KEVIN ROONEY, LONG-TIME REPRESENTATIVE FOR L.I.'SOIL HEATING INDUSTRYAfter almost four decades as the face and voice of the heating oil industry on Long Island, Kevin Rooney recently passed away from complications related to pancreatic cancer.For the past 36 years, Rooney was the CEO of the Oil Heat Institute of L.I., a trade association representing the distillate fuels industry. Prior to joining OHILI in 1982, Rooney served as Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Dept. of Energy in Washington, D.C. He was nominated for this position by President Ronald Reagan after serving as an energy policy advisor during the 1980 Presidential campaign and subsequent transition.His background included time spent in both Albany and Washington as Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the L.I. Lighting Company and the Edison Electric Institute.Rooney held both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from L.I. University, where he also served on the adjunct faculty teaching courses in European and American political theory. Born in London, England, Rooney became an American citizen in 1981' the 'proudest day of his life, other than his wedding day' according to his son, Brian.Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Elaine, his three children' Susanne Sweeney (Peter), Kristen Masotto (Emil) and Brian (Jackie)' his brother Patrick, and the joy of his life, his seven grandchildren, Emma, Julia, Grace, Isabel, Katherine, William and Madelyn.The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.Funeral arrangements are as follows:Family, friends and others whose lives Kevin touched are invited to the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main St, Smithtown, Tuesday 2-4 & 7- 9 PM.Funeral Mass to be held at St. James Lutheran Church, Woodlawn Avenue, St. James, Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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  1. I have treasured my friendship with Kevin since 1979. Wise and witty, a wonderful friend. His only true source of happiness was his family. Rest in peace my friend. I miss you already, and always will. Becky

  2. To the Rooney Family:Kevin was instrumental in helping me network my way into the OHILI and I’ll always remember him for that and for his professionalism and for being the gentleman he was.Warmest regards,Greg Saffer3875 Round Table Ct.Land O Lakes, FL. 34638

  3. My sincere condolences to the Rooney family. May your family find some comfort in GodΓÇÖs promise expressed at John 6:40.

  4. Kevin and I have been friends since we first met in 1975. I watched proudly as he rose in his profession and achieved great success. He was always the consumate professional. I will miss him. My love to his wonderful family.

  5. I have known Kevin since 1982 when he first started with OHILI. He was a passionate & dedicated advocate for the heating oil industry on L.I. He was also a great friend who will be missed terribly. My thoughts & prayers are with his family, RIP Kev.

  6. Kevin thank you for contributions to our community and Suffolk county. It was a privilege to work with you. I wish much love and strength to the Rooney family during this difficult time. May God bless you.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss may Kevin rest in peace. My husband Mike passed away on December 25th 2016 from cancer of the pancreas.

  8. To Brian and family,So sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was a great man and will always be remembered by me as a Great soccer coach. God Bless him and all of your familyMatt & Eileen McCullough

  9. Elaine and family – please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Kevin.While you have never met me, please know that Kevin had a significant impact on my during my years in the energy industry. We would often discuss, and even more often debate, policy issues and politics. He had a clear head for business, and that brought strength to his approach to everything. More than that, he was an absolute gentleman. Although we hadn’t spoken in at least 3-4 years, I missed him greatly… and will miss him more now.Please find some peace in knowing how much of an impact Kevin had on so many of us, and how he talked of you and your family constantly. Michael Meath

  10. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of professor rooney. He was and always will be my absolute favorite professor sending my love and prayers to his family.

  11. I am so sad to hear about the passing of Professor Rooney. He had such a way with his students; we all learned to love Poly Sci because of him. He was truly my favorite professor. Sending healing energy, love and my condolences to his family during this difficult time.

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