James was born on June 18, 2003 in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of Dennis P. and Jacqueline (O’Hara) Rooney. James was raised in Wilmington and was a 7th grade student at the Wilmington Middle School.
James was a very bright kid; he was a wonderful math student and had a special interest in History, especially Military History. James was always willing to help others in the classroom, he was very friendly and funny according to his classmates.
James was very patriotic and loved to wear his camouflage uniform; he was very proud of his father Dennis and brother Steven’s service to our Country and the Marine Corps.
James loved to go to the Reading YMCA on Friday nights where he would meet his friends to swim, play basketball or to workout. James also enjoyed Fencing.
James will be remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. James always lit up a room with his great smile; he was a wonderful boy who will forever be missed by his family and friends.
James was the cherished son of Dennis P. and Jacqueline (O’Hara) Rooney, beloved brother of Dennis P. Rooney III, Cullen S. Rooney, and the late Lance Cpl. Steven M. West all of Wilmington. Loving grandson of Dennis and Yvette Rooney of Wilmington and Patricia O’Hara of Billerica. Dear nephew of James and Caroline O’Hara of Boston and John O’Hara of Billerica. Cousin of Jack O’Hara of Haverhill. James is also survived by a large extended family of great aunts and uncles, cousins, as well as many friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 2nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that Memorial Contributions be made to Gina Johnson at Operation Home Ties, 350 Massachusetts Avenue #194, Arlington, MA 02474. Visit the website at www.OperationHomeTies.com