He was born Jan. 13, 1952 in Syracuse to James and Catherine Healy. He grew up in Syracuse, Niagara Falls and Williamsville before graduating from Jamesville-Dewitt High School where he found his passion for singing and acting.
After high school, he attended Paul Smith’s College where he honed his skills as an accomplished chef. He went on to earn his Certified Executive Chef’s designation and was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs.
After many executive chef positions, he worked for Aramark. He then went on to work for SYSCO Foods in 2007, the largest food distributor in North America, as both a business review manager and in their marketing department.
Mr. Healy was wed to Andrea Castiglione in May of this year.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fulton and choir, where he was loved for his humor and compassion as well as his voice.
He was recognized as Chef of the Year by both the West Virginia and Rochester chapters of the American Culinary Federation. He had also served as past president for both chapters and sat on their boards while mentoring many.
He is survived by his father, James G. Healy; his wife, Andrea Healy; two daughters, Kelly and Jamie Healy; a brother, James J. Healy; a sister, Mary I. Healy; his aunt, Jean Kaczenski; a niece, Christine Perkins; a nephew, James A. Healy as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine (Kay) Healy.
The family greeted friends Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Fulton, 1408 State Route 176, Fulton, NY. Chefs are encouraged to wear chef attire to honor Chef Paul.