Deceased January 1, 2014
James J. Healy, D.M.D., 75, died peacefully at his home in Sudbury on January 1, 2014. Jim had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer in mid-summer 2013. He is survived by his wife, Sarah (Murphy) Healy; son and daughter-in-law, James and Julia Healy of Hanover, N.H.; and son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Michelle Healy of Bend, Ore.; and five grandchildren. In addition, he leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Stanton and Sarah Healy, of Sudbury. Jim was predeceased by his daughter, Kristen Sarah Healy.
Dr. Healy was born and raised in Worcester, Mass., the son of the late Joseph E. and Mary A. Healy. He attended Worcester elementary schools and was a 1956 graduate of The Governor's Academy. Following graduation from Amherst College in 1960, he was employed by the New England Telephone Company, Boston and served in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He then pursued a career in medicine. He completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University, Clark University and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1968.
Following graduation he purchased a dental practice of in Wayland, Mass., which he relocated to Sudbury where he practiced until retirement in 2004. Dr. Healy cherished his role as a small town dentist in Sudbury, enjoying the family of staff and patients. The dental practice became hugely successful as he was guided by the mantra "good enough isn't." When a patient entered his offices, the "good enough isn't" tagline was prominently displayed in the reception area as well as on baseball caps, tee shirts, and umbrellas.
Outside of his practice Jim became involved in many civic endeavors including the Sudbury Board of Health, fundraisers for the Cancer Crusades, Rotary Club, PRIDE (Post Road Indeed Deserves Effort) projects, as well as Sudbury Youth Hockey. He enjoyed many years at his home on Nantucket where he spent time fishing, boating, and working in his woodshop and garden. Jim's workshop was something to behold with every household tool properly stored and maintained.
While at Amherst, Jim, aka "Squash" or "Helium," was a fixture in the Beta Theta Pi social scene. His energy and creativity resulted in social gatherings which even today bring pleasant memories to those who attended.
I first met Jim at the Governors Academy in the fall of 1953. Our relationship had an inauspicious beginning as shortly after our introduction Jim ran away from the academy. Within a few days he returned, and our 60 year friendship was established. Respecting this bond, Kate and I visited Jim during his final days at Christmas. As we were leaving for our return to Florida, Jim summoned his energy to express eloquently his priorities in life. ... "family, friendships, and professional excellence." Jim achieved all these goals while always keeping in mind that "good enough isn't." Jim will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and those whose lives he touched.