Healy recalled as gentleman, jokester

Friends and co-workers remembered former deputy county administrator and supervisor Richard Healy Tu

Friends and co-workers remembered former deputy county administrator and supervisor Richard Healy Tuesday as a gentleman, family man and jokester.

Healy died Saturday at the age of 68.

“He was a real special guy,” said Lyn May, Montgomery County Republican elections commissioner, a longtime friend and coworker.

Healy served the county for nearly three decades beginning as 1st Ward supervisor in 1978. He served as chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1983-84. In 1991 he took a job as deputy county administrator. He also served as clerk to the Board of Supervisors until his retirement from the county in 2003.

May met Healy while working on the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s tourism committee, while Healy was the president of the Chamber in the mid-1980s.

“He was always interested in the historic sites in the county and all of the events and organizations. He was more than willing to lend a hand,” she said.

May said while Healy served as deputy county administrator he was always willing to offer advice or sit and let her pick his brain if she was stuck on a grant application.

“He was supportive of all the departments,” she said.

May said he was passionate about local politics and the election process.

“He was interested in all the local races, especially that 1st Ward race and the mayor’s race,” May said. “Just this past election cycle, he came in with his notebook and some research he got off the Internet about the election laws.”

Town of Mohawk Supervisor and friend Edward Paton said Healy was “a gentleman in every respect.”

Paton said Healy was very knowledgeable about politics, but very set in his way and, although they were both Republicans, the two never agreed completely.

“I’ve made a lot of deals with Dick; we had a lot of respect for each other,” Paton said.

May said Healy loved his family and spoke highly of his wife, children and grandchildren. He was also proud of his Irish heritage.

Sandy Vosburgh who now serves as a secretary for the county emergency management coordinator, served as a secretary to the county administrator when Healy worked in the same office. She said he insisted the staff wear some green attire on St. Patrick’s Day.

Vosburgh said Healy was a “good boss” and “someone who would do anything for you.”

“He had nicknames for us because everyone who worked in the office was from the western end of the county, so we were ‘woodchucks’ and ‘squirrels,’ ” Vosburgh said. “He was always ‘King Richard.’ At one time, he even had a crown.”

Healy is survived by his wife, Louise Sagarese; two daughters, Michelle Stanley and Lisa Healy Guttenberg; a sister Kathryn Fronza and five grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on East Main Street.

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