George James "Jim" Cooney, 90, who will be sadly missed by family and friends, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at his home, in Erie. He was born in Erie, Pa., on January 23, 1924, to the late Charles and Rose (Straub) Cooney.
He attended and graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary School, Academy High School and Gannon University. During WWII
, he served in the U.S. Navy
. Jim retired from General Electric, where he worked as an accountant, and later worked part-time at JCPenney. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Church, where he served as an usher most of his adult life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marilyn Louise (Weber) Cooney, in 1984; six brothers, Charles, John "Jack," Kenneth, Robert, Ralph, and Thomas Cooney; and a sister, Ruth Merritt.
Survivors include his nine children, Karen McCann and her husband Thomas, of Mayville, N.Y., Sharon Rose, of Wilton Mannors, Fla., John Cooney and his wife Sheila, of Fairview, Pa., Greg Cooney and his wife Anne, of Sarasota, Fla., Judy Swartzbeck and her husband Dale, of Jackson Center, Pa., Colleen Cubitt and her husband Dale, of Fairview, Daniel Cooney, of Erie, Tom Cooney, of Wilton Mannors, Fla., and Sean Cooney and his wife Sarah, of Dallas, Ga.; two sisters, Mary Dunlavey, of Florida, and Natalie Uhlman, of Rochester, N.Y. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Saturday from 4 until 8 p.m., at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Boulevard. Services will be private, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the
, 2115 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16508, or Asera Care Hospice, 1600 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505.