Donald J. Cooney, a longtime member of St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Churchville, died July 22, 2004, at the age of 95.
Over the years, Mr. Cooney had been very involved in his parish. He served as an usher, was a volunteer with the parish’s bingo program for 35 years and regularly attended daily Mass, sometimes even serving on the altar.
In the 1930s, Mr. Cooney played for the Holley Moose, a local semi-pro baseball team, and worked as an ambulance driver for St. Mary’s Hospital. He joined the Army in 1942 and served as an infantry medic in the Pacific Islands during World War II, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
When he returned to the Rochester area after serving overseas, Mr. Cooney began working at a Churchville farm-implement company owned by his brother, Ellery. He also worked as a golf-course groundskeeper for the Monroe County Parks Department, a position he held until his retirement in 1975.
Mr. Cooney enjoyed gardening and spending time with his friends and neighbors, all of whom had a standing invitation to his house at 4 p.m. every day for a glass of wine.
Mr. Cooney was predeceased by his wife, Helen; his brothers, Ellery and Bernard; and his sisters, Agnes Ennis, Thelma McDonald, Mary Cooney, Monica Bailey, Sister of St. Joseph Anne Elizabeth Cooney and Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy Cooney. He is survived by his sister, Rosella Hartman; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
His memorial Mass was held July 26 at St. Vincent DePaul Church, with burial in the church’s cemetery. Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.