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Staff members of Heald Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

 

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Raymond "Rett" Heald Owner/Director

Raymond, better known as Rett, is President of the Heald Funeral Home. He graduated in 1979 from Hudson Valley Mortuary College in Troy, New York and became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer shortly thereafter. He is the son of Howard G. “Bud” Heald, and a fourth-generation Heald in funeral service in St. Albans. He is married to Emily (Paquin) and they have two children, Christopher, a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, who is currently a CPA with Kittell, Brannigan and Sargent and Meghan, a graduate of the University of Vermont, who is a teacher at Highgate Elementary School. Rett has served as President of the Vermont Funeral Directors Association and presently serves on the D-Mort Disaster Team for New England, which is responsible for identifying remains and assisting bereaved families at times of disaster. In this capacity he assisted at the “Egypt Air Crash” and the World Trade Center Attack.

 

Rett is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and sugaring. He has completely remodeled his home and is quite accomplished with woodworking and carpentry. He is a member of the “Call Force” for the St. Albans City Fire Department. He is Treasurer for the St. Albans Cemetery Association.

 

Rett’s expertise, experience, and compassion will serve you well when it is your responsibility to see that someone dear to you has a fitting memorial.

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Emily Heald Owner

Emily is the wife of Rett and works full time at the Northwestern Medical Center. She is now responsible for the daily business of the funeral home.

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Lucien Hayes Funeral Director/Embalmer

Lucien is a native of the seacoast area of New Hampshire where he was raised on a small family dairy farm.   He graduated from the New England Institute of Funeral Service, Boston, and began his career in funeral service over 50 years ago with the prestigious firm of Tasker & Chesley Funeral Home in Dover, NH.   In the mid-seventies he relocated to Fairfax, Vermont, where he and his late wife Carol were the proprietors and funeral directors of the Hayes-Rich Funeral Home.  After the sale of the business in the late nineties, Lucien became an associate with the Heald Funeral Home, serving as funeral director and embalmer. 

 

Lucien is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both New Hampshire and Vermont.   He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, having served on the Policy Board, member, and past president of the Vermont Funeral Directors Association.  Lucien served with the National Disaster Mortuary Service – DMORT Region l, at the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, Warwick (RI) Night Club, as well as several other national incidents.  He is a life member of the Fairfax Fire Department where he served as secretary and safety officer for several years.  Currently, Lucien is a member of the Fairfax Cemetery Commission and President of Fairfax Plains Cemetery Association and for several years served on the Fairfax Development Review Board. 

 

Lucien is married to Sherry Scott, a retired funeral director from the state of California who returned to her native state of Vermont.   Together Lucien and Sherry share seven children and 16 grandchildren residing in Vermont, Tennessee, Georgia, and California.

 

Lucien and Sherry enjoy spending time together, especially at the lake, boating, traveling, and family time with their children and grandchildren. 

 

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Robert L. Covey Funeral Director

Bob grew up in Southern Vermont and was a graduate of the Albany Campus of Russell Sage College and New England Institute in Boston. His family has been in funeral service since 1915 and, following graduation from college, Bob returned home to assume operation of the family business in Wilmington. 

 

In 1984, Bob and his wife, Kathie, acquired funeral homes in Bennington, Arlington and Manchester, Vermont, operating them until 2003. In 2004, Bob moved to Underhill and began working with the Heald Funeral Home on a part time basis as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

 

 Bob and Kathie have three grown children, Mark, Jeremy and Erin and grandsons, Isaiah and Elijah. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Past President of the Vermont Funeral Directors Association, served 5 years on the Vermont State Board of Funeral Service and is a former member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Disaster Mortuary Service - DMORT Region 1 and the Vermont Army National Guard. He attends the United Church of Underhill.



Bob enjoys golf, walking and spending time with his grandsons. He was formerly a licensed pilot and still enjoys all types of aviation.

