It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Kevin Rooney, the CEO of the Oil Heat Institute of Long Island for nearly 40 years. Kevin served on the NEFI Board of Directors and was heavily involved in its committees and public policy work in the region and in Washington, DC.
Kevin was so respected and revered throughout our industry that he earned many honors throughout his career. He was named a NEFI "Legend of Oilheat" at our 2017 Energy Expo, and this past May, his son Brian Rooney accepted the Oil and Energy Service Professionals (OESP) Lifetime Achievement Award on Kevin's behalf at the Eastern Energy Expo.
Over the course of four decades, Kevin was the face and voice for Oilheat consumers and the media, as well as governmental and elected officials on Long Island, throughout New York State and in Washington D.C. He was fiercely committed to preserving, protecting and promoting the individuals and businesses that make up our industry.
"Kevin was an association leader and a staunch advocate for the heating oil dealer not only in New York but nationwide," NEFI President & CEO Sean Cota said. "He was an astute observer of people and politics, and his strategic vision helped map-out a brighter future for our industry that will endure long after his passing."
Kevin's presence, strength and laughter will be missed greatly. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and all who cared for him.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR KEVIN ROONEY
Family, friends and others whose lives Kevin touched are invited to the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY, 11787, Tuesday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass to be held at St. James Lutheran Church, Woodlawn Avenue, St. James, NY, 11780, Wednesday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m.