RIP: Eric Carl Cooney

It is with great sadness that OTA announces the passing of Eric Carl Cooney — the father of current OTA Board member Wayne Cooney. We offer our condolences to Wayne and his family.

Eric Carl Cooney, 74 years old, of Inverary ON passed away on Saturday June 10, 2023, at Kingston General Hospital after a struggle with cancer surrounded by family.

Eric was born April 22, 1949, to loving parents Hilliard and Ruth Cooney and is survived by daughter Sherri Vanhooser and son Wayne and wife Ann Cooney, granddaughters Amanda, (husband Wayne Burke), Alexis, Victoria, Madison, great grandson Lincoln Burke, siblings Gary Cooney, Linda Moore, and Susan Cooney.

Eric was a devoted Shriner and loved driving his firetruck in as many Santa Claus parades as possible. He was a dedicated and proud truck driver priding himself on driving a million plus miles accident free. Eric had an extensive knowledge and passion for civil war history, playing golf and loved watching westerns and baseball with Bonnie but his greatest passion other than being a silly and loving grandfather was his love of music especially The King Elvis Presley and I am sure he is dancing and singing as he is now reunited with the many loved family members and friends that left before him. Erics life will be celebrated later with details to be announced in future. We raise and glass and toast with a DRW as The Big E has left the building.

As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

Canadian Cancer Society

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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