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Casey Lynn McNally Funeral Director Apprentice healdfh@healdfuneralhome.com

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Stanley Dukas Assistant

Stan joined us in 1997 when he retired from IBM in Essex Junction as a second-level manager. While at IBM, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans in 1960 and served in the U. S. Army from 1960 to 1963.

 

He married, Sandy Thomas, who passed away on May 18th, 2019.  Their five children, Shari, Tom, twins, Jerry and Gary, Stephanie are all young adults now, and have seventeen children. Stan and Sandy were very active in their sporting events, especially hockey, when their children were growing up. Much of Stan’s spare time is spent building their new home, a craft at which he excels.

 

Stan is known and liked by everyone, and enjoys people. This makes him a very valuable member of our team.

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Normand Choinere Assistant

Normand Choinere was born in Highgate Center in 1945. He graduated from Highgate High School in 1966. After that he attended and graduated from the Northeast School of Broadcasting in Boston. It was during the Vietnam Era, so shortly after school, Norm joined the Army and served part of his time at Fort Rucker, Alabama and then onto Vietnam. After his military service, Mr Choinere worked in New York City for Broadcasting Magazine for approximately a year. He then returned to Vietnam and worked as a photojournalist for over a year and spent six weeks as a photojounalist in the Middle East. Upon returning to Vermont, Normand worked for WPTZ-TV of Plattsburgh, New York as its Vermont reporter and weekend news anchor. 

 

In 1974, Norm bought Houghton's Store on South Main Street in St. Albans and shortly after renamed it Books and Things and later it became known as The Champlain Collection. Normand sold the custom frame portion of his business and continues to be publisher and distributor for the art of Fred Swan.

 

 Normand was married to Nancy (Thuot) Choinere who passed away on March 5, 2015. They have two children - Cynthia Murtagh of Kittery Point, ME and James Murtagh of Truckee, CA and one granddaughter, Hiliary Murtagh of Allston, MA.

 

 Norm is proud to be serving the community as an Associate at the Heald Funeral Home.

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Alan B. McFeeters Assistant

A native of St. Albans and lifelong resident, he retired in 2003 after spending nearly 40 years in a local service industry. During his career, he served as President of the St. Albans Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Vermont. He was involved in United Way, St. Albans Rotary Club and the American Heart Association.


He presently is a volunteer in the Vermont Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program and also a mentor in SCORE, a volunteer business consulting organization.


He is married to his wife, Dale and enjoys a joined family of seven and thirteen grandchildren. He joined the staff of the Heald Funeral Home on January 1, 2012.

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Thomas G. Snyder Assistant

Tom was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts and then served for 5 years as an Operations Specialist in the United States Navy.

 

 In 1982, he was hired by the FAA, and went to their Academy in Oklahoma City. Upon graduation he started his career as an Air Traffic Controller in the Westfield Tower, Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield Massachusetts. In 1987, he was transferred to the Burlington Vermont Tower/Approach until his retirement in January of 2013.

 

 Tom and his wife, Priscilla have been married for 28 years and have 2 daughters, Olivia, a senior at the University of Vermont and Julia, a junior at St. Michaels College.

 

 Tom is active in Fire Service, having been with the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department from 1987-1989 and been with the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department since 2001, where presently he serves as Chief.

 

 In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf.

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David Raymond Assistant

 

David grew up in St. Albans. He graduated from BFA St. Albans, class of 1995. Dave started his journey in Fire service in 1998, becoming a career member of St. Albans City Fire Dept in 2000. He then left City Fire Dept in 2012, to take position as first full-time member of the Fairfax Fire Dept.  Dave also is a member of Fairfax Rescue.

 

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Jay Sweeny Coach Chauffeur

Jay is a lifelong resident of the area having grown up in St. Albans Bay, the son of William and Barbara Sweeny. He graduated from BFA St. Albans in 1980 and attended UVM. In 1985 He was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Franklin County Sheriffs Office where he remained until his retirement in 2017. He remained as a part time Deputy until he fully retired in 2019. Jay started with the Heald Funeral Home in the spring of 2019.

