Michael E. Healy of Dover, N.H. (formerly Somesville), passed away Feb. 26, 2022, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
He was born in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21, 1943, to John N. and Mary D. Healy. He was blessed with the great gifts of perfect pitch, a beautiful voice, love of music and a talented mind. He sang with the St. Anthony’s boys’ choir and performed at the 1961 Kennedy Inaugural Gala. Much later, after relocating to Maine, he greatly enjoyed singing with the Acadia Choral Society.
Michael had a distinguished 48-year career of federal service, which included many special highlights. It began after high school graduation in 1961, when he accepted a position developing photos for the Central Intelligence Agency. Duties included developing photographic evidence as the Cuban missile crisis unfolded. This drew the attention of Robert Kennedy and Robert McNamara.
In June 1964, Michael followed family tradition and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a Vietnam veteran, actively serving on the USCGC-35 secretary class cutter Ingham until 1968. At that time, he transitioned to the USCG reserve, serving until 1991. He had many fond memories of his time on the Ingham and was a life member of the Ingham Society.
The year 1970 was a special year for him. He met his love, lifelong friend and wife, Donna, and began his 20-year career with the United States Park Police. There were many adventures and friends along the way, up and down the East Coast. He particularly enjoyed his police motorcycle in Washington and supervising the marine patrol unit at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York. His work as a USPP law enforcement specialist involved coordinating security for the 1986 Statue of Liberty centennial celebration, accompanying the torch to California for the Rose Bowl parade, riding on the Goodyear blimp and patrolling Liberty Island while fireworks exploded all around. He retired as a major in 1990.
His career then took him to Acadia National Park as administrative officer. He was dedicated to helping the park run smoothly. He saw administrative tools change from a lot of pens and two basic computers to ever evolving 21st century technology. His door was open, and he was a great communicator. His family’s annual park open house holiday parties were legendary. He retired in 2008 after 18 years at Acadia.
In addition to music, he enjoyed the outdoors, particularly anything to do with water and boats. His family treasures sharing fun times on Somes Sound with the Amesbury Skiff Blue Eyes. He was a graduate of American University, the 143rd session of the FBI National Academy and the NPS Horace M. Albright Training Center.
He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Donna, daughter Mary Catherine (Jim), grandchildren Joseph and Charlie of Swampscott, Mass., brother John R. of Ellicott City, Md., and special sisters and brothers-in law.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the New Hampshire Food Bank (www.nhfoodbank.org) or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org).
A private service will be held in New Hampshire. Coworkers, relatives, and friends are asked to mark their calendars for Friday, October 7, 2022. A drop-in reception will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm at Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor, Maine. All are welcome to share fun memories and pay respects.