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UEZ SPOTLIGHT on McCann-Healey Funeral Home


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     “The Healey Family is in our fourth generation of compassionate, dignified and caring service to Gloucester City and the surrounding communities,” said John A. Healey, IV, manager and director of the funeral home that was established in 1937.

    PHOTO: John, left and his brother Patrick, who work with their mother, Rosemary Healey, are proud to live in Gloucester City and to call it their home. 

     The family not only provides personalized service to loved ones but is very active in supporting the community. Rosemary was the Rotarian of the Year in 2001 and member of the Gloucester City Rotary Club. Patrick is a member of the Lion’s Club and past president of Gloucester City Business Association and member of the Urban Enterprise Zone.  John is very active as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic School Board. Daughter, Roseanne, resides in New York City.

    The funeral home, which had roots in South Philadelphia, opened its doors in 1937 by Walter and John McCann. After both men’s demise, Gerald and Rosemary Healey purchased the business in Gloucester City in 1969. Rosemary, as owner of the funeral parlor, carried on the family tradition after Gerald died in 1986.

     Having Irish roots, the Healey family connects well with the many Irish families and faiths and nationalities of every kind in Gloucester City and understands their needs and wishes during a time of sorrow. 

          According to John IV, who is licensed and qualified to make funeral arrangements, all faiths and traditions are honored during a funeral according to the family’s wishes. Favorite music, poems, reminder of hobbies of the deceased may make the service a memorable one that can console friends and family.

      Military burials, special themes and flower displays for the deceased are a part of the grieving process also.

         A fairly new earth- friendly option is a “Green Burial”. In order to ensure that the burial site remains as natural as possible, the deceased is interred in a bio-degradable casket, shroud or favorite blanket. 

     Ashes from the cremation process can be placed in a bio-degradable urn. If the urn is placed in the sea from on board a boat, the urn will eventually disintegrate in the waters.

    The funeral director can help with the arrangements by offering suggestions that would fit the family’s budget. Pre-planning and funding may be one of the most considerate options that are available from the funeral director. A perfectly planned “Celebration of Life” with fore-thought will make your wishes known and bring peace of mind to the family

    McCann-Healey’s Funeral Home is tastefully decorated and handicapped accessible. “We look forward to carrying on the strong traditions and compassionate service that has been instilled in us by our late father. Gloucester is a great town with great people and we are pleased to help people in their time of greatest need,” said John A. Healey, IV.

Article/PHOTOS by Sara Martino