Obituary of Charles Heady

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Charles Phillip Heady Jr. of Cortlandt Manor passed away at his home peacefully on Aug. 3. He was 95 years old.

Charles married Yolanda Marion Pisani on Oct. 12, 1955, at the Assumption Church in Peekskill and resided in Waterbury Manor in Cortlandt Manor until his passing. Charlie enjoyed travel with Yolanda and went on many vacations and cruises, including visits to Italy, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Portland, Alaska and the Caribbean.

He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Wayne and Mary and Jim and Jenny, and his eight grandchildren, Sarahjane, Charles, Dale and April and Matthew, Rebecca, Joseph and Hallie. He had many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Charlie was predeceased by his wife and his sisters, Vera Obuhanick and Althea Puff.

Charlie was born on Mar.18, 1926, in the family home on Oregon Road in Cortlandt Manor to Charles and Lillian Heady. He attended area schools in Peekskill and received an honorary diploma from Peekskill High School later in life as he chose to join the Navy during World War II to serve his country proudly. Charlie served from 1944 to 1946 aboard the USS St. Paul that saw combat action in the Pacific during the war, fired the last shots of the war at Tokyo Bay and was on hand for the signing of the armistice. After the signing, he was part of the occupying force stationed in Japan.

On return from the service, he worked at Owens Feed Store loading and driving trucks. Charlie also started his own excavating company and built his own house. From there he became a proud member of Local 456 (the Teamsters) where he was shop steward at Creed Brother’s Lumberyard for 29 years. Charlie finished his career with the Teamsters working as a heavy construction driver with Briar Construction.
Charlie was very involved in the community, serving more than 40 years as a member of the Cortlandt Zoning Board of Appeals and president of the Old Van Cortlandtville Cemetery. Charlie also had an appetite for politics and served as Republican District Leader for more than 40 years.

Charlie was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete or his favorite team, the New York Jets. He remembers the days when the Jets practiced in Peekskill and meeting Joe Namath. Please help bring home that championship!

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