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James W. Healy, Sr.

Died: Sat., Jul. 13, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 18, 2019
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jul. 19, 2019
Location: Oxford

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jul. 19, 2019
Location: Ruffenach Funeral Home

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James W. Healy, Sr. of Lincoln University, PA died on July 13, 2019 at the age of 75. Born in Wilmington, DE he was the son of T. Edward Healy and Sarah Hollingsworth. Jim graduated from Avon Grove High School in 1961 and attended Goldey- Beacom College, graduating with a degree in business. Jim began his career as an electrician in the family business Turner & Healy. He also worked on the family dairy farm until the late 1950’s when they switched to raising registered polled Herefords. In the late 1980’s he retired from the electrical business and began custom hay farming. He enjoyed many years working on his farm, Grazing Acres. Jim grew up riding in Fair Hill Pony Club and continued his love of riding and raising horses throughout his life. Over the years, Jim and his wife Peggy shared their love of horses and farming with many local families, providing riding lessons, camps, and horse shows at their farm. He was a Pennsylvania 4-H leader in Chester County for 30 years. Jim enjoyed working the fields in his tractor with his dog Tonka and his grandson, JW riding along. Jim was predeceased by his wife Margaret T. Healy in 2011 after 42 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his parents and one brother, John E. Healy. He is survived by his son, James W. Healy Jr and his wife Bethany of West Grove, PA. and one grandson, James W. Healy III, and many close family friends. Visitation will be on Thursday July 18, 2019 from 6-8pm.  Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday July 19, 2019 at Ruffenach' Family Funeral Home (224 Penn Ave Oxford,PA) where friends and family may visit from 10-11am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial contribution be sent to Chester County 4-H Horse Program at Penn State Extension Chester County 601 Westtown Road, Suite 370 West Chester, PA 19382. Please make checks payable to: Penn State Extension and make a notation in the memo line: In Memory of Jim Healy.

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Hope Woollens
   Posted Tue July 16, 2019
Jim was a special person and I spent many a day with him either taking horses to the John the blacksmith or just hanging at the farm. I thought the world of Jim he taught me many things about horses. He was like a father to so many. He and I handled 4-h meetings at Grazing Acres for the 90's and into the 2000.' Jim taught so many so much. I know he will be missed. Prayers to Jimmy and Beth and JW.

elaine fisher
   Posted Wed July 17, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by carl and elaine.

Sorry for your loss of a very special person always helping kids and everyone will be missed Carl and Elaine

Barbara L. McAnulla
   Posted Wed July 17, 2019
Jimmy was a great cousin. I have fond memories of motor trips taken with our respective parents to places like Calumet Farms, KY, and the Finger Lakes and Lake George, NY. Jimmy’s mother Sarah was a teacher and she was Jimmy’s teacher in mid grade school. We kidded him about that. He was a good man in a world where we need more of them. He idolized his son, daughter-in-law and his grandson. He’ll be sorely missed by all.

Tim Swisher
   Posted Thu July 18, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss, I know he will be missed by all. Jim was a special person to me as I grew up. I worked for his parents, Ed and Sarah Healy on the farm back in the 60's, along side Jim as he guided me on the workings of the equipment, still have fond memories of those days (Mrs. Sarah Healy was also my 4th and 5th grade teacher). I also worked for Jim and his father in-law, Bob Turner, part time in the electrical business, what a fun pair they were to work for. Jim had a special sense of humor and you could always count on that grin of his coming out as he came walking up to you. Prayers for your family.

Jasmine Willis
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
I am so saddened to hear about the loss of Mr. Healy. I got to know him briefly during his stay at Churchman Village, and it was a pleasure to work with such a kind and pleasant man. He had this special way about him and could always put a smile on your face. I know that he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. I pray that you find comfort in your cherished memories of James, and from the “God of all comfort” at this most difficult time.

Hanna Olliver
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
Mr. Healy was an amazing man. I am so delighted that I got get close to him while he stayed at Churchman Village. I was his CNA a lot of nights and he would always be so happy to see me. This definitely breaks my heart and makes me shed tears. Losing someone you got close with is very hard. I have Mr. Healy and his family in my prayers. May he forever be at peace. ❤️

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