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Howard George "Bud" Heald

February 4, 1936 December 3, 2006
Howard George "Bud" Heald
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St. Albans - Howard George Heald, 70, a lifelong St. Albans resident and well known Funeral Director, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, December 3, 2006 at Northwestern Medical Center following an illness of a few months. His loving family was at his side. He was born in St. Albans on February 4, 1936, the oldest son of Raymond W. and Barbara (McCarron) Heald. In 1954, while attending the University of Vermont, Bud met Margaret Katherine Arnold of Bayshore, NY. They were married on August 16, 1958 in East Islip, NY. Bud was a member of the class of 1954, Bellows Free Academy, attended the University of Vermont and after his military service graduated from Simmons Mortuary College in Syracuse, NY. Bud was former Co-owner and President of the Heald Funeral Home where he was employed for over fifty years. He was a director of the Peoples Trust Company, a Trustee of the St. Albans Bay Cemetery Association for over 35 years, and a past President of the Vermont Funeral Directors Association. He also was a Past Master of Franklin Lodge #4, F. & A.M. and a member, former Deacon and Trustee of the First Congregational Church. He was a member of Champlain Country Club, the Board of Incorporators of Northwestern Medical Center and a 27 year member of St. Albans Lodge 1566, BPOE. He was a charter member of the eight-o-clock coffee group which has been meeting for over 35 years. He served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of Green Mountain Post #1, American Legion. Besides his best friend and wife of over 48 years, Peg, Bud is survived by three children; his son, Raymond A. "Rett" and his wife, Emily of St. Albans, daughters, Elizabeth J. "Bet" Howrigan and her husband, Harold John, Jr., of Fairfield, and Dr. Barbara F. "Barb" Fowke and her husband, Mark of Auburn, NH, seven grandchildren; Christopher Jon Heald and his friend, Danielle Messier of St. Albans, Meghan Elizabeth Heald of St. Albans, Harold John Howrigan III, Brendan Anthony Howrigan, Amy Elizabeth Howrigan and Adam Phillip Howrigan all of Fairfield, and Thomas Fowke of Auburn NH, two brothers and their wives; Winslow R. and Sheila Heald of St. Albans, Stephen W. and Patricia Heald of Shrewsbury, MA, a sister and her husband, Sandra B. and Robert Pratt of Westfield, MA. Also several nieces, nephews and cousins. No where will be found more kind or gentle people than the friends, neighbors, co-workers and doctors and nurses of the Northwestern Medical Center who have helped to make these last few weeks easier for Bud and his family. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 A.M. in the First Congregational Church on Church Street in St. Albans. Pastor Judy Steger Kennedy Will officiate. Following private interment in the Heald/Arnold Family lot in St. Albans Bay Cemetery, Bud's family will join all who wish to come to the American Legion Hall, Parah Drive, St. Albans for a time of refreshment and sharing. Public visitation will be on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either the Palliative Care Program at Northwestern Medical Center, Fairfield St, St. Albans, VT 05478, or Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. Assisting Bud's family are his many friends in Funeral Service. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family through www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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