David Michael Rooney, 75, of Seneca, SC, passed away on January 25, 2018, from renal failure and was surrounded by his two daughters. David was born on September 29, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland and was the only child of William and Anna (Hay) Rooney.
As a young boy, David knew he wanted to be a policeman, the first time he saw a motorcycle MSP driving through his Arbutus neighborhood. After graduating from Catonsville High School and attending classes at Loyola College, he was accepted into the Maryland State Police Academy in 1964. That same year, he married Dianne Wynne. David’s career with the MSP—working in the licensing division, narcotics division, and warrant and fugitive units—spanned 25 years. He worked part time for Rental Tools and Equipment Company for many years and became head of security upon his retirement from the MSP. David retired with the MSP as a Detective Sergeant in the summer of 1989. He was also a contract investigator for the Department of Defense, until health issues prevented him from doing so.
David’s proudest achievement was being an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and one of the founders of FOP Lodge 69. David was president of the Lodge from 1972-1982.
David lived on a farm in Woodbine, Maryland for 35 years. Along with raising his two daughters, he enjoyed the country life – growing crops, raising beef cattle, riding his horses, and mowing 15 acres of grass. During his retirement, he enjoyed his classic cars, traveling (especially to Ireland), and spending time with family. David lived in Hilton Head Island, SC for many years until he finally settled in Seneca, South Carolina on Lake Keowee.
David’s wish was to be cremated and to not have a memorial service. Condolences may be sent to 209 North Harbour Dr, Seneca, SC 29672. Memorial donations may be made in David’s name to C.O.P.S. Concerns of Police Survivors at nationalcops.org.
David is survived by his wife Dianne, daughters Deby (Randy Okum) of New Smryna Beach Florida and Denise (Reda Nait Omar) of Seneca, SC, four grandchildren Koryn Walters, Derek Walters, and Bailey Walters of DeBary, Florida, and Zaina Nait Omar of Seneca, SC, and his beloved brothers and sisters in blue.