Timothy F. Healey, 51, senior engineer, Navy veteran

Timothy Francis Healey, former resident and graduate of Ridgefield High School, passed away on November 9, 2012 after a long and courageous battle.  Surrounded by loving family, Tim died peacefully at the Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Tim was 51 years old.

Born in Providence, RI, Tim moved with his family to Ridgefield in 1968.  As a graduate of Ridgefield High School in 1979, Tim was an exceptional student where he was a member of the National Honor Society, an Honors Graduate and recognized for his achievement with awards in Chemistry and Physics. Tim was also a gifted athlete and earned multiple letters as a member of his high school soccer and golf teams.  During his younger years, Tim was active in scouting and attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the additional ‘Bronze Palm’ distinction.

After graduating high school, Tim was offered appointments to three Service Academies and ROTC scholarships to attend Notre Dame, Cornell and Purdue.  In following his boyhood dream, Tim chose to attend the US Naval Academy and graduated ‘with distinction’ in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering.  As a result of graduating in the top 1% of his class of eleven hundred plus graduates, Tim was awarded entry into the National Engineering Honor Society, TAU Beta Pi, and was selected to attend the ‘elite’ Naval Nuclear Propulsion Service.

After graduation from the Naval Nuclear Prototype School and Nuclear Strategic Weapons School, Tim served with distinction for four years on the nuclear submarine USS Alabama.  While serving, he was recognized for outstanding achievement and awarded the ‘Sea Service Deployment’ and ‘Navy Achievement’ awards.

Tim was honorably discharged from active service in 1988 and settled in Woodbridge, Virginia with his wife Margaret.  Tim was employed in the private sector by General Electric Aerospace and Lockheed Martin.  He worked as a Senior Test and Evaluation Engineer and a Senior Staff Systems Engineer where he held top secret clearance for his interaction with the United States government.  He received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts including the prestigious ‘President’s Award’.

Tim was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Manassas, VA.  He was also a member of ‘Project Children’ for twelve years and sponsored numerous children who came to America from Ireland to spend summers with Tim and his wife Margaret.  Tim was a humble, compassionate and generous man who was respected by all for his integrity, intelligence and gracious manner.  He enjoyed travel, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with his wife of twenty four years, Margaret, his extended family and his faithful dog and companion Willow.

Tim is survived by his loving wife Margaret, his devoted parents Donald and Mary Healey of Ridgefield, Ct, sister Kathy of Danbury, Ct, brother Michael and his wife Mary Ellen of Brookfield, Ct, nephews Michael and Matthew, and niece Katelyn.  He is also survived by many brothers and sisters in laws, nieces and nephews, a great niece and Aisling Armstrong of Belfast, Ireland.

The family received visitors on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge, Va and a mass was held Friday, November 16 at Sacred Heart Church.  The international Irish tenor, Mark Forrest, was the soloist at the service.  A memorial mass in Tim’s honor will be held in Ridgefield at St Mary’s Church at a future date.