Healey spent much of his retirement at his home in Alfriston, near Eastbourne in Sussex. He talked of the need for a hinterland beyond politics - he was fond of music, poetry and photography. No one should be one dimensional.
Remembered for his role on the political stage there were many examples of his brilliant wit in the House of Commons chamber. He had some great barbs directed at Margaret Thatcher, such as when he accused her of "adding the diplomacy of Alf Garnett to the economics of Arthur Daley."
He also described her as "la pasionaria of middle class privelige" and comparing her to Florence Nightingale declared "She stalks through the wards of our hospital as the lady with the lamp. Unfortunately it's a blow lamp."
On being attacked by Tory Chancellor Geoffrey Howe he likened it to "being savaged by a dead sheep."
A great wit, ranconteur and politician, the like of whom we are unlikely to see again.