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RICHARD J. ROONEY 12/10/2015 Charlestown, MA

Posted on Saturday, 12th December 2015 | Charlestown

Richard J. Rooney, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life suddenly on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at his home in Charlestown. He was 61 years old. Richard was born in Boston on March 12, 1954, a son of the late James H. Rooney and Catherine E. (Connolly) Rooney. He grew up in Charlestown where he was educated at St. Mary’s Parochial School and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1972. He furthered his education and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from North Shore Community College and received his Masters Degree in Sociology from Suffolk University where he also taught classes for a period of time. Richard dedicated his life to helping out people with addictions and worked many years as a Counselor with Catholic Charities. Richard is the devoted brother of Catherine “Kay” Agri and her husband John, James “Jim” Rooney, retired Boston Police Officer John Rooney and his companion Christine McLaughlin, Joann Henderson and her late husband John, Karen Snow and her husband Michael and the late Claire Rooney. He is the loving uncle to Jonalyn Agri, Derek Agri, Clifton Agri, Owen Henderson, Sarah Henderson, Maxx Snow, Jake Snow and his 5 great-nieces. Dear friend of Alan Lee and Paul Smith. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Richard’s Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St. Charlestown. His burial is private. There are no funeral home visiting hours. Kindly make a memorial donation in Richard’s name to The Pine St. Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Mass. 02118.

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  1. Wow! Sad news… i was thinking of Chet YESTERDAY!
    His bar (uhhh… that’s Chets Last Call people) was actually the best…the BEST! Legendary…well the Rat for “big” bands and food and all that… but Chets was down and dirty, punks and street trash and what fun it was! what a place!
    Surly Bruins joint (penalty box lounge) under a punk rock club …right next to the Garden! remember the Bruins knuclkeheads getting out of games and we were stumbling in/out of Chets with mohawked safety pinned drunk punk bleached hair torn clothes punks? ha ha! Was like aliens from another planet meeting… and across from the punk rock “squat” apt. of jerri ann, and jamie and kennies. I went there every week, often 3, 4 or 5 times a week for a long time… and I was living in Allston so not exactly close! But worked in Faneuil Hall so…sometimes go there straight after work…(a clothes change needed!)
    I remember tons of shows, and forgot many times more – 3 bands a night policy if I recall? Stranglehold in particular was always great… and they brought chicks in…so many (too many) noonday underground, chain link fence gigs…husker du played there at least once… in 1984…del fuegos of course, dogmatics, lyres, turbines, flies…gang green, outlets etc etc…all the great local bands…that was an amazing time for music in Boston. I can’t remember too many “national bands” there besides Huskers but there must have been?
    And no dressing room…only the stairs behind the stage which led to a (blocked) fire escape. One sat on the stairs or got changed on the stairs…Chet gave us all an outlet to express ourselves. That was so important in so many ways… especially in hindsight.

    Wow what times. RIP Chet. A great bar owner and host…a straight shooter…w/a heart o gold.
    You will be missed…

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