Winchester Press – obit – Edward Francis Rooney
Edward Francis Rooney
Frank was born on the Rooney Farm at Rooney’sCorners, near Johnstown, the fourth of five children born to EdwardLawrence and Roseanna Cecilia (Savor) Rooney.
Frank was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Mary (Mitten), thesecond of his three sons, Louis, his grandson, Ryan, and his eldestbrother, Lawrence (Doc).
Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Daisley; his children,Michael (Nancy) of Calgary, Rosann Mullins of Nepean, Mary (Barry)Lemoine of Orleans, Edward (Nancy) of Caledon East, Colleen ofToronto, Caroline (Ray Telford) of Iroquois; daughter-in-law,Audrey of Iroquois; his step- children, David Daisley (Nadine)of Hull, Tracey (Todd) Larocque of Iroquois; his sisters and brother,Julia Rooney of Ottawa, Catherine Burns of Ottawa, and Patrick(Nancy) of Richmond, B.C.; his 17 grandchildren, Sean (Trish),Erin, Shannon, Shauna, Adam, Amanda, Jason (Erinn), Spencer (Lucy),Erica, Scott, Bryce, Jenna, David, Tanya, Christopher, Jaime,Alek; his cousins, Lilian Laushway of Ottawa, Joseph Crites ofCardinal; and several nieces and nephews.
Frank married Margaret Mitten in 1950 and they had seven childrenby 1958. Together, they carried on the family farming traditionuntil the Rooney farm was expropriated by the provincial governmentin 1960. Frank moved his family to Spencerville in 1961 wherehe worked as a carpenter. In 1962 he purchased Merkley Feed &Seed in Iroquois, renaming the business Rooney Feeds. Shortlythereafter he moved his family to the “Best Town by a DamSite.” So began Frank Rooney’s commitment to serving theIroquois community.
Frank, his wife Margaret, and two employees were the first staffmembers of Rooney Feeds. Working 12 hour days, six days per week,they built the business into a centre for the local farming community.Upon Frank’s retirement, his son, Louis, took over the reins,and today Rooney Feeds is operated by his grandson, Spencer.
Perhaps some would find raising a family of seven and runninga business challenging, but Frank Rooney was a multi-tasker. Overa period of eighteen years he served as a member of the IroquoisPublic Library Board, councillor and reeve of Iroquois, directorand chairman of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA),and charter member and president of the ROMA Insurance Program.He was also an active member of the Iroquois Lions Club. The communityrecognized Frank for his many contributions, honouring him withthe Citizen of the Year Award in 1983.
Frank was a devoted Catholic and served the St. Cecilia’s Catholiccommunity for forty-four years. He was a member of the FatherBernard Coyle Knights of Columbus (6882) where he served as GrandKnight from 1996-1999.
Frank was a kind, caring, generous gentleman who was always lendinga helping hand, in a quiet way, whenever needed. He was an astutebusinessman and a respected pillar of the community. He was knownfor his quick wit, his strong work ethic, and his warm personality.As a neighbor and friend, he was both valued and trusted. Frankwas truly a loving and loyal family man. He was extremely proudof his children and grandchildren and celebrated their numerousaccomplishments.
Over the past ten years, Frank and his wife, Carol, shared manyspecial times with family and friends.
Frank Rooney is, and will continue to be, truly missed. He willbe in our hearts forever.