 

Jay was recently married to Ruth Miller and still resides in St. Albans Bay with their two labs Ruby and Sassafras. Jay has one Son, Justin who is a full-time member of the VT Air National Guard and a part time Sheriff’s Deputy as well as a step son Travis Miller and his wife Kate who reside in Colchester with their two sons, Jackson and Quinton. 

 

Jay has been an active member of the St. Albans Town Fire Department since 1980. He also sits on the VT Fish and Wildlife Board as well as the St. Albans Bay Cemetery Board of Directors. His family has taken care of the Bay Cemetery and the Point Cemetery since the early 1970’s and he is currently the head caretaker of the two cemeteries owned by the association.

 

In his spare time, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys woodworking and wood carving.

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Mike Boulerice Assistant

Mike is a lifelong resident of St. Albans, who joined the staff at The Heald Funeral Home in July of 2018.

 

Throughout his professional career he worked in St. Albans as a Banker, Recreation Director for The City of St. Albans, Energizer and Ben & Jerry’s.

 

Youth sports have always been a passion of his.  He coached Little League in St. Albans, served as Little League President and Vermont Little League District 3 Administrator between 1980 and 2000.  He still continues to umpire each season, primarily at tournament time.

 

In addition, he officiated high school basketball in Vermont for 40 years retiring in 2017.  He remains active in that organization as their Secretary/Treasurer, having served in that position for the last 15 years.

 

 In 2018, he started to umpire high school softball which he enjoys immensely.

 

He is married to his wife, Sherry and enjoys a joined family of three grown sons, Rob, Brian and Phil and their three grandchildren, Grant, Ellis and Beckett.

 

In his spare time, he enjoys substitute teaching.

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Sherry Scott Assistant

Sherry Scott recently became association with the Heald Funeral Home after returning to her native state to semi-retire.  

 

She has been in funeral service for over 45 years having owned and operated a prestigious Southern California funeral home.    She served six years on the board of the California Funeral Directors Association, chairing the Public Relations Committee for three of those years and serving on the Membership and Ethics Committee and the Legislative Committee.   She was a founding member and former president of the Gold Coast Funeral Directors Association which encompasses Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County funeral establishments.

Sherry is currently a member of the St Albans Rotary Club and had been a member of the Ventura Rotary Club since 199l. 

 

Married to funeral director, Lucien Hayes, they share seven children and 16 grandchildren residing in Vermont, Tennessee, Georgia, and California.

 

Lucien and Sherry enjoy spending time together, especially at the lake, boating, traveling, and family time with their children and grandchildren. 

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Vicki Eaton Assistant

Vicki  was raised in Fairfield and has traveled the world, but always returns home to her roots in Vermont.

 

She and her husband have been married for 17 years and have a wonderful family consisting of three children and five grandchildren and one four legged son Murphy.

 

Vicki pursued a career in the fashion industry which subsequently led to her career in jewelry. Vicki and her husband have owned Eaton's Fine Jewelry for 15 years, where Vicki enjoys interacting with every customer who comes in.   

 

She has many interests including decorating, gardening, reading and her biggest interest is her grandchildren!

 

Vicki joined Heald's Funeral Home in 2018 where she feels honored to be part of such a highly respected compassionate business in the community.

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Victoria "Vickie" Isham Assistant

Vickie was born and raised in St. Albans, attending Bellows Free Academy and a graduate from Castleton State College. 

 

She pursed a career in nursing until 1999, then her entrepreneurial sprite lead her to Howards The Flower Shop where she continues to deliver happiness through flowers.

 

 Vickie and her life partner Greg enjoy sharing the responsibility of raising two children, Sydney attending Bellows Free Academy and Noah attending Pace University.

 

 In her spare time she enjoys her dogs, gardening and raising an eclectic mix of farm animals. 

 

Vickie came to the Healds team in 2020 and is excited to have joined this professional and compassionate organization.

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James Field Assistant

Fairfax – James A. Field, a longtime area resident and former Fairfax Fire Chief, passed away early Friday, October 30th, 2020, at his home with family by his side.

