While Monty’s mother vacationed in a tent along the Bass River on Cape Cod with Monty’s two brothers – crabbing, sunning, swimming – and went into labor, delivering Monty at what was then Hyannis Hospital. Back home in Weymouth, Monty played baseball, basketball and football intermittently at Weymouth High School, graduating in 1951. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, and began his lifelong career in land surveying, after a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, stationed in post-war Korea. Lieutenant Healy’s duties included building a couple of bridges for a tank unit, a radio tower, a firing range, a garbage pit and many other fun projects.
After his honorable discharge, Monty formed a surveying firm with business partner Harry Tassell, who lived on Bay Road in Duxbury at the time. They worked together for five years then Monty bought out Harry’s interest. During this time he had two wonderful children with his first wife, Jeanne M. Healy – Erin, who is an editor at the Cape Cod Times (thank God) and Ted, who is an IT specialist. He continued his land surveying practice for another 50 years.
Monty married Grace E. Morong in 1973 and bought their Landing Road home in 1977. Their daughter Emelie followed in her father’s footsteps and is a civil engineer in Seattle, and she and her husband, Peter Crumbaker, gifted Monty with a grandson, Jackson Lamont, on June 28, 2014.
After 55 years of researching deeds, Monty was invited by Patrick T.J. Browne, who was the executive director of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society at the time, to research Duxbury’s early settlers. After starting the project Monty pitched his pilgrim and land grant stories to the Duxbury Clipper, which eagerly accepted the addition to the town’s history.
Although there was no better retirement job for a surveyor and history buff than this, Monty is grateful for the guidance both Patrick Browne and Carolyn Cusick Ravenscroft, DRHS archivist.