Dr. Alvin Willis Mooney

Dr. Alvin Willis Mooney

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

predeceased him September 7, 2006.

Dr. Mooney is survived by his eight

children – Marmie 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 Offi cer 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 fi rst 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 p.m.

from the Northside Mennonite Church

(Vanderhoof), with Pastor Hugo Reimer

offi ciating. Grace Memorial Funeral Home

in care of arrangements. 1-866-567-4814.


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