David Cooney Sr.
David M. Cooney, 87, of Sugar Notch, PA died February 4th, 2016. At the time of his death, David was residing with his wife and family in Glenmoore, PA. David was named after his maternal grandfather David Lewis and Uncle Brigadier General David C. Lewis, a graduate of West Chester University ‘32
Born October 23, 1928 in Sugar Notch, he was the son of the late Manus J. Cooney and Winifred L. Lewis.
David was a 1946 graduate of St. Mary’s High School. David served in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Little Rock, USS Oregon City, and LST 1032 as Chief Quartermaster of Navigation. He received an honorable discharge from the navy and returned to Sugar Notch.
In 1952, David went to Buffalo, New York, and began his career with American Airlines in Buffalo, New York and Dallas/Fort Worth Texas.
In 1953, David returned to marry his grade/high school sweetheart Barbara M., (nee Munley) of Wilkes Barre/Scranton also a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. Returning to Buffalo with his wife, David worked over 35 years, retiring from American Airlines in Dallas/Fort Worth in 1986.
Traveling to family for weekends and holidays, David and his wife never lost touch with their Pennsylvania roots. Upon retirement, David and his family moved to Mountaintop, PA., where David and his wife were active member of the Saint Jude’s Parish, Mountaintop PA, and worked part-time for PNC Bank of Wilkes Barre. In 1990, David along with his wife returned to the Dallas/ Fort Worth area where they were active in St. Michael’s Church, Grand Prairie, TX and enjoyed travelling to Las Vegas, NV and Wilkes Barre/Philadelphia to visit family.
David M. Cooney was also a member of the American Legion and the American Airlines 3 Diamond Club. He was also an avid sports fan of the Texas Rangers and his beloved Buffalo Bills.
David is survived by his wife of 62 years Barbara M. Cooney (nee Munley) who currently resides in Glenmoore, PA with family.
Preceding David are brothers Manus J. Cooney, frm., VP PECO and his wife Cecilia Cooney, Wayne, PA and John Cooney, USAF, Tucson, AZ.
David is also survived by his brothers F. Donald Cooney, MD and wife Clare of Potomac, MD; Hon. Joseph F. Cooney Founder of University Legal Services (ULS) Washington, D.C. and wife author L. Marie Guillory, Washington D.C., Thomas P. Cooney of the Architect & Engineering Group and wife Nancy, Laflin, PA. David is also survived by his sister Winifred Cooney Gomeau, RN, of Old Saybrooke, CT.
In addition to his wife Barbara of 63 years, David is survived by his family, son David M. Cooney, Jr., and wife Marian (Cacchioli), granddaughters Katie and Keira, of Glenmoore PA, son Joseph F. Cooney and wife Kathy (Lichtel), granddaughters Sarah and Grace Ann of Bel Air, MD, and daughter Barbara Cooney Boese and husband Charles, grandson Kyle, of Keller, TX. David is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who have always brighten his life.
A celebration of David’s life with Military Honors will be held February 9th, at 11AM at the St. Elizabeth Church, Chester Springs, PA of which he and his wife were parishioners. Private interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township, Wilkes Barre PA.
“If Roses Grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in my Father’s arms and tell him they’re from me. Tell him we love him and miss him, and when he turns to smile, put a hand upon his shoulder and hold him for a while. Because remembering him is easy, we do it every day, but there’s an ache within our heart that will never go away.”
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.