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2019 Honoree: Andrew Healey

Andrew E. Healey is the oldest of five children, born in Brooklyn, NY, to Claire and Joseph Healey. Andrew’s father was the former Commanding Officer of the famed “Fighting 69th” Regiment and the former Commanding General of the famed “42nd Rainbow Division” in the United States Army. Andrew, along with his brother T.J. and his three sisters, Monica, Maureen, and Meaghan were raised in Rockville Centre and have spent over 50 summers in Breezy Point, NY.

Andrew attended St. Agnes Grammar School and St. Agnes Cathedral High School. He attended St. John’s University and graduated with honors from C.W. Post College.

Mr. Healey is a former Member of the Board of Governors at Mercy Medical Center and a Past President of the Friends of Mercy.  Within the Friends of Mercy, he has served in every capacity on the Board of Sponsors. He has chaired all the major fund-raising activities: the Gentleman’s St. Patrick’s Dinner, the Mercy Luau, the Mercy Golf Outing and the Mercy Ball. In 1972, he was a member of the Bishop’s Honor Guard representing St. Agnes Cathedral High School.  He presently serves the Friends of Mercy as the Special Advisor to the Board of Sponsors, a philanthropic group for Mercy Medical Center.

Mr. Healey has held a variety of professional positions over the years, as an employee of the Village of Rockville Centre, a teacher at Huntington HS, and as a member of BOCES in Nassau County.  Conjointly, Mr. Healey has worked in the manufacturing industry and retail business (he was employed by both JC Penney’s and Bloomingdales). He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his outstanding sales leadership and his civic activities.  While at JC Penney’s, Mr. Healey was the recipient of the prestigious “James Cash Penney Humanitarian Award for Community Service.”

Additionally, Mr. Healey has worked for the Town of Hempstead for over 40 years, primarily as an Ocean Lifeguard, Pool Operator and presently as an Aquatic Specialist.  He has been a Charter Member of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors, and is a National Certification Officer and Competition Official.  He has served the USLA in both national and international capacities. In April of 2004, he was the recipient of the USLA’s National “Meritorious Act Award” for a multi-victim drowning prevention.  Mr. Healey has just finished up a successful yearlong celebration as Chairman of the “USLA 50th Anniversary Celebration 1964-2014.”

Mr. Healey is a Major Degree member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division # 17 – St. Brendan the Navigator (Long Beach, Island Park & Point Lookout, NY), and served as Divisional President from 2006-2009. Mr. Healey is presently on the Nassau County AOH Board as Chairman of Charities & Missions. He recently Co-Chaired an historic and truly unique Irish-American event in the Rockville Centre/Lynbrook area, the anniversary of the Mariner’s Monument (a memorial about two shipwrecks from 1863 & 1864). This committee refurbished and re-dedicated the monument on the occasion of its 175th Anniversary in October 2015.  Mr. Healey is a long-time member of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration Committee. On March 17, 2011, he was awarded the “Chairman’s Award of Appreciation” for his unwavering support and continued outstanding dedication to the 250th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  In Rockville Centre, Mr. Healey is also a long-time member of the RVC St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and presently serves as Secretary on the Executive Board Committee. In March 2005, he was the “Aide to the Grand Marshal” – his Dad, Major General Joseph A. Healey.  Furthermore, Mr. Healey is a member in good standing with “The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on Long Island”, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  He was elected to the position of First-Vice President in October 2015, and is currently the Chairman of the Emerald Ball committee for the Society. Mr. Healey has been a member of the Coalition for Father Duffy/Times Square Project and is affiliated with the Regimental Headquarters of the “Fighting 69th”. He has been a long time member of the Board of Directors for the Irish in Government and as an Advisory Member of the Irish Studies Institute at Molloy College.  In March of 2010, the New York City Queens County AOH Board honored Mr. Healey as Deputy Grand Marshal for their parade.

Mr. Healey has served on the St. Agnes Parish Celebration committee, is a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Tennessee Squire Association. In September of 2001, Mr. Healey was inducted as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He is still an active member of the Rockville Centre Fire Department, a 40-year member of Floodlight Co. # 1, Emergency & Rescue, where he has served as a firefighter and as an EMT.