Dr. Alvin Willis Mooney
Obituary from Prince George Citizen, August 14, 2007
Dr. Mooney died of a heart attack at his home in Fort St. James, B.C. on Monday August 13, 2007. His wife Janey Mooney precedeased him September 7, 2006.
Dr. Mooney is survived by his eight children – Marnie Cunningham, Walker (Carol) Mooney, Janette Nicholas, Louise Kaneen, Michael Mooney, Deirdre (Fred) Schoening, Fergus Mooney and Kerri (Jean-Francois) Lefebvre; his seventeen grandchildren Mara (Dean) Audet, Judy Cunningham, Janey Cunningham, Sandy (Julianne) Cunningham, Alvin Cunningham, Evelyn (Zak) Murakami, Dawn Mooney, Stephanie Mooney, Tim Mooney, Chris Smith, Megan (Dave) Rowbottom, Tamsin Kaneen, Nicki Schoening, Charles (Erin) Schoening, Adam (Shannon) Schoening, Luke Schoening and Erin Mooney; and his six great grandchildren Ty Audet, Tiara Audet, Sharley Audet, Walker Cunningham, Justin Schoening and Madeline Janey Schoening.
Dr. Mooney was born on April 17, 1915 in Crawford Bay, British Columbia. He attended school there, in Nelson and Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate studies at U.B.C. and taught school in Burnaby for several years. He then attended the University of Alberta where he studied medicine. After short periods of practice as an Army Medical Officer in Fort Nelson and as a physician at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Mooney moved in 1947 to Vanderhoof B.C. with his wife Janey and the first two of eventually eight children.
Dr. Mooney remained in practice in Vanderhoof for the next 40 years or so until they retired to their home on Stuart Lake in Fort St. James. It was very much a frontier medical practice especially in the early days when he was on his own. There were few roads, so much of the travel to the outlying towns and native communities was by boat, aircraft and the early Bombardier snowmobiles of the day.
As the region grew in population and additional doctors arrived, Dr. Mooney returned to Edmonton for post graduate studies in general surgery leading to a Fellowship in both the Canadian and American College of Surgeons.
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Mooney was very much involved in community affairs and participated on the Village Council, School Board, Regional District and many other initiatives including over 50 years with Rotary. Dr. Mooney was always a strong proponent of education and was very proud of his involvement in the establishment of the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia. He was especially delighted with the addition of a medical school program at UNBC.
Dr. Mooney strongly believed he could not have had a better life than he and Janey did, serving the people of Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and the surrounding region. They will both be missed immeasurably by surviving family, friends and associates.
A service of Remembrance will be held Thursday August 23, 2007 at 3:00 pm from the Northside Mennonite Church (Vanderhoof), with Pastor Hugo Reimer officiating. Grace Memorial Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 1-866-567-4814 or 964-2522.
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