Robert J Rooney

robert rooney

March 10, 2024

Robert Joseph Rooney passed away at his home on the morning of March 10, 2024 at the age of 76 with his loving wife Diana nearby. Bob was born in Jersey City to Samuel and Catherine (née Farrell) on July 27, 1947. He attended Lincoln High School where he developed his lifelong love of sports. Bob excelled in football and baseball, and he enjoyed skiing and swimming. Bob also coached boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. He was a great fan of the New York Giants, the Yankees, and St. Anthony’s Basketball.

In the early years Bob worked at the Westinghouse Elevator Division. He later became a successful industrial caterer, running his own business known as Blue Jay Caterers until his retirement. Bob’s catering truck, serving sandwiches, snacks, and terrific coffee, was a mainstay at the Bergen County Police Academy and various other spots in North Jersey.

Bob’s mother Catherine introduced Bob to a cute girl with beautiful eyes named Diana Foulkes who lived on their block. Diana quickly became the love of Bob’s life. The two married on July 15, 1973, and spent 51 years together, most of the time living in Leonia, NJ. Over the years, Bob and Diana traveled the world together, and they particularly enjoyed spending their winters with friends and family on the beach in Aruba.

Bob is survived by his wife Diana, his sister Catherine and her husband Terrance Kaulfers, Diana’s sister Glenna Rosenthal and her husband Les, his niece Lauren and her husband Nicholas Picerni, his nephew Paul Kaulfers and his wife Priscilla and their child Theodore, and his niece Kathleen Kaulfers. Bob was predeceased by his parents and his brother Thomas. Bob will be remembered by his family and many friends for his sharp sense of humor, his kind and generous spirit, and his remarkably optimistic outlook on life.

Visitation will be held at the Frank A. Patti Funeral Home located at 327 Main Street in Fort Lee, NJ on March 15, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A private burial will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association


Visitation: March 15, 2024 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank Patti And Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Directors
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

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  1. Diana, Anthony and I were so sorry to hear about the passing of your loving and devoted husband. Know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
    May Bob rest in peace.

  2. Diana, Jack and I are so very sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of our time together in Aruba. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Our heartfelt love, Diana and family
    Mark and Joanna McClellan donated to AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION INC

  4. Bobby was very special. We will never forget the assistance and kindness he gave to our parents over their many years on Christie Street in Leonia. Our heartfelt sympathy is with Diana and all of his family. We wish each of you solace and peace and God’s blessings on Bobby’s soul.

  5. So sorry for the Rooney family. I remember Bob well from his days serving us at the police academy, always with a friendly greeting and warm smile. And a good cup of coffee and something to go with it.

    Rest easy Bob.

    Brendan Reilly
    Leonia PD (retired)

  6. Diana, I am heartbroken in hearing this news. My deepest condolences to you and the entire family.

    I will forever remember Bob asking everyday on the beach in Aruba, “so, how many days do you have left?” since you would both be there so much longer.

    He will be missed. RIP Bob.

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