Shrewsbury – Mr. Stephen W. Heald, Sr., of Shrewsbury, died at home on Monday night, September 28, 2009 surrounded by his family after a well fought fight with cancer. He was 67.
Steve was born February 17, 1942 in St. Albans, Vermont the third child of Raymond W. and Barbara (McCarron) Heald. He was raised and educated in St. Albans and was a graduate of Bellows Free Academy, class of 1960. He graduated from The University of Vermont in Burlington, Class of 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce, Economics and Accounting. He was President of Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Though raised in a family of three generations of funeral directors he left his much loved and native Vermont upon graduation and moved to Boston to work with Price Waterhouse Coopers. He married Patricia M. Dulligan in November of 1966 at St. Patrick's Church in Watertown. After having accepted a job as Controller for the former State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Worcester together they settled in Shrewsbury 1970 and raised their five children.
In 1979 Steve founded Heald CPA and Heald Computer Services, Inc. and ran the day-to-day operations of his business. Though numbers were his forte he treasured the relationships he had with many of his clients. To him they were more like friends who visited to swap stories, share a good laugh and drop off their taxes. Steve loved being a Certified Public Accountant and reminded his family this past year that he survived his final and 46th 'tax season'. He maintained professional associations in his field of accountancy and memberships locally in various organizations and his church. He also taught accounting and finance courses at area colleges and authored articles for trade journals and accounting publications.
Steve's passions were fishing, boating and woodworking. A skilled birdhouse maker he had a talent that was a gift in which he replicated the homes of family members and friends. He was able to fix most anything, albeit not perfect, but it was always an admirable attempt. He loved a good joke and laugh and will forever be remembered for his stories, many of which were long and repeated, but certainly entertaining. Lastly, anyone whom he met just once or knew for a lifetime was on his email distribution list. He had a great command of the English language and was skilled at writing. Steve was in touch with so many family and friends through email shortly before his death. This gave him such comfort as family and friends from near and far offered words of support, encouragement, thanks and well wishes for his next journey. It truly was a peace and love-filled good-bye.
He leaves his wife of nearly 45 years, Patricia M. (Dulligan) Heald; his children, Stephen W. Heald, Jr. and his wife, Ellen, of Danvers, Mary E. Holden and her husband, Charles, of Hopkinton, James D. Heald of West Newton, John M. Heald and his wife, Kathryn, of Shrewsbury and Katherine R. Heald of Worcester; his grandchildren, Matthew, Erin, Patrick and Bailey Heald, Kevin Keogh, Isabel, Madeleine and Charlotte Holden, Emma and Ellie Heald and Alexis Heald; his brother, Winslow R. 'Win' Heald and his wife, Sheila, of St. Albans, Vermont; his sister, Sandra R. Pratt and her husband, Bob, of Westfield; his sister-in-law, Peg Heald of St. Albans and many nieces and nephews.
Steve's granddaughter, Meaghan V. Heald died in 1995 and his brother, Howard H. 'Bud' Heald died in 2006.
Family and friends will honor and remember Steve's life by gathering for calling hours at The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:45a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.
A Knights of Columbus Ritual will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, Capital Campaign, 18 Summer Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or to 15-40.org, 17 Briden Street, Worcester, 01605.
For complete obituary, guest register, directions and a memorial tribute to Steve please visit www.tributes.com/stephenheald
On behalf of the entire Heald Family, Thank you for all the support and friendship you have shown to our family over the past days and for the days to come. This is the Story and Life Celebration of Stephen Heald. We love you Dad, We Miss you!