James Thomas Rooney, 50, passed away at Cape Cod Hospital on March 16, 2017.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 33 years Kerry Kenneally Rooney and their cherished daughters Molly Kathleen and Erin Elizabeth.
He was the beloved son of the late Diane C. (Howes) Rooney and Arthur M. Rooney. He was the dear brother of Carol A. (Rooney) Manfredi and her husband Richard, Sean C. Rooney and his wife Rachel (Miller.) The brother-in- law of Kathleen M. Kenneally and her husband Michael F. Morin, and Kevin T. Kenneally and his wife Rachael (Barabe.) His much loved nieces and nephews, Scott R. Manfredi, Meghann (Manfredi) Welsh and her husband James, Godson Patrick J. Manfredi and his wife Amy (Ferreira), Sierra E. Brown and Charlotte M. Rooney. He was the great uncle to Hayden M., J.Landen , Anthony J. and soon to be born great nephew Baby Boy Manfredi. He was the son-in-law to Joan A. Morin, his greatest fan.
He was predeceased by his brother and best friend Robert H. Rooney.
Jim was born on July 14, 1966 in Newton, Ma. He attended Wellesley Parochial Schools and moved to Cape Cod in 1981. He graduated from Barnstable High School in 1984.
In 1993, Jim became a custodian for the Town of Barnstable and found his passion. He fell in love with the Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary School staff, students, and most importantly Mr. Roy Thompson. As time went on, BWB became his home away from home. He was often known to be singing through the hallways. “Mr. Rooney” had a special way of making every student feel like they were his favorite.
He was an avid Boston sports fan, particularly the Boston Celtics. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and cribbage. As his mother would say “he could talk the monkeys out of the trees.”
Jim’s true joy was his family and friends. Whatever the occasion, he was the life of the party. He had a kind word for everyone he met and was a true friend to all.
If I leave here tomorrow,
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now
‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see…