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Updated: 01/29/2014 08:00:04AM

Ralph J. Rooney Jr.

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Ralph J. Rooney Jr., 82, of North Port, Fla., and formerly of Hampstead, N.H., died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at his home.

He was the son of Ralph J. Sr. and Eva (nee Hubley) Rooney.

Ralph attended schools in Hampstead and Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951, serving in Alaska and other bases in the U.S. Ralph was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He worked as an Electronics Technician, owned his own business Rooney’s Small Engine Repair, and retired from the Hampstead School System as a Maintenance Mechanic. Ralph lived in Hampstead for 56 years, and served on the Hampstead Volunteer Department and Rescue Squad for 34 years.

He served with the North Port CERT, and was an active member of North Port Community United Church of Christ. Ralph enjoyed golf, camping, square-dancing, traveling, and being with his many friends. He was a man with a great sense of humor, and he honored his God and country.

Ralph leaves his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth “Becky”; son, Ted (Amy); and his two beloved grandsons, Declan and Jackson.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at North Port Community United Church of Christ. Burial will be at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, North Port, FL 34287; or Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, Venice, Fla.

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