DUBOIS – Patrick R. Mooney, Jr., 84, of DuBois, died Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the DuBois Nursing Home.
Born Jan. 14, 1939 in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Patrick and Marcella (Simon) Mooney, Sr.
On June 13, 1964, he married his wife of 59 years, Virginia (Adams) Mooney. Virginia continues to live her life in ways that represent and honor Patrick’s values and philosophies.
Patrick graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1956. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in education from Slippery Rock University in 1960. He completed his Master’s in education and curriculum development in 1983 from the University of Massachusetts. Patrick and Virginia moved to Northfield, Mass. in 1968 to teach and coach at the Northfield Mount Hermon Preparatory School. In 1995, the Mooneys returned to Pennsylvania. Patrick completed his stellar career at Clarion University. Patrick retired in 2005.
Patrick’s career included being the mathematics department head and math teacher at McKeesport School District in McKeesport. He was the Dean of Students, a math and physical education teacher, head coach of the men’s cross country and track teams, and the varsity women’s basketball coach at NMH. While at Clarion University, he became the first full time men’s and women’s cross country, indoor track and track and field coach. He was the United States National Women’s Lacrosse team strength and condition coach. This lacrosse team went on to win a world championship in Australia in 1989. His coaching philosophy could be considered basic in nature. He encouraged everyone to “show up every day, give it 100% and enjoy the things that you are doing.” Patrick was an accomplished coach, educator and a powerful mentor to countless students and athletes.
Patrick’s career is a litany of successes and accomplishments. His resume of success included a 77% winning record as a high school coach. Among other championship wins, he led the NMH boy’s cross country teams to the New England Prep School Championships and won 12 times. He has been inducted into five different Athletic Hall of Fames; the most recent Hall of Fame induction was at Clarion University in 2022. Patrick has lived an extraordinary life filled with love, adventure, laughter and learning. He leaves a legacy of compassion, respect and kindness that spans generations.
He is survived by his daughter, Bridget Mooney; two grandchildren, Jared Patrick David Doutt and his wife Danielle, and Jemma Rose Mooney Bryan; and a sister, Judith Sparlin and her husband Michael.
Patrick was preceded in death by his brother, David Mooney.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 6- 8 p.m. at the Baronick Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., 211 S. Main St., DuBois.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home with Pastor Terry Felt officiating.
Burial will be at Bradford Cemetery.
Memorials donations can be made to Clarion University Pat Mooney Cross Country/Track & Field Scholarship, 840 Wood St., Clarion, PA 16214; and/or Perseus House, 1511 Peach St., Erie, PA 16501
Online condolences can be made to www.baronickfuneralhome.com.