John T. Cooney III

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John T. Cooney III
FALMOUTH - John T. Cooney III passed away, surrounded by his loving family, July 6, 2017, after a brief struggle with a rare and difficult-to-treat cancer, cholangio-carcinoma.
John was born Dec. 21, 1950, in St. Paul, Minn., to Jack and Peggy Cooney, as the second of seven children. John and his siblings grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he graduated from Nova High School before obtaining degrees from both the University of Notre Dame and Massachusetts College of Art. After graduating from Mass Art, John became a true Bostonian, enjoying a successful career in advertising as a creative director. Boston is also where he met his wife and soulmate, Cathy Nesto. They soon moved to Maine and settled in Falmouth where they started their family and became part of the community. From supporting his daughters in their academic and athletic endeavors to enjoying the sports of each New England season, especially skiing, John shared his passion for the outdoors with his wife Cathy and daughters, Liza and Mia.
John was the recipient of a miracle on Oct. 19, 2016. On that day he suffered a cardiac arrest on Higgins Beach after paddle boarding. John was resuscitated by two angel civilians, Rob Hutchison and Corey Murray. From that day forward, John and his family viewed each day as a bonus and never took this precious time for granted. Within months, he was back skiing, snowboarding, golfing, and swimming as he strengthened his heart. He made two trips back to Florida to visit his family. He volunteered with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart attack symptoms. John celebrated his 25th anniversary with Cathy in May, and has truly enjoyed following Liza's adventures studying abroad in New Zealand and Mia's high school graduation and tennis state championship. John was so very grateful for his second life and lived each day to the fullest until his cruel cancer diagnosis in June. John's lifelong faith and incredible inner strength were clearly evident as he fearlessly faced cancer with the same courage and dignity he displayed whenever confronted with one of life's adversities. Despite the cancer, he remained a gentle, selfless, and caring father and husband until the end, complete with his subtle and clever sense of humor.
John is survived by Cathy, his wife of 25 years; and their daughters, Liza and Mia. He is also survived by his six siblings (Mary, Patty Bell, David, Stephen, Michael, and Thomas), 10 siblings-in-law (Ken Bell, Rene Cooney, Kathy Cooney, Nancy Conrad-Cooney, Ann Belding, Matthew and Terrie Nesto, Patricia Nesto, Christopher Nesto, and Beth Chapman), 26 nieces and nephews, and his beloved mother, Margaret Cooney. He was predeceased by his father and namesake, John T. Cooney Jr.
A Mass to celebrate John's life will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church in Falmouth, followed by a reception at the Woodlands Club.

In lieu of flowers, the Liza and Mia Cooney Education Fund has been established. Those wishing to contribute may do so at: https://www.gofundme.com/cooneyeducationfund; or donations to the Cooney Education Fund can be mailed to TD Bank, 200 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, ME 04105. The family also appreciates donations to the Mayo Clinic to support cancer research.

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Holy Martyrs Catholic Church
266 Foreside Rd
Falmouth, ME 04105
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 9, 2017
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