Jim was born at home in North Ferrisburgh on April 10th, 1941, the son of the late Stanley and Grace (Kimball) Field. Jim was 79 years old.

On August 16th, 1963, in North Ferrisburgh, he married Daisy Tracy who survives him.
Jim was a member of the first graduating class at Vergennes Union High School and then worked as a mechanic, as well as Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes. In 1963, he became the youngest State Representative in the State of Vermont, where he served two terms. He was listed in the Who’s Who and Outstanding Young Men of Vermont. He was a 55-year member of the Friendship Lodge # 24, F&AM in Charlotte.

Jim moved to the St. Albans/Fairfax area in 1966 to open Maynard Auto Supply Store, retiring in 1999 as Manager. He was a 40+ year member and former Chief of the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, a member and former President of the Franklin County International Fire Fighters Association, Vermont State Firefighters Association and for many years the St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce. For the past thirteen years Jim has been a valuable attendant of the Heald Funeral Home family.


Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Daisy, as well as his very special daughter, Cheryl Field Twarog and husband, John, of Louisiana, and his special son, James A. Field II and wife, Julianne, of Pennsylvania. He was a proud grandfather to four grandchildren, Connor and Danielle Field, and Evan and Cam Twarog.


He is also survived by his sisters and their husbands, Helen and Dick Sheldon, Lois O’Brien and Kathy Stewart; brother, Stanley Field and his wife, Linda, many nieces and nephews, as well as a very special girl, Carolyn Stewart Stames, who he watched grow up.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Robert Field and wife, Floreda, and brothers-in-law, Pete O’Brien, and Walter Stewart.


Jim’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, from 9:00 to 11:00AM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, Saint Albans, Vermont.


A graveside service will follow at 1:30PM at the North Ferrisburgh Cemetery, Old Hollow Road, Ferrisburgh, with Fairfax Fire Department Chaplain, the Reverend Father Henry P. Furman officiating.


It was Jim’s wish that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Fairfax Fire Department, c/o James A. Field Fire Station, 15 Goodall Street, Fairfax, Vermont 05454.

Raymond "Rett" Heald

Owner/Director
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Raymond, better known as Rett, is President of the Heald Funeral Home. He graduated in 1979 from Hudson Valley Mortuary College in Troy, New York and became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer shortly thereafter. He is the son of Howard G. “Bud” Heald, and a fourth-generation Heald in funeral service in St. Albans. He is married to Emily (Paquin) and they have two children, Christopher, a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, who is currently a CPA with Kittell, Brannigan and Sargent and Meghan, a graduate of the University of Vermont, who is a teacher at Highgate Elementary School. Rett has served as President of the Vermont Funeral Directors Association and presently serves on the D-Mort Disaster Team for New England, which is responsible for identifying remains and assisting bereaved families at times of disaster. In this capacity he assisted at the “Egypt Air Crash” and the World Trade Center Attack.

 

Rett is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and sugaring. He has completely remodeled his home and is quite accomplished with woodworking and carpentry. He is a member of the “Call Force” for the St. Albans City Fire Department. He is Treasurer for the St. Albans Cemetery Association.

 

Rett’s expertise, experience, and compassion will serve you well when it is your responsibility to see that someone dear to you has a fitting memorial.

Emily Heald

Owner
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Emily is the wife of Rett and works full time at the Northwestern Medical Center. She is now responsible for the daily business of the funeral home.

Lucien Hayes

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Lucien is a native of the seacoast area of New Hampshire where he was raised on a small family dairy farm.   He graduated from the New England Institute of Funeral Service, Boston, and began his career in funeral service over 50 years ago with the prestigious firm of Tasker & Chesley Funeral Home in Dover, NH.   In the mid-seventies he relocated to Fairfax, Vermont, where he and his late wife Carol were the proprietors and funeral directors of the Hayes-Rich Funeral Home.  After the sale of the business in the late nineties, Lucien became an associate with the Heald Funeral Home, serving as funeral director and embalmer. 

