John J. Rooney, im­mi­gra­tions of­fi­cial

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - —Jac­ques Kelly

John James “Jack” Rooney Jr., a re­tired Im­mi­gra­tion and Nat­u­ral­iza­tion Ser­vice con­tract­ing of­fi­cial, died of pneu­mo­nia Sept. 16 at Gilchrist Hos­pice Care in Columbia.

The El­li­cott City res­i­dent was 85.

Born in Brook­lyn, N.Y., he was the son of John James Rooney, a U.S. con­gress­man, and He­len Hughes. He at­tended Saint Fran­cis Prepara­tory School in Brook­lyn.

He en­listed in the Air Force and be­came an air­plane me­chanic as­signed to Strate­gic Air Com­mand at An­drews Air Force Base, where he served from 1951 to 1955. He later worked as a civil­ian em­ployee of the Air Force.

He joined the U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice and worked in its Im­mi­gra­tion and Nat­u­ral­iza­tion Ser­vice for more than 28 years as a con­tract­ing of­fi­cer. He re­tired in 1994.

Mr. Rooney ini­tially set­tled in Lau­rel, then lived for many years in El­li­cott City on Coach­light Lane.

He later moved to Brighton Gar­dens of Columbia, an as­sist­edliv­ing fa­cil­ity.

“My fa­ther had a great sense of hu­mor and used it ev­ery chance he could,” said his daugh­ter, Jen­nifer Kim of McLean, Va. “He didn’t take him­self too se­ri­ously. He was a pa­tri­otic Amer­i­can and be­lieved in sup­port­ing the troops.” Mr. Rooney en­joyed din­ners with friends at the Outback Steak­house in El­li­cott City and at Mis­sion BBQ in Columbia.

A me­mo­rial Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at St. Mary of the Mills Ro­man Catholic Church, 114 St. Mary’s Place in Lau­rel.

In ad­di­tion to his daugh­ter, sur­vivors in­clude his son, John James Rooney III of San Fran­cisco; a brother, Ed­ward Rooney of New York City; a sis­ter, Mary Ann Far­rell of Ca­tonsville; and three grand­chil­dren. His mar­riage to Joan Fitzpa­trick ended in di­vorce.

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