Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

David Mooney April 4, 1942 - April 27, 2013 Outstanding Athlete at Mount Union College, Turtle Creek High

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

David Mooney April 4, 1942 - April 27, 2013 Outstanding Athlete at Mount Union College, Turtle Creek High

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Patrick Mooney was an accomplished athlete in his own right, yet was proud to say his little brother was even better.

"He was like my shadow, growing up. But to tell the difference, in Little League, he'd be the one to make the all-star teams. For his age, he was a dynamo.

"I take some of the credit for that," Mr. Mooney said, laughing, "because he grew up with me!"

David Mooney, 71, died Saturday from complications of Alzheimer's.

There was a four-year age difference between the brothers, but growing up in Turtle Creek with their younger sister, Judith, life was filled with backyard activities. Their father, Patrick, worked for Westinghouse and their mother, Marcella, was a tax collector for the borough of Turtle Creek.

Their father was a Little League umpire who encouraged the kids to play any number of sports. Eventually, Patrick Jr. would make his mark as an accomplished football player and track and field athlete at Turtle Creek High School, but David went a step further.

At the time, Turtle Creek had one of the bigger football programs in the WPIAL, with David as running back. He also played high school baseball and was a sprinter of note.

He wasn't tall for a star athlete; his brother said that as a senior in high school, David was perhaps 5 feet 7 and 150 pounds. But at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where he was on the track team, his speed in the backfield attracted notice from the football coaches.

"He was just big enough to play high school ball, but he didn't have the size [for college]," his brother said.

At Mount Union, David Mooney stood out as both an indoor and outdoor Ohio Conference sprint champion. Patrick Mooney said that after David's graduation, in 1964, he had been invited to some "big league" races on the West Coast.

"To excel at that level was quite an accomplishment."

"There were people who should have beaten him every day of the week, but he was so determined, he found a way to win," said Harold Riggle, Mr. …

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