 

Lucien is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both New Hampshire and Vermont.   He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, having served on the Policy Board, member, and past president of the Vermont Funeral Directors Association.  Lucien served with the National Disaster Mortuary Service – DMORT Region l, at the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, Warwick (RI) Night Club, as well as several other national incidents.  He is a life member of the Fairfax Fire Department where he served as secretary and safety officer for several years.  Currently, Lucien is a member of the Fairfax Cemetery Commission and President of Fairfax Plains Cemetery Association and for several years served on the Fairfax Development Review Board. 

 

Lucien is married to Sherry Scott, a retired funeral director from the state of California who returned to her native state of Vermont.   Together Lucien and Sherry share seven children and 16 grandchildren residing in Vermont, Tennessee, Georgia, and California.

 

Lucien and Sherry enjoy spending time together, especially at the lake, boating, traveling, and family time with their children and grandchildren. 

 

Robert L. Covey

Funeral Director
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Bob grew up in Southern Vermont and was a graduate of the Albany Campus of Russell Sage College and New England Institute in Boston. His family has been in funeral service since 1915 and, following graduation from college, Bob returned home to assume operation of the family business in Wilmington. 

 

In 1984, Bob and his wife, Kathie, acquired funeral homes in Bennington, Arlington and Manchester, Vermont, operating them until 2003. In 2004, Bob moved to Underhill and began working with the Heald Funeral Home on a part time basis as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

 

 Bob and Kathie have three grown children, Mark, Jeremy and Erin and grandsons, Isaiah and Elijah. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Past President of the Vermont Funeral Directors Association, served 5 years on the Vermont State Board of Funeral Service and is a former member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Disaster Mortuary Service - DMORT Region 1 and the Vermont Army National Guard. He attends the United Church of Underhill.



Bob enjoys golf, walking and spending time with his grandsons. He was formerly a licensed pilot and still enjoys all types of aviation.

Casey Lynn McNally

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Stanley Dukas

Assistant
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Stan joined us in 1997 when he retired from IBM in Essex Junction as a second-level manager. While at IBM, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans in 1960 and served in the U. S. Army from 1960 to 1963.

 

He married, Sandy Thomas, who passed away on May 18th, 2019.  Their five children, Shari, Tom, twins, Jerry and Gary, Stephanie are all young adults now, and have seventeen children. Stan and Sandy were very active in their sporting events, especially hockey, when their children were growing up. Much of Stan’s spare time is spent building their new home, a craft at which he excels.

 

Stan is known and liked by everyone, and enjoys people. This makes him a very valuable member of our team.

Normand Choinere

Assistant
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Normand Choinere was born in Highgate Center in 1945. He graduated from Highgate High School in 1966. After that he attended and graduated from the Northeast School of Broadcasting in Boston. It was during the Vietnam Era, so shortly after school, Norm joined the Army and served part of his time at Fort Rucker, Alabama and then onto Vietnam. After his military service, Mr Choinere worked in New York City for Broadcasting Magazine for approximately a year. He then returned to Vietnam and worked as a photojournalist for over a year and spent six weeks as a photojounalist in the Middle East. Upon returning to Vermont, Normand worked for WPTZ-TV of Plattsburgh, New York as its Vermont reporter and weekend news anchor. 

 

In 1974, Norm bought Houghton's Store on South Main Street in St. Albans and shortly after renamed it Books and Things and later it became known as The Champlain Collection. Normand sold the custom frame portion of his business and continues to be publisher and distributor for the art of Fred Swan.

 

 Normand was married to Nancy (Thuot) Choinere who passed away on March 5, 2015. They have two children - Cynthia Murtagh of Kittery Point, ME and James Murtagh of Truckee, CA and one granddaughter, Hiliary Murtagh of Allston, MA.

 

 Norm is proud to be serving the community as an Associate at the Heald Funeral Home.

Alan B. McFeeters

Assistant
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A native of St. Albans and lifelong resident, he retired in 2003 after spending nearly 40 years in a local service industry. During his career, he served as President of the St. Albans Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Vermont. He was involved in United Way, St. Albans Rotary Club and the American Heart Association.


