John Mooney Tribute Page
, one of the finer men you could ever hope to meet, retired in June 2004 after 50 years in the Catholic school system.
He was Bonner's athletic director and the CL baseball chairman.
earlier gained fame as the baseball coach for 39 years at St. James
, in Chester, which closed in June 1993.
Below are several stories about John
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In the photo at left, John is serving as the ballboy for a Bonner home football game.
always did that.
wanted to stay strong for another month.
wanted to mask his
emotions and say all the right things until June
In a morning ceremony that honored faculty members, art teacher John
Lenge presented Mooney
with a framed pencil drawing of the building.
the upper left corner - keeping watch, if you will - is the faint hint
. James 's mascot, a bulldog.
All school personnel are to receive copies of the drawing.
could have gone only to Mooney, who has served St . James for 39 of its
That was so nice," Mooney
When Mr. Mooney
respect him - felt deep sorrow for John Mooney
Mooney, 59, graduated from St . James in 1950 and began teaching
publishes the alumni newsletter and the
principal's newsletter and often can be found atop the gymnasium roof,
sweeping away rainwater in a mostly futile attempt to prevent leaks.
When someone asked him, "What job haven't you held at this place,
except for principal?
"I was that, too," he
Next year, Mooney
expects to teach at Monsignor Bonner.
be involved with baseball is undetermined.
"I talked with (Bonner coach) Bob Vent the other day," Mooney
coach, speaks reverently of Mooney
job John Mooney
: "I'm fully cognizant of what's going on.
I'm not in
I accepted a long time ago that (Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua)
was not going to change his
I just decided to keep myself busy.
does hurt, though."
Marie Mooney, his wife of almost 37 years, said John
has been showing
As the end draws closer, John Mooney finds it harder to remain a rock.
Yesterday's cracking episode could be followed by another after the
game against O'Hara
"I cry easily," Mooney
"If nobody's there as I come off the
field, I'll be all right.
I'd like to see my old players come back (for
the finale), but at the same time, it would make me feel sad."
On June 5, 2 p.m., at Glen Mills, Mooney will be an assistant coach in
the Joseph J. Barrett (Delaware County) all-star game.
The program, he
said, will have a list of every player he
has coached at St
. James .
"It's one way," he
said, softly, "to thank them all."
remained a giving person to the very end of St
, who defines the term "class act" and has coached St
. James for
"I wouldn't say that I didn't want it," Mooney
"But I thought it
would mean more to him."
was approached by Mike Kinee, a 1973 graduate.
With two out and the bases loaded in the sixth, Mooney
"They hit a line drive right back to Jon," Mooney
"I felt bad for (O'Hara coach) Bill Dugan," Mooney
needs a new left hip, but no one could question whether his
heart and guts are in good working order.
, who coached varsity baseball at St
. James High for 39 seasons
Despite excruciating pain in his
in four days pitched 34 of
"There was some pain," said Mooney
, who will turn 60 on March 5.
throw I was landing on that leg.
I just blocked it out."
Mooney now teaches at Monsignor Bonner.
trip to Dream Week was
funded by St
. James' former teachers, coaches and players.
"If they sent me there because they wanted me to enjoy it, I sure did,"
Once, when Mooney
limped off the mound, he
felt someone's arm around
"The guy said, 'We're not here to hurt ourselves.
We're here to have
fun,' " Mooney
In two at-bats, both against George Culver, Mooney
grounded out softly,
To describe John Mooney
is to describe the model that every man should be.
is hard-working, dedicated, generous, kind, and a role model for everyone.
Over the past 10 years, Mr. Mooney
has done nothing short of what can be called remarkable.
does everything at Monsignor Bonner
He serves as the athletic director, assistant principal for student affairs, and does various tasks in and around the school that he shouldn't even have to do.
The school will never be the same without him and he
will always be remembered.
passion in the classroom, in athletics, and in life in general will never be matched.
students with the greatest enthusiasm and wanted to reach every single one of them in some way.
I had Mr. Mooney
for English freshman year and although i did not give my all in that class and still regret it to this day, i realize the importance of the things that Mr. Mooney
was teaching us, not just about English but about life as well.
passion sports especially baseball will always be well-known.
He is the greatest coach in the history of the Philadelphia Catholic League and his legend will live forever.
The man is St
. James Catholic High School.
I would just like to personally thank Mr. Mooney
for everything he
has done for me during my 3 years at Bonner and for the 10 years of amazing service that he
provided for everyone at Bonner.
I like to find another word to describe John Mooney
I had the pleasure of working with John at St. James under Ray Gionta.
The man is a tireless worker.
I can remember John
lining the football field at Chester High after a snow storm for our Thanksgiving Game.
painted the lines blue and white for St
. James, black and orange for Chester.
I thought that was awesome.
knew what to say to someone in victory and defeat.
always made you feel like you were important.
John stories were a joy to listen to.
spoke from the heart when talking about his
made all us coaches feel like we were "Bulldogs".
I am proud and honored to have his
Enjoy your retirement, John
We all knew it would be John's
last mass with us as a group.
It was like waiting in line to say good bye to the Pope.
is something I will never forget.
So good bye, Pope John
. . Oh I mean John.
When I started coaching at Cardinal O'Hara in I heard about St. James and Mr. Mooney.
I was young and thought who the heck this guy was.
I had been an assistant under Phil Fidalgo in 1974 and the first time we played St
. James I became acquainted.
went about his
coaching duties with no flair no hollering or screaming just controlled all the time.
team was well prepared and did all the little things that day.
I became the varsity coach the next season and over the next 25 years I had the privilege of being associated with John Mooney
was always a gentleman.
Mine would be scribbled on a piece of paper and John's
would be neatly typed on a card.
After I left coaching I would see John
at games and I would go over and we would talk about "the good old days.
I really enjoy that.
I thank John
for being an influence on me as I was beginning my coaching journey.
I remember John
working at a summer camp with a few of us.
I took my son who was about 11 at the time. he
asked who was that older coach.
I said that is MR. Mooney
and listen to everything he
On the way home he
said to me "he
knows a lot about baseball.
I said He
knows a lot about things that are a lot more important than baseball.
Thanks for all you have done.
God Bless You.
I don't know John
, but I have shaken hands with him and seen him in
action at Bonner humbly dry-mopping the floor at Bonner basketball
I have heard so many good things about him over the years.
He reminds me very much of my former grade school football coach and
was one of the first men I