West Dennis-James F. “Seamus” Healy passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. He was born November 2, 1936 and grew up in West Roxbury, MA. He was 81 years old. He attended Randall G. Morris School and then Boston Latin School, class of 1955. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College, class of 1959. Shortly after he graduated, he met his beautiful wife Marion C. (Bopp) Healy of 57 years at a party after a BC mixer.
He was the co-founder of the Boston College ski team and participated in competitions with other New England colleges. He skied with NASTAR for 3 years, skiing Downhill and Giant Slalom and earning bronze and silver medals. After graduating from college, he worked at Pilgrim Plastics as the art director and eventually became the advertising manager. In 1964, he purchased the family business, L.G. Healy & Sons, designing and publishing spiritual greeting cards. He was the diploma calligrapher for the City of Boston, City of Cambridge, and Boston College. He retired in the year 2000.
Seamus was a true renaissance man. A self-taught and prolific artist, he worked in oils and watercolors. In 1990, he published a limited edition folio of 12 watercolors and original poetry entitled Ireland O Ireland. Seamus was so proud of his Irish heritage. He was a self-taught musician and loved playing and listening to live music. He sang with the Peloquin Chorale from 1960 – 1970 and after re-locating to Cape he sang with the Chatham Chorale from the mid-seventies until 1992. After visiting Ireland in the 1980’s, he turned his musical passions to Irish music, and was one of the founding members of the seisiún at the Claddagh Inn & Tavern consisting of Jack Connell on bodhran, Paddy O’Brien on the squeezebox, and himself on the low-D whistle. He continued to play bodhran and whistle at the Sunday Session at O’Shea’s Olde Inne, and you could find him there almost any night of the week either appreciating the music, or performing when invited up to the mic to sing his signature song Truck Drivin’ Man. He was proud to be named the honorary calligrapher to the Cape Cod Veterans. He was a true and loyal friend. Anyone who had the distinct pleasure of crossing paths with him, knew him to be quite the memorable character. Some other hobbies included antiquing and auto restoration. Most recently, he restored a 1954 convertible MG TF which he drove several times in the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Paddy’s Pig as his co-pilot. He was an avid fisherman, and he made the best clam chowdah. He also loved boating, and in the early 1970’s he was Commander of the Great Blue Hills Power Squadron, and participated in yearly rendezvous and cookouts with family and friends. He continued boating after moving to Cape Cod and instilled a love of being on the river in his children. An all-around great man, he will be missed by all who knew him.
Seamus was pre-deceased by his parents, Ruth V. (Doyle) and Leonard G. Healy. He is survived by his wife Marion, his son Michael J. Healy, of S. Yarmouth, his three daughters and their husbands: Susan M. Healy & Miguel Llopiz of Roslindale, Kathleen L. Healy & William P. Kwaak of Harwich, and Jennifer F. Healy & Brendan S. Pugh of Milton. He had 10 grandchildren, James & Thomas Healy, Julian & Ari Llopiz, Jacobus, Liam, & Calvin Kwaak, and Audrey, Charlie, and Liza Jane Pugh. Also surviving are his 4 older siblings, Ruth V. Buckley of Pittsburgh, PA, Mary L. Maher of Shrewsbury, MA, Jane M. Healy of Denver, CO, and Leonard G. Healy of Whiting, ME. He had 19 nieces and nephews, 26 great nieces and nephews, and two great-great nephews.
Seamus and his family would like to thank everyone who attended his “living wake,” and those who sent letters and memories for him to read those last 10 days. We would also like to thank Lucy, Renee, and everyone at Broad Reach Hospice for all of their support.
He is looking forward to spending his afterlife in Bass River amongst the fishes of the deep blue sea.
Calling hours will take place on Friday, September 14, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Morris, O’Connor, & Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S Main St., Centerville, MA 02632.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Broad Reach Hospice, 390 Orleans Rd, North Chatham, MA 02650 or Cape Cod Veterans, Inc., P.O. Box 81, Dennis Port MA 02639