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James M. "Jim" Mooney

James M. "Jim" Mooney Obituary
(Asbury Park Press)

James "Jim" M. Mooney, 79, of Ocean Gate, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 surrounded in the love and support of his devoted family, at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. Born, raised and educated in Newark, he was a member of the Newark Fire Department for 29 years where he retired as Captain of Rescue One and Hazardous Materials. Jim was primarily known for his tremendous voice and ability to sing in front of a crowd any size. He had the honor of singing at the Governor's Mansion on several occasions and in July 2009 was given the opportunity to sing for the President of the United States at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. In the summer, Jim kicked off the Berkeley Summer Concert Series with his powerful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. He also sang for the various organizations he belonged to: The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Garden State Irish Festival Committee, Newark St. Patrick's Day Committee, Irish American Society of the Oranges, The John Cryan Association, The Giblin Association, The McGovern Association, Holy Name Society, The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Brian Boru Association, Essex County Emerald Society, Ocean County Emerald Society, The Nugent Association, Ocean Gate Democratic Club, Ocean County Democratic Committee and served as President of The Ocean County Retired Police & Fire Association.
While Jim took great pride in many accomplishments, especially singing, nothing in this world made him more proud than his family. Survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (Daly) for 55 years, they had four children, Sharon Mackin (deceased), Maureen and husband, Michael DelPlato, James Kevin, and John Michael "Jack" (deceased), and nine grandchildren, Jennifer and husband, Scott, Siobhan, Jimmy Mackin, Shannon, Jimmy Mooney, Michael, TJ, Mary, Corinne and two great grandchildren, Scott and Tyler Schroeder.
Visitation will be held Monday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, O'Connell Chapel, 706 Route 9, Bayville, NJ. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, 145 East Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Philomena Church, Livingston at 10am on Wednesday with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the Mooney Family has requested donations in Jim's honor be given to New Jersey Firemen's Home, 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005. Arrangements by the McDonough Funeral Home.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 14, 2010
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