GOODBYE, DAVID

The editor of the Revelstoke Current passed away this summer at 63.

>> BY  Peter Worden

David Rooney was one of the first people I met in Revelstoke.

Of course he would be.

David was a news man who was on top of all the minutiae of small-town life. Fundraisers. Minor sports. Elementary school projects. So, when I took over publishing this little rag, we met, naturally,  for coffee and an interview.

In the article, David encouraged his readers to check out the new Reved Quarterly: “Pick it up and give it a read, it should be worth a smile,” he wrote, ending with, “Welcome to Revelstoke, Peter.”

I only wish I’d had the chance to return the favour and interview him.

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Over the last year or so, we met in and out of the hospital where his health kept him tethered. There, I saw a side I hadn’t seen in our casual coffees earlier; it was the side of a guy who knew life for how it really was, a side we probably all develop when facing a life-or-death ailment. (I also saw the “backside” of a man fed up with tying hospital gowns.) At a certain point in a person’s life, maybe with age or illness, there’s no pretext, no fooling or being fooled. David was ever the realist and pragmatist, but never a nihilist.

He was a man who wrestled constantly about the state of affairs and his place in them, an obsession we shared and aimed in one way or another to remedy with newspaper-writing. I can almost hear him guffaw this as sentimental nonsense, but it seems fitting that he welcomed me in his paper, and now I say farewell in mine.

David moved to Revelstoke in 2002 and started the Current in 2009. He would have turned 64 on October 2.


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BEYOND WRITING David painted clever works of art, often surrealist mash-ups and memento moris of the Natural world.


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