently played on the winning team in the Countryside Bocci championship. He was an avid Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics fan, rarely missing a game. He was a member of the American Legion Post 257 in Vineyard Haven and of the Holy Name Society. He was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven and St. Elizabeth Seton in Naples.
Buddy was an amazing Dad, Papa, Partner, and Friend. He leaves behind Deborah Healy (daughter), Jerry and Anne Healy (son and wife), Diane and Jimmy Hill (daughter and husband), Kelsey, Amber, Chase, Melissa, Christopher, Stephen and Nicole (grandchildren), Brendon, Kaydon, Beckett, Maxwell (great-grandchildren), Lorraine Kornek (life partner), Evelyn Healy (sister), and extended family Kathie and Bill Law; Jack, Caryl and Kelcey Kornek; Kristy, Ralph, Gretchen, Amanda, and Todd Moser; and Skip Kornek, and his many many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by sisters Eileen Snowden and Carolyn Hines. Buddy will be dearly missed by all.
Services will be held on Friday, September 16, at 11 am in St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven. Immediately following the Mass, a graveside burial with Military Honors will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. Arrangements by the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.