Daniel William Healion

October 15, 1948May 30, 2021

Daniel William Healion, 72, passed away Sunday May 30, 2021 in hospice care, at Atrium Health Pineville. His son was by his side with other family members close by.

Born October 15, 1948 to Daniel Dominic Healion and Lorraine Marie Regan, Daniel was a true New Yorker – born to an Irish family at St. Vincents Hospital in New York City and spending his early years walking with his family to the Cloisters and the Bronx Zoo, before moving from the Bronx to Long Island.

After graduating from Chaminade High School, and attending Nassau Community college for a year, Dan decided to enlist as a combat medic during the Vietnam war. Trained in San Antonio and San Francisco, Dan left for Vietnam, serving in Fire Support Bases near the Lao border, and at hospitals in Hue and Saigon from 1969 to 1972. Dan met some of his best friends in the Army, including Ralph Hatcher, who went on to become a doctor, and Jim Brady, a friend from the neighborhood who continued his career in the military. After leaving Vietnam, Dan’s analytic mind found him a home in computer programming, where he worked on mainframe computers at banks and insurance companies.

Dan married Marlene Blank on a cold, wintry day in January, 1977. They had 44 years of marriage together and two children, Daniel Healion and Lauren O’Laughlin, who continue to bring them great joy. They are also the proud grandparents of two grandchildren, Henry and Ava O’Laughlin. The eldest Daniel is survived by his siblings Moira Bartell of Bayville, NY, Deirdre Healion of Indian Land, SC, Siobhan Healion of Riverdale, NY, and Sean Healion of Ormond Beach, FL.

He will be remembered for his artistic gifts, his dry sense of humor, and his talent for finding the fun in any situation by everyone who knew him well.

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peggie edwards

June 9, 2021

Dear Marlene,DJ and family My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Dan was such a great neighbor and I was blessed to have known him! He will be missed by all. Love and prayers Peggie Edwards

Teresa Wilson

June 9, 2021

Prayers and hugs to such a sweet lady and son who has always had my mom’s back. I know you will miss Mr. Dan but we know that he’s at peace with God. Love you!

Dan Goad

June 8, 2021

I have known the Healion clan for almost 50 years. There is something remarkable about the bond among the five children and Dan was an integral part of the family magic. Through the years, we have shared many (mis)adventures and I have been blessed with wonderful memories, many of which included a quiet, but mischievous man with a ready smile and a twinkle in his eye. Dan's love for his family extended to all and he will always be one of the best parts of each of us. I salute a fellow veteran who served his country during a tumultuous time. Well done, Soldier! ... And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand...

Shannon Alvarez

June 8, 2021

I remember 8 years ago we found out Dan was going to be a grandfather (for the first time) to a little boy 👦🏼 (Henry). Dan and Marlene were visiting New Orleans to celebrate family (his daughter) and the soon arrival of Henry. I drove over to Justin and Lauren’s house to decorate the front entrance with LOTS of blue ribbons and noticed Dan’s height…I said, Dan!! Come help me! We probably spent 45 mins in the heat hanging various decorations outside. I am sure this was not on Dan’s list of things he wanted to do in NOLA! 😹 But he humored me along the way and Lauren was surprised!! And sorry Justin for the disassembly work of our project!

Tracy Verno

June 8, 2021

When I was very young my Aunt Marlene started dating Danny. As soon as I met him I knew he was the coolest person I ever met. I could talk to him about everything and we would laugh so hard, I loved his dry humor, and quick wit. I remember one time I got him a t-shirt that said "Mad Irish Banker" he loved it and he wore it. He would invite me to visit him at work and encouraged me to go full Punk mohawk pink tutu combat boots at all I think his co-workers got a kick out of me, but Uncle Dan he's very proud of me and my Unique Style. I miss him very much

Janet Hindman

June 3, 2021

So sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. I know that the family will miss him greatly. Live and prayers to Marlene snd the family.