James Peter Healy died last week of a heart attack at Tacoma’s Allenmore Hospital.
Healy served as a Pierce County Superior Court judge for 18 years before retiring in 1992 at age 75.
Known for treating minorities with unfailing respect, Healy was honored by the Pierce County Minority Bar Association upon his retirement.
“If Judge Healy was on the case, you felt you were going to get a fair case,” Tacoma attorney James Buckley, whose clientele was largely from minority groups, told The News Tribune back in 1992. “Maybe you didn’t prevail, but after it was all done, you felt you got a fair hearing.”
A funeral mass for the late judge is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1001 N. J St.
Here’s a link to his on-line obituary. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find Healy’s entry.