Trib­utes to com­mu­nity stal­wart Tommy

Family touched by sup­port

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Trib­utes have been paid to chair of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil Tommy Rooney, who died sud­denly last week.

Tommy, 72, passed away at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal af­ter tak­ing ill in the early hours of Thursday morn­ing, May 11. He was well known in the lo­cal area hav­ing first joined the com­mu­nity coun­cil shortly af­ter he re­tired 16 years ago.

In re­cent years he also be­came heav­ily in­volved with the work of Clyde Gate­way as a com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive on their board.

His daugh­ter, An­gela Lit­tle, said the family had been overwhelmed with mes­sages of sup­port from the pub­lic.

She added: “He had such a great na­ture. He would help any­one and hated see­ing any­one strug­gling.”

The family of Tommy Rooney has de­scribed him as some­one who loved Ruther­glen and was a rock to them in times of tragedy.

Trib­utes from across Ruther­glen have poured in for 72-year-old Tommy, who died sud­denly last Thursday, May 11.

As chair­man of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, he was heav­ily in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and was well liked by ev­ery­one who met him.

Born and brought up in Glas­gow’s east end, Tommy, who worked as a printer, moved with wife Ann to To­ry­glen be­fore set­tling in the Farme Cross area of Ruther­glen just over 40 years ago.

He suf­fered a stroke ear­lier this year but seemed to be re­cov­er­ing. How­ever, on Thursday morn­ing he took un­well and was taken to Glas­gow’s Queen El­iz­a­beth II Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal where he sadly passed away.

Daugh­ter An­gela Lit­tle, 46, said: “It’s been such a shock for us all. We weren’t ex­pect­ing it.

“Dad loved where he lived, he just wanted to give some­thing back.

“He would help any­one and he hated see­ing any­one strug­gling. If some­one was work­ing hard but was not get­ting any­where, dad hated that.

“The num­ber of peo­ple pass­ing on their con­do­lences has been in­cred­i­ble. Peo­ple we do not even know have been send­ing us mes­sages, he was just so well known.”

Re­mem­ber­ing her dad’s per­son­al­ity, An­gela laughed: “He had such a dry sense of hu­mour, we used to call him a grumpy old goat.” “He had such a great na­ture.” Tommy mar­ried Ann, 73, on July 12, 1963 at Balarnock Church. In 1967 Ann gave birth to a son, Thomas, but sadly he died from cot death be­fore his sec­ond birth­day.

An­gela was born four years later and the cou­ple had a sec­ond daugh­ter, Elaine, 43.

In 2001 An­gela’s hus­band Robert died sud­denly from menin­gi­tis and Tommy and Ann de­cided to re­tire to help care for An­gela’s step­son, Ross, 27, and sons Cameron, 20, and Ewan 17. Elaine also gave Tommy two other grand­chil­dren: Jade, 16, and five-year-old Ste­vie.

An­gela said: “My dad just doted on his grand­chil­dren, that’s who he lived for.

“He was a rock to me. I hon­estly don’t know how I would have coped these past 16 years without him or my mother.”

News of Tommy’s death has left his fel­low mem­bers of the com­mu­nity coun­cil stunned.

Jim Bolton, sec­re­tary, said he spoke to Tommy last week and he ex­pected to be back at the group for their June meet­ing.

He added: “He was al­ways a great chair­man who rep­re­sented the com­mu­nity coun­cil. He will be a great loss to the group.”

Kirk Smith, vice chair­man said: “It was re­ally sad to hear of Tommy’s pass­ing. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

“He did so much for the com­mu­nity with his work with the com­mu­nity coun­cil.”

Trea­surer Alan Kennedy added: “He was a pal rather than a col­league. For the amount of work he put in, it’s a huge loss to the group.”

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chair of Clyde Gate­way, said: “Tommy was a com­mu­nity stal­wart who never tired of do­ing his very best for the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and his pass­ing is a sad day for the burgh.

“Ev­ery­one at Clyde Gate­way val­ued and ap­pre­ci­ated his con­tri­bu­tion to our work, es­pe­cially over the past three and a half years as a board mem­ber.

“He was es­pe­cially sup­port­ive of our ef­forts to de­velop the Cuningar Loop Wood­land Park and the new of­fices and units at Ruther­glen Links, so there can be no doubt that he has helped shape and cre­ate a last­ing and sus­tain­able legacy for the com­mu­nity he loved so much.

“He will be missed and my thoughts and those of the en­tire Clyde Gate­way team are with Tommy’s family and friends.”

Dozens of peo­ple, in­clud­ing lo­cal politi­cians, also paid trib­ute to Tommy on so­cial me­dia.

His funeral will take place on Fri­day at Ruther­glen Funer­al­care Queen Street com­menc­ing at 11.10am be­fore go­ing to Dal­dowie for 11.45am.

Dad loved where he lived, he just wanted to give some­thing back

Sorely missed Tommy Rooney was chair of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and a pop­u­lar fig­ure in the town

Lov­ing cou­ple Tommy and Ann cel­e­brat­ing their golden wed­ding an­niver­sary in 2013

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