James "Jim" Mooney 78 of Palmetto, Florida formerly of Brewster, New York, died Saturday, January 11, 2014, after a short illness at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Jim was born in Bronx, New York on July 27, 1935. He grew up in Yonkers, NY and attended Yonkers city schools, graduating from Saunders Technical High School. He married the former Phyllis Wondrasch in 1956 and moved to Brewster, NY in the early 60's where he raised his family of five children. Jim was employed by the Consolidated Edison Company of New York for almost fifty years, mostly at the Indian Point Energy Center. He was one of the original Con Edison employees transferred to Indian Point during its construction, starting at Indian Point 1 in late 1959. He was a subject matter expert in instrumentation and controls, and was promoted to positions of increased responsibility, eventually becoming the Instrument & Controls Department Superintendent for all three Indian Point Units. He holds a patent in nuclear power concerning reactor control rod drive testing in bypass. He designed many of the systems still being used at Indian Point to this day. He enjoyed coaching in the Brewster Little League youth baseball and, in the mid 1970's founded and managed the Brewster Elks 16 - 18 year old baseball team that was undefeated for several seasons. He was active in the Brewster Elks Lodge, and he enjoyed playing Santa Claus. He also served as Esquire for over ten years in the Palmetto Elks Lodge. He was a parishioner at St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife Sandy Mooney of Palmetto, Florida and five children: Patricia Mooney (Gary) Pozvek of Naugatuck, CT; James (Tiffanie) Mooney Jr. of Tarrytown, NY; Nancy Mooney (Karl) Krug of Torrington, CT; Michael (Claire) Mooney of Chattanooga, TN and Linda Mooney (Art) Norrie of Georgetown, TX. Jim also had three step children Rebecca (Remi) Lleshi of Watertown, CT; Nathan (Maren) Peck of Watertown, CT; and Abigail Peck of Palmetto FL. He was preceded in death by his first wife Phyllis, his parents William J. Mooney, Sr. and Catherine Mooney, and his brother William J. Mooney, Jr. Jim and Sandy shared 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Jim loved his wife and family very much. He enjoyed math, nuclear science, history, and traveling the world with his wife Sandy. Jim was an avid New York Giant, New York Ranger, and especially, New York Yankees fan. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family. There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, January18th at 11:00am at the Kicliter Funeral Home, 517 8th Ave W, Palmetto, Florida 34221. Tel. (941) 722-0204.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Jan. 15, 2014