He presently is a volunteer in the Vermont Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program and also a mentor in SCORE, a volunteer business consulting organization.


He is married to his wife, Dale and enjoys a joined family of seven and thirteen grandchildren. He joined the staff of the Heald Funeral Home on January 1, 2012.

Thomas G. Snyder

Assistant
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Tom was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts and then served for 5 years as an Operations Specialist in the United States Navy.

 

 In 1982, he was hired by the FAA, and went to their Academy in Oklahoma City. Upon graduation he started his career as an Air Traffic Controller in the Westfield Tower, Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield Massachusetts. In 1987, he was transferred to the Burlington Vermont Tower/Approach until his retirement in January of 2013.

 

 Tom and his wife, Priscilla have been married for 28 years and have 2 daughters, Olivia, a senior at the University of Vermont and Julia, a junior at St. Michaels College.

 

 Tom is active in Fire Service, having been with the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department from 1987-1989 and been with the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department since 2001, where presently he serves as Chief.

 

 In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf.

David Raymond

Assistant
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David grew up in St. Albans. He graduated from BFA St. Albans, class of 1995. Dave started his journey in Fire service in 1998, becoming a career member of St. Albans City Fire Dept in 2000. He then left City Fire Dept in 2012, to take position as first full-time member of the Fairfax Fire Dept.  Dave also is a member of Fairfax Rescue.

 

Jay Sweeny

Coach Chauffeur
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Jay is a lifelong resident of the area having grown up in St. Albans Bay, the son of William and Barbara Sweeny. He graduated from BFA St. Albans in 1980 and attended UVM. In 1985 He was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Franklin County Sheriffs Office where he remained until his retirement in 2017. He remained as a part time Deputy until he fully retired in 2019. Jay started with the Heald Funeral Home in the spring of 2019.

 

Jay was recently married to Ruth Miller and still resides in St. Albans Bay with their two labs Ruby and Sassafras. Jay has one Son, Justin who is a full-time member of the VT Air National Guard and a part time Sheriff’s Deputy as well as a step son Travis Miller and his wife Kate who reside in Colchester with their two sons, Jackson and Quinton. 

 

Jay has been an active member of the St. Albans Town Fire Department since 1980. He also sits on the VT Fish and Wildlife Board as well as the St. Albans Bay Cemetery Board of Directors. His family has taken care of the Bay Cemetery and the Point Cemetery since the early 1970’s and he is currently the head caretaker of the two cemeteries owned by the association.

 

In his spare time, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys woodworking and wood carving.

Mike Boulerice

Assistant
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Mike is a lifelong resident of St. Albans, who joined the staff at The Heald Funeral Home in July of 2018.

 

Throughout his professional career he worked in St. Albans as a Banker, Recreation Director for The City of St. Albans, Energizer and Ben & Jerry’s.

 

Youth sports have always been a passion of his.  He coached Little League in St. Albans, served as Little League President and Vermont Little League District 3 Administrator between 1980 and 2000.  He still continues to umpire each season, primarily at tournament time.

 

In addition, he officiated high school basketball in Vermont for 40 years retiring in 2017.  He remains active in that organization as their Secretary/Treasurer, having served in that position for the last 15 years.

 

 In 2018, he started to umpire high school softball which he enjoys immensely.

 

He is married to his wife, Sherry and enjoys a joined family of three grown sons, Rob, Brian and Phil and their three grandchildren, Grant, Ellis and Beckett.

 

In his spare time, he enjoys substitute teaching.

Sherry Scott

Assistant
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Sherry Scott recently became association with the Heald Funeral Home after returning to her native state to semi-retire.  

 

She has been in funeral service for over 45 years having owned and operated a prestigious Southern California funeral home.    She served six years on the board of the California Funeral Directors Association, chairing the Public Relations Committee for three of those years and serving on the Membership and Ethics Committee and the Legislative Committee.   She was a founding member and former president of the Gold Coast Funeral Directors Association which encompasses Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County funeral establishments.

