HEALEY, James Joseph – age 71, of Dartmouth passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side, March 15th, 2022. Thanks to the amazing staff at the QEII Health Sciences Halifax Infirmary. Born in St. John’s. NL, he was the son of the late James Joseph and Ellen (Buckley) Healey.
James Healey or Jim, as most knew him, grew up on Patrick street in a large Irish catholic family in St. John’s. He attended school at Holy Cross and than later joined the Canadian Armed Forces making a life for himself first serving with the Artillery and later remustering as a medic which he was very passionate about. Serving out the rest of his career doing what he loved rising thru the ranks as he honed his skills in his medical trade until retirement. Jim was very impassioned about his service, serving in many over seas assignments with United Nations and NATO answering the call where needed - Germany, Iraq, Egypt, Golan Heights to name a few. Jim was thankful for his time in the military, having given him a chance to see the world and most of Canada with great stories of the many adventures and great friends and companions he met along the way. Following retirement, Jim eventually settled back in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to be closer to family and many good friends from the military. Jim later would work for a specialized company (Rainbow Drilling), giving him the opportunity to work with his brother Ron for a period where they performed a number of different operations for Hibernia and the Oil Field. He would also meet the love and life companion of 24 years, Barbara Kilgar McQuestion. They would paint the town together for many years, dancing, laughing and socializing. They built a life of beautiful memories together with many great friends and shared things together that is only shared by two people that have that special connection.
Jim also loved spending time with his brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. He loved family events and holidays. Spending almost every Christmas morning for 20 years watching his great nephews Connor and Cole and great niece Megan opening their Christmas presents and stockings in the early morning. It gave him great joy watching the expressions of excitement on their faces as they opened presents and the pride on their faces as they presented him with his stocking and presents to open, showcasing his true kid inside. Jim loved family events and dinners as he was always invited to celebrate special occasions with loving home cooked meals especially traditional Newfoundland meals with his favourites peas pudding and homemade summer savoury dressing topped off with his favourite piece of the turkey, and then finishing it all off with a piece of cherry cheesecake.
Jim had many pastimes. He loved swimming with his great nieces and nephews. Whether it was swimming at his nephew Stuart’s pool with Great nephews Alexander and Jacob or with Kristina and Alexandria at his niece’s pool in Cole Harbour or taking Connor and Cole to the Shearwater pool on base – citing he should’ve been born a fish.
One of Jim’s other true passions was poetry. At a younger age, he would recite verse for verse with his younger sister Sally. She would recite one line and he would answer with the next. This was one of his fondest memories as he would recall that we lost a true angel way too soon. He also would recite with his brother Ron, recall a limerick or just dive into a book of poetry. Those who knew him well, would tell you it was a true passion of his.
Jim also loved music. Whether it was listening to the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem with his brother Ron and raising a glass in true Irish form or rocking it out to Led Zeppelin as loud as the speakers could handle, singing every word and hand strumming every guitar lick.
Jim will be truly missed for his larger than life personality and his kindness to all his friends and family who loved him very much.
He is survived by his life companion of 24 years, Barbara Kilgar McQuestion, sister, Elizabeth (Malcolm) Wilson, brother, Christopher (Debbie) Healey, and sister in law Christine; nephews: Jason (Lori) Healey, Stuart (Stephanie) Healey; Micheal Healey; nieces: Lisa (Ross) Grandy; Hillary (John) Wilson; Mandi (Ian) Wilson; Rachel (Judd) Bettle; Becky Wilson ; Melissa (John) Amador; Mary Healey; Kristen Healey; great nephews: Connor Healey, Cole Healey; Alexander Healey, Jacob Healey; Johnny Amador, Tom Amador; great nieces: Megan Healey; Alexandria Grandy, Kristina Grandy; Jennifer Amador
He was predeceased by brothers, Michael Healey and Ronald and wife Queena Healey; sisters: Doreen Healey, Paula Healey, Sally Healey and Mary Gladney.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Lisa MacDonald | 01-Apr-2022
Jim and Barb have been my next door neighbors since 2009 when I move into my house next door to them. They quickly became so much more. We took care of each other and always looked out for each other. Jim used to tell me I was like his little sister. I miss him dearly and am thankful to have known him. He was a great neighbor and friend. Rest in peace big Jim.
It is truly a sad day. I knew Jim years ago in Ottawa. As another Newf we became good buds. We used to share a drink and a song at Friday's Piano Bar. He always had a great smile and a sweet laugh. How many times did he recite The Cremation of Sam McGee to the delight of anyone close. Thank you for the fond memories.