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MILFORD, N.H. — Ralph E. Rooney, 67, died at the Community Hospice in Merrimack, N.H., on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, after a battle with cancer. He was born in Boston on May 8, 1940, son of the late Philip H. and Marjorie M. (Burnham) Rooney. Mr. Rooney spent his early life in Natick where he graduated from Natick High School, Class of 1958. Upon his graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving a total of 20 years.

After his service in the Navy he was employed as a service manager in machinery-electronics working at Raytheon in Woburn, Nicolet Inc. in Burlington, and Reed & Sons in Middleboro.

Mr. Rooney was an avid reader, golfer and New England sports fan .

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Beverly M. (Sadowski) Rooney of Milford, N.H.; two sons, Paul A. Rooney and his wife, Susan, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Brian D. Rooney of Key West, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Theresa Fero and her husband, Tony, of Pepperell, and their children Alex, Lauren and Ben; two stepsons, Al Boulanger and Tony Boulanger, and their families; and a brother, Philip J. Rooney and his wife, Janice, and nieces Katy, Sarah, Lisa and Susan. He was also the brother of the late Marjorie Coppinger.

A funeral Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday Jan. 5 at St. Joseph’s the Worker Church in Nashua, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Rooney’s memory to the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, sixth floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, or by visiting www.jimmyfund.org. Arrangements were handled for the family by the Hamilton-McGaffigan Funeral Home, of Pepperell.

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