2019 Harry S. Cutting Award Jr. Recipient
James (Jim) Heald has been named the 2019 recipient of the Harry S. Cutting, Jr. Award. This prestigious award honors those who embody the spirit of Harry S. Cutting, Jr. through remarkable and selfless efforts to enhance the community of Shrewsbury.
Jim graduated from Shrewsbury High School. With a demonstrated commitment to community service and involvement, Jim's many behind-the-scenes efforts include serving as a member of the Board of Directors that organizes the annual Turkey Trot for the Memory. An honored Thanksgiving morning tradition for many families in Shrewsbury and beyond, the run/walk benefits the MA/NH Alzheimer’s Association. Jim has made a significant impact in securing sponsorship as well as publicizing the event, even showcasing his sense of humor the day of by dressing the part, cheering runners and walkers on in a festive head-to-toe turkey costume while driving a Vespa, bicycle or any wheeled vehicle that will allow him to thank as many people as he can along the route. As a board member of SYFS from 2012-2016, Jim Co-Chaired the annual gala in 2014 and would later serve as its auctioneer. At his home parish of St. Mary’s, where he served as a lector and Parish Council member, Heald entertained the crowds and successfully raised monies at the trivia night/pub quiz during the annual family festival.
However, Jim's lifelong passion has been in funeral service. From a young age, he knew his vocation was helping families navigate through difficult times. As a former funeral home owner, Jim’s talent for organizing dynamic life celebration events helped families and friends begin their healing, often changing the way in which people experienced funerals and death. His interest in well-written obituaries enabled him to write masterful life stories which truly captured the essence of the person.
Heald is currently working in Training and Development for Life Celebration Inc., based outside of Philadelphia. He also serves as a consultant for funeral homes in the greater Boston area.
The SYFS Board of Directors & Staff are honored to recognize Jim for giving of his time, talent and treasure in making Shrewsbury a better place and enhancing the quality of life in our community.
View photos from the 2019 SYFS Annual Breakfast & Harry S. Cutting, Jr. Cutting Award: