In Loving Memory of Frank Leroy Mooney


1925 – 2022

Francis Leroy Mooney was born October 20, 1925 in Quebec City, Quebec and died September 8, 2022 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Frank entered, lived and left his life surrounded by faith, family, friends, adventure and stories.

He was the grandson of Sea Captain John Andrew Mooney and Anne Mullen of PEI, son of John Harold Mooney and Gertrude Mae Driscoll of Saint John, NB.

A beloved brother of Father John Mooney, George and Gertrude Fleiger.

Frank graduated from St. Vincent School in Saint John, NB in ​​1942. Eighty years later, with a class list in hand and a memory as sharp as ever, he could remember the names of every classmate and a story for each.

He graduated from St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS in 1946 with an engineering degree. Alongside his engineering degree, he “wrote” in three sports: basketball, soccer and rugby.

He attended the University of Toronto and received his Civil Engineering B.Sc. Degree, then also taught engineering courses and was a member of the Co-operative Rochdale Housing Movement from 1949 to 1952.

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Frank’s engineering career has taken him to every province and territory of Canada except PEI. From working on the DEW Line in Labrador, the Woodbine Race Track in Toronto, building hydroelectric projects like the South Saskatchewan River Dam and the Aishihik Lake Generating System. He has overseen numerous road building projects, including some featuring the colorful Ben Ginter. He enjoyed working with the Yukon Native Construction Company and his time with Rita in Africa at the Canadian International Development Agency, where he finished his career at Yukon College. After decades of professional engineering service, civil service, civic and church commitment, he was asked about his greatest achievement. To which he replied: “Marry your mother”.

Frank and Rita Marie Clair married in 1954. They had four children in Toronto, four in Saskatchewan, and then moved to the Yukon in 1970. They shared a love of faith, family, music, education, travel and community involvement. After retiring, they traveled to Mexico in the winter and spent the summer in Marsh Lake, Yukon. Before their first adventure in Mexico, when asked about their destination, he replied: “No way! You children will never find us!” A joke, of course, because children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren spent many “happy hours” with Frank and Rita in several Mexican locations.

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Frank had almost thirty story-telling years before he married the love of his life. Together they had fifty-five years of love and adventure before Rita passed away in 2009. In his last thirteen years he enjoyed good health and travel. He has always been known for his hospitality and for making you feel comfortable. He was a man of many virtues, but the greatest of them was love.

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Frank was preceded in death by his son John Harold. He will be greatly missed by his remaining seven children, sixteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces/nephews and countless beloved relatives and friends. The family is grateful for all the love and support from the staff at Macaulay Lodge, the Thomson Center and Whitehorse General Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Yukon Foundation’s Frank and Rita Mooney Memorial Scholarship.

‘Until we meet again. The best is yet to come. Faith is a gift. Relax boy. have a short Get a good night’s sleep, kid. Esse Quam Videri “Being instead of appearance”.

Funeral Mass – October 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, followed by burial at Gray Mountain Cemetery. Reception at 7pm at 302 Strickland St, Center de la Francophonie.



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