Obituaries

James M. Rooney

May 30th, 2016

James Matthew Rooney, age 12, of Wilmington, died accidentally, on May 27, 2016.

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

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45 Entries in Guest Book for “James M. Rooney”

  1. Lynne vassallo says:

    While we have never met James he is a friend of my nephew. My heart is broken for your family, what a tragedy. I am praying for your family and ask God to give you the strength you will need in the coming days. May God Bless each of you and please know James is safely in the arms of our Lord. So very sorry for your loss. God Bless

  2. Barbara Babin-DuLong says:

    Jacqui and Dennis and boys,
    My heart breaks for all of you. I have no words to say… but I love you all and may you take comfort knowing that Steven has welcomed James with open arms as he entered Heaven.
    Love, Barbara
    Litchfield, NH

  3. Jennifer Splaine Crane says:

    Dennis,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart aches for you over the loss of your son.

  4. Joe & Tracy Curran says:

    Dennis & family:

    We are so sad to hear this sad tragic news about your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Joe & Tracy Curran
    TTL

  5. Steve & Krysta O'Neill says:

    Our hearts broke when we heard of the loss of your son, our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family!

    With love and deepest sympathy,
    Steve and Krysta O’Neill

  6. charlotte nagle says:

    Prayers and good thoughts .My heart goes out to the whole family.

  7. The Dahlquist Family says:

    The Rooney Family~
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad and difficult time. Our neighborhood will never be the same. Rest easy little James, fly high with the Angels. Lisa, Brianna and Nathan Dahlquist

  8. Susan Scanlon Carter says:

    My daughter Colleen is a classmate of James and we are all heart broken at this tragic news. Colleen speaks so fondly of him and is remembering his “hilarious sense of humor. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
    With most profound sympathy,

    The Carter Family

  9. The White Family says:

    Rooney Family

    Sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your son. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. My heart goes out to the entire family.

  10. Rosemary Murray says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Sonny, Rose and Kelle Murray

  11. Kathy Kelley Straube says:

    we are so sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers red with your entire family. Kathy & Stan Kelley Straube

  12. The Woltag Family says:

    We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your son James. Our son David was a friend of James and they were in a couple of classes together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The Woltag Family.

  13. Janice Lapham & Mark Micalizzi says:

    Dennis and Jacqui,
    As parents there are no words to express the sadness we feel in our hearts for you. Please know as a community we stand behind you and your family. God Bless your family.

  14. Susan Yurek says:

    Dennis, Jacqui and family,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers have been only of you since we received this tragic news. We will continue to pray for you in the days ahead.
    Ed and Susan Yurek

  15. Gary and Ginny Babin says:

    We’re speechless and heartbroken. There are no words.

  16. Kimberly Febbo says:

    To the RooneyFamily,
    My son recalled James on the bus on occasion, even though we never knew him, please know that I have not stopped praying for James and for your family’s strength, peace and comfort. My heart is broken for your loss. As a mom myself, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you are going through, to lose a child goes against nature. May the love you all have for James give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. God bless you, with heartfelt sympathy, the Febbo Family

  17. Pat & Rita King says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Their are no words that can help with the pain of your loss. Our prayers are with your family. God bless you all.

  18. Diana MacGregor says:

    I will pray for you everyday to give you strength to just get through the next few days and then I will pray for you to get through the next few months. After that the next few years. I will continually pray for your strength.

  19. Melissa Cahill says:

    Words can not express the sorrow. Please know I am thinking of you all and send my prayers and support.

  20. Marcia Schleier says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for your family. You are in our prayers. May God give you strength in this difficult time.

  21. Marianna Callahan says:

    To the Rooney Family

    We cannot put into words how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Two of my children are classmates of Cullen and Dennis, both are heartbroken for you and your family. You will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  22. Joan says:

    So sorry for your loss

  23. Annette Bush says:

    I cannot say how sorry I am for your loss. I enjoyed teaching James last year in math. He was such smart math student, and had a great mind for teaching anyone in his class. He will be missed.

  24. Leighton Family says:

    So sorry to hear the loss of your son, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time .

  25. Pam DalPra says:

    I know James’s grandfather Dennis from work. I wanted to say how deeply sorry I am for your loss. My words cannot possibly express how saddened I am.

  26. Joanne says:

    Dennis, Jacqui, and boys,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am devastated and in total shock. James was such a great kid, always smiling. Your in my thoughts and prayers as you try to get through this very difficult time.

  27. The Alpers Family says:

    We are extremely saddened to know about the passing of your son, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Mike Shay says:

    Dennis, Jacqui, and family,

    Our hearts ache.

  29. mike saraco jr. says:

    Dennis, my thoughts and prays are with you and your family at this sad time.

  30. Szetela says:

    To the family of James, I don’t know you. I a am a nurse at the WIUC. May he rest in piece we are ther for you.

  31. Lorraine Butler says:

    I don’t know you I;m sorry to hear about your son he is resting in peace now May god be with you and your family you are in my prays

  32. Jim McHugh and Family says:

    Dennis , Jacqui, and Family,
    I’m so saddened to hear about the Passing of your Son James. My Family and I send our most sincere condolences to you all, at this most painful and Difficult time. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

  33. Arthur & Mary Hall says:

    To James Parents, Grandparents and his entire extended family. Our hearts were truly broken when we learned of your loss. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts & prayers. Our love goes out to all of you at this very sad time.

  34. Hugh,Anne & family says:

    Jaqui,Dennis & family,

    All our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of young James,only wish we were closer to offer comfort and support,thinking of you all

    Love Anne,Hugh Thomson & family

  35. A Mom says:

    My family does not know yours, but as a mom of a 12 year old boy, my heart is broken over you devastating loss. There are no words but please try to find comfort and solace in the fact that so many people are grieving with you –

  36. Mimi McHugh (McCabe) says:

    Dear Rooney Family, Our daughter Meagan has known James since 3rd grade and he still was in some of her classes this year. She spoke of him often and how he made them laugh. She said he was interested in everything military and used to talk about it with his classmates. She is heartbroken that he is no longer with us. We as parents can not fathom the loss you are experiencing. May God comfort you at this terrible time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Rich, Mimi, and Meagan McHugh

  37. paula splaine says:

    Dennis I am so sorry for your loss, words cannot express what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  38. Arthur & Mary Hall says:

    To James parents, grandparents and his entire extended family. Our hearts were truly broken today when we learned of your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our love goes out to all of you.

  39. Nickerson family says:

    Our hearts go out to you and your family Even though we did not know James we were truly saddened to hear of this tragedy . We pray that God comforts you in this time of sorrow. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  40. Walter and MaryellenConway says:

    The Rooney Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.

  41. Stacie Murphy says:

    Dennis, Jacqui, Dennis, JR. and Cullen…

    I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort. I will be keeping you close in heart and prayer for the loss of your beloved James.

  42. Michael O'Brien says:

    Dennis,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure there are no words that will make you feel better. Stay strong and cherish the memories.

  43. Sheila Thornton Butler says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. Michael, Brenda, & Caryssa Ingersoll says:

    We are so so sorry for your loss. May all the love and support give you the strength you need. God Bless the Rooney & O’Hara Families.

  45. Don and Diana Hubbard says:

    The Rooney family. Just found out about your terrible loss. Cannot fathom the heartache of losing a son and grandson at such a young age. I am truly sorry.

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