Gloucester native and lifelong resident, William O. (Billy) Healy Jr., 67, passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Billy was born on July 11, 1953 to Helen Moody Healy and the late William Otis Healy Sr. He is survived by his soulmate and wife of 35 years, Kathleen Claybrook Healy; daughter, Sarah Healy Harris (Jonathan); daughter, Rachel Healy Schey (Eric); granddaughter, Lucy V. Harris; sisters, Stephanie Wylie (Bill) and Mary Edmonds (Scott); brothers, Steve Healy (Pam) and Randy Healy, and a host of family and friends. Billy was a member of the Gloucester High School class of 1971. He attended Ferrum College, Virginia Tech, and Christopher Newport University. Billy had a passion for making all things outside more beautiful in his landscaping business for over 45 years. He was the President of Second Nature Landscaping, Inc., where he considered his clients his friends, not just customers. There are countless people who will remember him whenever they see the beauty of his handiwork on their property. The garden is where he communed with God and fellow Christians in this amazing world that we are a part of. His lasting legacy is that he left this world more beautiful than he found it. Billy loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, and golfing. He was a lifelong member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on Main Street, where he served as an elder and usher for many years. He also spent time making the church grounds beautiful. It was not uncommon for people to attend church just to see what dapper outfit Billy would be wearing on Sunday. Billy went effortlessly from khaki work pants and hats to bright, colorful sport coats and bow ties. He loved a good party, live music, and entertaining everyone on the dance floor.
His only grandchild Lucy, whom he lovingly called “Boogums,” was the apple of his eye. She single-handedly replaced all the other women in his life the moment he witnessed her birth. They enjoyed planting flowers, riding on the golf cart, collecting the chicken eggs, and eating sweets together. Although we are saddened that Billy will not be here for the arrival of his namesake and second grandchild, Otis Ray Harris, we know he will share in our joy. The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Haggerty, his staff, and his wife Kacki for their special care and compassion; the physicians and staff who attended to him at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Riverside Cancer Center, and Riverside Hospice. In memory of our loved one, memorial donations may be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Building Fund (P.O. Box 581, Gloucester, Va. 23061). Services will be private; under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.