Paul B. Rooney
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“Mr Rooney, was my fourth grade teacher at Fitzgerald School, Waltham. I had some disabilities, including being hearing impaired. Because of these...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Alfred Maurer, II - Natick, MA

“I worked with Paul from 1965-1970in the sales dept. at Ark-Les Switch in Watertown. Paul was great at everything he did. We all enjoyed his wit and...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Donald Hansen - Orange, MA

“Martha and Stephen, it is with great sadness that I have learned of my "Rooney"'s passing. Your Dad and Mom were my second set all those summers in...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Josi Luciano Embree - Augusta, GA

“So sad to hear of Mr. Rooneys Passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I have fond memorys of Mr. Rooney from Fitzgerald school...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Doris Casella Landry - Townsend, MA

“Steve and family, I just happened to find this by mistake. The pictures are fantastic. I only met your parents a couple of times. They were ...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: David Glicklich - Boca Raton , FL

“Martha & Steve - my condolences to you and your family. Memories of Overland Road will never fade - good families, good times and good memories. ...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Kathy Madden - Waltham, MA

“Martha and Steve So sorry for your loss. my prayers go out to you both. your dad was always good to us kids. people like him made our neighborhood a...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Gary Arenburg - waltham, MA

“Martha, I'm so sorry for your loss, my friend. You and your family are in my prayers. Kate ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Kate McQuaid-Tedesco - Shirley, MA

“Mr. Rooney was by far my all time favorite teacher. His knack for making learning fun has always been one of the most precious memories of my...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Maria Cincotta - Wareham, MA

“Sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved and cared for him. You will always have the memories and the last time you visited him . My prayers...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: joe spokis - oxford, MA

“Dear Martha and Stephen - I was your baby sitter many years ago. You knew me as RoseAnne Craig; I now go by my nickname, Sanna. You children were...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: RoseAnne Craig - Calistoga, CA

“Martha and Stephen - I was saddened to hear of Dad's passing. So many nice memories came back when looking at the pictures...the crazy times on...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Ann Ormond - Newburyport , MA

“Paul was a wonderful person.My memories of him evoke a feeling that he touched everyone with his warmth, charm,humor and musicianship. It was an...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Larry Gilbo - Fellow musician

“I'll always remember Paul's fantastic sense of humor; the kindness, support and love he gave to his friends and family.  Paul received such joy from...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Dana Chattin - Sarasota, FL

“Martha, Sorry for your loss. Your dad was a memorable character. So much talent and so much fun. He certainly lived a full life. I couldn't get...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Trish(Rafferty) DeWolf - Westerly, RI

“We fondly remember Paul as our son"s teacher ,an American Legion member and a talented musician.He truly always had a smile on his face and a song in...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Ryan - Waltham, MA

“I remember Paul not only for his playing the trumpet but also for his running ability, the mile, while he was at St. Mary's High. He will remain in...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Bert Theriault - Mattapoisett, MA

“Dear Rooney Family, I hardly know where to begin. I 1st met Paul in 1961 when his Six Pages were our Sunday relief band at Maizi's Club in...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: reid jorgensen - Duxbury,, MA

“Remember playing with Paul with the Good Time Jazz Band and Hot Ginger Jazz Band and celebrating holidays together at home.with you all. We have so...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Dan & Charlie (Charlotte) Howard - FL

“After spending a time away from the Boston area Paul was one of the first musicians I meet upon returning home. Little did I realize what an impact ...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Don Pentleton - Watertown, MA

My 5th grade class at Fitzgerald Elementary “My condolences to Paul's family. Mr. Rooney was one of the best teachers I ever had. I had just started to play the drums when I was in his class...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Deb Neufell - Waltham

“My condolences to Paul`s family. I met Paul when I joined the Soft Touch Band back in 1985. We played a lot of gigs together and when Paul retired...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Kurt Thaller - Acton, MA

“I first met Paul as a member of the Waltham American Legion Band (1960). We marched hundreds of miles from Hawaii to New Orleans to Wahington D.C....Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: JANICE & CLIFF STRAW - Ashland, MA

“My friends, Joan and Frank (deceased) Rooney introduced me to Paul while he was playing with his combo in a Naples pub....after that I (and more...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Jean Melone - Naples,, FL

“I met Paul and his wife when playing with the Legion Band in Waltham. As one of the original member of the Soft Touch Band, I enjoyed playing under...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Angelo & Josephine Falcone - MA

“Mr. Rooney was one of my most memorable teachers at the FitzGerald School. He was the best 4th grade teacher!!!! I will always treasure the fun...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Maria (DiVito) Rosati - Waltham, MA

“My condolences to Paul`s family. I will cherish the many memories of having alot of fun under Paul`s leadership in the beginning days of the Soft...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Dana Cohen - Gloucester, MA

“Many memories flash back, Hawaii, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Soft Touch Band. We will miss Paul and his enthusiasm. We will always have those...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Weston - Waltham, MA - Friend


Naples, Florida – Mr. Paul B. Rooney, of Naples, formerly of Waltham died Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Avow Hospice in Naples. He was 81.

Paul was born in Waltham on September 28, 1930, a son of the late Joseph and Julien (Shea) Rooney, and had been a lifelong resident before moving to Naples more than ten years ago. He was a graduate of Saint Mary's High School in Waltham and Boston State College.

Musically talented from childhood, Paul served with the United States Army during the Korean War where he played the trumpet with the 2nd Army Band. He also played professionally with the 'Hot Ginger Band' throughout New England and New York. He helped to keep the 'Big Band' era and sound alive by being one of the co-founders in 1980 of Waltham's 'Soft Touch Band', a group that has raised and given away more than $130,000. in scholarship money to talented high school musicians across the state. He served as the group's musical director until his move to Florida where he kept up his lifelong passion for music by playing for the 'Tamiami Tailgaters'.

In 1996 Paul retired from a long teaching career at the Fitzgerald Elementary School in Waltham. He was a member of the Waltham Educators Association, the Waltham Arts Council where he served on the board of directors and the Joseph F. Hill American Legion Post No. 156 in Waltham.

He leaves his wife, Shirley A. (Harlow) (Graves) Rooney; his children, Martha A. Rooney of Randolph and Stephen G. Rooney of Marlboro; his grandchildren, Robert, Paul and Timothy Rooney; his brothers, Donald J. Rooney of Nashua, New Hampshire and John N. Rooney of Norwood and many nieces and nephews.

Paul's first wife, Miriam (Shea) Rooney died August 27, 1994 and he was also a brother of the late Patricia M. Powers.

Family and friends will honor and remember Paul's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, November 18th, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.