Reporter John Rooney Dies After Battle with ALS, Broke Deadly Tylenol Story
July 1, 2016 - als
WEST BEVERLY — John Rooney, 56, a longtime publisher from West Beverly, died Thursday after a two-year conflict with amyotrophic parallel sclerosis or ALS.
Rooney worked for City News bureau, the Tampa Tribune and a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He is maybe best famous for his coverage of a 1982 Tylenol killings. Uncovering a couple between a Chicago-area deaths and a cyanide-laced Tylenol warranted Rooney a Peter Lisagor Award from a Chicago Headline Club.
Holly Simon of Beverly knew Rooney for 20 years. She described him as a family male who was also her husband’s best buddy. In fact, Rooney would mostly propagandize a Simons on how to lift their son, Nate. He was innate Nov. 26, 2003, with Down syndrome.
“He desired Nate like his possess son,” Simon said. “John was still nonetheless when he spoke we listened.”
Commonly famous as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS ran in Rooney’s family. Both his mom and aunt succumbed to a incorrigible disease. Rooney sought to widespread recognition after he was diagnosed.
In fact, his correspondence was prisoner in a retard of ice final year after a renouned “Ice Bucket Challenge,” in that people common videos of themselves pouring ice cold H2O on their heads to lift income for a ALS Association.
“I’m confident that eventually there will be a cure,” Rooney told a Beverly Review.
“At age 54, we rest on my faith, along with clever support from family and friends. I wish to continue operative for as prolonged as possible. we also devise to continue enjoying life with my wife, Meg, and a sons, Ned, Jack and Dan. We acquire thoughts, prayers and anything that will make me laugh,” he wrote.
In a Law Bulletin obituary, his former editor, Bernard Judge, called him “a male in a loyal clarity of a word.”
“You can be all kinds of things, though it’s really tough to be honest and honest and to honour not usually a people that we work with though to honour a people that we cover,” Judge said.
Rooney is survived by his mother and their sons.
“He was an extraordinary father,” his mother pronounced in an obituary in the Sun-Times. “The many critical thing he told his boys was, ‘When you’re young, I’m not here to be your friend. I’m your dad. But we will be friends.’”
Funeral services are pending.
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