Bernard A. Heald


Bernard (“Bernie”) Allyn Heald, 77, of Ballston Spa, passed away at his home with his family on May 2, 2018. Bernie was born in Farmington, Maine on June 28, 1940, son of Bernard and Helen Heald. Bernie was a graduate of Strong High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. Bernie married his wife, Cathy, also of Maine, and they moved to Saratoga County where Bernie had a 20-year career working as a radiological health consultant for the Health Department of the State of New York. Bernie later worked as the Building Inspector for the Town of Malta until his retirement. Throughout his life, Bernie was a builder – he designed and constructed his home in Malta – and he helped many neighbors and friends in his community with building projects.

Bernie was a former member of the Malta Ridge Fire Company and at one time also served as the president of that organization. As an avid stock car fan and member of the New York State Stock Car Association, Bernie enjoyed working at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta. Over the years, Bernie helped with multiple projects at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and held various positions such as Handicapper, Scorer, Pit Steward and Assistant Race Director. All of the people in Bernie’s racing family were very special to him and the time he spent with them added greatly to the richness of his life. Bernie was also a member of the Mason’s Blue Mountain Lodge of Philips, Maine. Bernie loved being with his family in Maine, attending college basketball games, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Bernie was predeceased by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife, Cathy, as well as by his three children Allyn Heald , Scott Heald, Zoe Peek and her husband Kenneth Peek, and Bernie’s grandson, Joshua Heald. Bernie had no siblings but was blessed to have his wife Cathy’s many brothers and sisters whom he loved and had known since they were children.

Thank you to Dr. Edward Liebers and his staff at Saratoga Oncology for their care and compassion. Dr. Liebers and his wonderful staff became almost like family to Bernie. A special thank you to Saratoga Community Hospice and Arlene and Jamie who were angels on earth through their comforting care and concern.

A celebration of Bernie’s life will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta from 1 to 6 PM and will include a ceremony at 2 PM. Burial will take place during the summer at Porter Lake in New Vineyard, Maine at the family camp which is “heaven on earth.”

Memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Malta Ridge Fire Company, 5 Hearn Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Guest Book

Dan David & Peter Moran (Greg's Friends)

Dear Cathy, Greg, Zoe & Ken, Scott, Josh, extended family and friends -

Our hearts are with you all at this sad time. We hope your memories of Bernie bring you comfort.

We love the fact that Bernie was so fully immersed in every aspect of his life and so completely dedicated to his people. One of our favorite memories of Bernie is the weekend he arrived here in Ossining along with a "kit" to single-handedly transform Greg's deck into an oasis. His design included a huge lattice wall for privacy, a handsome arbor, and a swing for lounging. We arrived to "help" at the appointed moment, just in time to watch Bernie tighten the last lag bolt on his own... with a smile on his face and a proud glint in his eye.

We will remember him frozen in that moment. Heartfelt condolences to you all.
- Dan & Peter

Rick Groff

Cathy and family, so very sad to hear of Bernie’s passing. I have many fond memories of Bernie and our time at Malta Ridge Fire as well as at Croteau’s Sevicenter. I am proud to have called him friend and have known him in this life.
Rick Groff

Kelley Bouchard

I'll never forget the day Bernie and Cathy came to me and my Mom's rescue when Mom's toilet was ready to overflow! He saved the day and the floors. My two girls, Balbina and Ada, knew him as Uncle Bernie. He will be remembered for his kindness! (And his LOVE of stock cars) Godspeed dear Bernie