Sherry is currently a member of the St Albans Rotary Club and had been a member of the Ventura Rotary Club since 199l. 

 

Married to funeral director, Lucien Hayes, they share seven children and 16 grandchildren residing in Vermont, Tennessee, Georgia, and California.

 

Lucien and Sherry enjoy spending time together, especially at the lake, boating, traveling, and family time with their children and grandchildren. 

Vicki Eaton

Assistant
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Vicki  was raised in Fairfield and has traveled the world, but always returns home to her roots in Vermont.

 

She and her husband have been married for 17 years and have a wonderful family consisting of three children and five grandchildren and one four legged son Murphy.

 

Vicki pursued a career in the fashion industry which subsequently led to her career in jewelry. Vicki and her husband have owned Eaton's Fine Jewelry for 15 years, where Vicki enjoys interacting with every customer who comes in.   

 

She has many interests including decorating, gardening, reading and her biggest interest is her grandchildren!

 

Vicki joined Heald's Funeral Home in 2018 where she feels honored to be part of such a highly respected compassionate business in the community.

Victoria "Vickie" Isham

Assistant
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Vickie was born and raised in St. Albans, attending Bellows Free Academy and a graduate from Castleton State College. 

 

She pursed a career in nursing until 1999, then her entrepreneurial sprite lead her to Howards The Flower Shop where she continues to deliver happiness through flowers.

 

 Vickie and her life partner Greg enjoy sharing the responsibility of raising two children, Sydney attending Bellows Free Academy and Noah attending Pace University.

 

 In her spare time she enjoys her dogs, gardening and raising an eclectic mix of farm animals. 

 

Vickie came to the Healds team in 2020 and is excited to have joined this professional and compassionate organization.

James Field

Assistant
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Fairfax – James A. Field, a longtime area resident and former Fairfax Fire Chief, passed away early Friday, October 30th, 2020, at his home with family by his side.

Jim was born at home in North Ferrisburgh on April 10th, 1941, the son of the late Stanley and Grace (Kimball) Field. Jim was 79 years old.

On August 16th, 1963, in North Ferrisburgh, he married Daisy Tracy who survives him.
Jim was a member of the first graduating class at Vergennes Union High School and then worked as a mechanic, as well as Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes. In 1963, he became the youngest State Representative in the State of Vermont, where he served two terms. He was listed in the Who’s Who and Outstanding Young Men of Vermont. He was a 55-year member of the Friendship Lodge # 24, F&AM in Charlotte.

Jim moved to the St. Albans/Fairfax area in 1966 to open Maynard Auto Supply Store, retiring in 1999 as Manager. He was a 40+ year member and former Chief of the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, a member and former President of the Franklin County International Fire Fighters Association, Vermont State Firefighters Association and for many years the St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce. For the past thirteen years Jim has been a valuable attendant of the Heald Funeral Home family.


Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Daisy, as well as his very special daughter, Cheryl Field Twarog and husband, John, of Louisiana, and his special son, James A. Field II and wife, Julianne, of Pennsylvania. He was a proud grandfather to four grandchildren, Connor and Danielle Field, and Evan and Cam Twarog.


He is also survived by his sisters and their husbands, Helen and Dick Sheldon, Lois O’Brien and Kathy Stewart; brother, Stanley Field and his wife, Linda, many nieces and nephews, as well as a very special girl, Carolyn Stewart Stames, who he watched grow up.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Robert Field and wife, Floreda, and brothers-in-law, Pete O’Brien, and Walter Stewart.


Jim’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, from 9:00 to 11:00AM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, Saint Albans, Vermont.


A graveside service will follow at 1:30PM at the North Ferrisburgh Cemetery, Old Hollow Road, Ferrisburgh, with Fairfax Fire Department Chaplain, the Reverend Father Henry P. Furman officiating.


It was Jim’s wish that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Fairfax Fire Department, c/o James A. Field Fire Station, 15 Goodall Street, Fairfax, Vermont 05454.