Jack L. Healy
April 4, 1921 – March 5, 2013
John L. Healy, age 91, died peacefully at his home in Toms River, N.J. on March 5, 2013.
He was born on April 5, 1921 in Harrison, N.J. where he spent his early years. Following his service in World War II, he resided in Newark, East Orange and Massachusetts while working for the federal government. After his retirement, he lived in Spring Lake Heights and Toms River.
During World War II, he completed a combat tour of duty with the U.S. Eighth Air Force as an airplane mechanic gunner, earning a host of decorations for distinguished service. After the war, he was an Air Reservist with the New Jersey and New York units and finally as liason officer between the Air Reserve and the Jersey City Civil Defense Office. He retired from the Air Reserve in 1981.
Following his active duty in the war, he graduated from Rutgers University and completed Masters level programs through Seton Hall University and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
He was an educational and vocational counselor and program developer with youth agencies of New Jersey and New York for many years and also a coordinator of remedial services between Catholic schools of Brooklyn, N.Y. and the New York City Board of Education. He retired from vocational rehabilitation work with the federal government in 1983.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Greater Newark Council for Veterans Affairs, the Eighth Air Force Historical Association, the 401st Bombardment Group Association and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States for which he served briefly as chairman of the legislative committee.
He was predeceased by his sister, Agnes Slavin of Toms River. He is survived by three nephews, Paul (Diane), Christopher (Judi) and Michael Slavin, nieces Anne Capece (Victor) and Mary Padden (John) and a host of loving great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester, NJ 08759, on Sunday March 10, 2013 from 2-4 pm. Family and friends can gather at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home on Monday March 11, 2013 at 8 am to follow in the procession to the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veteran Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Rd., Wrightstown, NJ, where at 9:30 am, a Chapel Service with Military Honors will be conducted. Please visit www.andersoncampbellmanchester.com for tributes or information.
- Chapel Service Monday, March 11, 2013
- Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2013
Jack L. Healy
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March 30, 2013
Please except my sincere heartfelt condolences for John's passing. He was a Hero for all man kind. His pilot during WWII was 1st Lt H.P. Lerwick we would like to honor him with a crew photo which we don't have.
Donald 401st Bomb Group Historian
March 9, 2013
Uncle Jack has always been a strong, benevolent presence in the lives of my brothers and sisters and myself. He was our mother Agnes's only brother, known to each of us since birth, almost as familiar as our parents. In our younger years Jack often stayed with us, and that experience of five kids in a small house may have contributed to his decision to remain a lifelong bachelor.
He is part of my earliest memories. I dimly recall him and a couple of his buddies visiting us on Poe Avenue in the Vailsburg section of Newark, the first home I can remember, sometime around 1950. They had come up from exotic, faraway Miami, and all wore jazzy, brightly-colored shirts. They were all veterans, making up for lost time.
Jack, like many of his generation, was indelibly stamped by his experiences in the Second World War. From a Depression era teenager idly watching planes take off at Newark Airport, he was transformed into a valued crewmember on a mighty B-17, battling through the perilous skies over Nazi Germany. He would witness daily the fiery loss of comrades on the dangerous daytime missions, and the blessed relief of his own safe landing in England. Day after day.
He emerged from the ordeal a proud and highly-decorated veteran, with a sense of duty and purpose that served him well the rest of his life. There was never anything frivolous about Jack Healy. He was an honorable, serious and forthright man, a good neighbor and a loyal friend. He lived a long and contented life, secure in the love and respect of his family. We are saddened, but grateful he passed in so peaceful a manner.