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Peter Heady

May 28, 1954 ~ March 4, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old


Peter Heady, 68, passed away Saturday, March 4th, surrounded by his family at home.

Born at St. Francis Hospital to William Heady and Margaret Walsh, Peter grew up as the middle of seven children. Peter was a lifelong resident of the Hyde Park and Rhinebeck area. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1972. Following high school, he served in the US Air Force before returning to the area to attend Dutchess Community College where he studied science and photography. His love of the arts grew, and inspired him to transfer to RIT, where he earned a degree in Film and Photography, and later served as part of RIT’s Board of Advisors.

Following college, he began his career in film. Starting with commercial work and feature film projects, he moved more into documentaries and independent films as his career progressed. Over the years, he worked for several New York City post-production houses, the most recent being Gold Crest Post in Manhattan.   

Peter was a talented musician. Despite his ability to play a wide variety of instruments, he narrowed his focus in later years to violin and then mandolin. Pete arranged for music lessons for himself and his children; and took the family to many music festivals over the years, including Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. 
Peter was also active with his children with 4-H. The family raised chickens, dairy goats, and market hogs.

Peter is survived by his wife Beth Valley Heady whom he married in 1989; his children, Brendan (and his wife, Amber), Riley, Seamus (and his wife, Sonya), and Casey; four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Aria, Carter and Mavis; siblings, Brian (and his wife, Coral) Heady, Peggy Bahret, Kathy (and her husband, Niel) Frederick, Eugene (and his wife, Lisa) Heady and Patricia French; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Calling Hours are Friday, March 10th, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 West Market St., Rhinebeck. Military Honors, Vigil services and remembrances will begin at 6:30 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 11th, 10:00 AM, at Regina Coeli Roman Catholic Church, Hyde Park. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. The family invites all attendees for continued fellowship at a memorial celebration following the services on Saturday. Time and location to be announced.   

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hudson Valley Chapter, NY ,2649 South Road, Suite 101, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.


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Calling Hours
March 10, 2023

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dapson Chestney Funeral Home
51 West Market St PO Box 515
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Memorial Mass
March 11, 2023

10:00 AM
Regina Coeli Roman Catholic Church
2 Harvey St.
Hyde Park, NY 12538

March 11, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Peter's Cemetery Poughkeepsie
171 Salt Point Turnpike
poughkeepsie, NY 12603


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