Robert Mooney

Robert Mooney

Valley loses entertainment luminary

Friends describe Rob Mooney, 53, as industrious, helpful and a good friend. Mooney died from injuries a car wreck in Alberta on Sunday.

The Alberni Valley has lost a fixture in its local entertainment scene.

Former Valley resident Rob Mooney died after a head-on collision in Alberta on Sunday, Jan. 6. He was 53.

The accident happened on Highway 63 approximately 30 kilometres north of Wandering River, RCMP Const. Dan Fenton said.

Mooney was travelling south in a red pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle and slid sideways into an oncoming northbound car. Mooney was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the car remains in hospital in critical condition, Fenton said.

The accident remains under investigation by both the RCMP and the Alberta Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Road conditions were a major contributing factor, Fenton said.

Mooney maintained a B.C. Driver’s License and seemed to split his time between B.C and Alberta where he worked, Fenton said.

Longtime friend Peter Wienold said he was stunned after getting the news about Mooney’s death on Monday. “We just chatted on Facebook a few days before. I still see his page but now he’s not there anymore,” Wienold said.

Mooney and Wienold were part of Portal Players Dramatic Society. Wienold first met Mooney when he did some work for his first business, a gas fitting company. Mooney also owned Pro Pacific Heating in Port Alberni.

Wienold remembers the first play the two acted together— Home at Six, in which Mooney played Wienold’s best friend and his wife’s suitor. “We only used one-syllable words throughout the play, it was really a silly piece,” Wienold said. “Rob was really nervous I remember, but he did a great job and we had a lot of laughs.”

Mooney was an industrious man who was there to help whoever needed help when they needed it, Wienold said. “He acted, built sets and was a really popular bartender,” Wienold said, adding that Mooney also played bass. “He’s really going to be missed as a club member and as a friend.”

Mooney left Alberni to work in Alberta approximately one year ago. He came back to Port Alberni periodically, and made it a point to make the rounds when he was here.

“He stopped in the shop last Christmas and we just shot the breeze. He always stopped in when he was around. He was a thankful and thoughtful man,” Wienold said. “His death is a loss to our community but especially a loss to anyone who called him a friend. I know I’ll miss him.”

Mooney is survived by his wife and daughter. A memorial service is being held on Saturday, 1 p.m., at the Chapel of Memories.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Getting enough Vitamin D can be challenging for Canadians, especially during winter months. (CONTRIBUTED)
ACTIVE LIVING: The ‘sunshine vitamin’ plays a vital role in our health

Port Alberni registered dietitian Sandra Gentleman writes about health issues

Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns gives a thumbs up to active transportation during a presentation of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce's Bike SEAT program at McLean Mill National Historic site in Port Alberni on April 16, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
QUINN’S QUIPS: MP Gord Johns takes victory ride for cycling strategy

Johns gained a reputation as the bicycle-riding MP during his first year

A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 25-May 1. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 case counts continue to trend down

Fewer than 200 active cases on the Island, down from highs of 500-plus earlier this spring

Volunteers from the Alberni Valley Enhancement Society release a bucket filled with 5,000 coho fry into Kitsuksis Creek on the bridge at Batty Road, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVID HOOPER)
Volunteers release thousands of coho fry into Port Alberni creeks

Fry come from small hatchery on McLean Mill National Historic Site

In the five years since the Dry Creek flood abatement project was completed, the pathway built behind commercial buildings on Third Avenue has become overgrown with Scotch broom and other weeds. (PHOTO COURTESY RANDY FRASER)
‘New’ Dry Creek path falls into disrepair in Port Alberni

City’s land access contracts lapse as condition of pathway beside creek deteriorates

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

At this Highway 3 check point, police officers will be asking for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel. (RCMP)
No fines handed out at 1st COVID-19 roadblock as checks move across B.C.

Cpl. Chris Manseau says a total of 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area

Most Read