Revelstoke Current publisher David Rooney passes away

A Celebration of Life for David Rooney will be held at the Hillcrest Hotel on Wednesday, August 9th at 2 p.m.

David Rooney.

David Rooney. — Photo courtesy Revelstoke Current

The founder, publisher and well-known journalist, David Rooney, of The Revelstoke Current, an online news source based in Revelstoke has passed away. Here is part of the announcement as it appeared on the Revelstoke Current’s website: 

“It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say that David F. Rooney, owner, publisher, editor and journalist of the Current passed away peacefully on Friday, July 21 at his home in Revelstoke. David worked in the field of journalism since 1979. He worked for the Canadian Press and Ottawa Citizen in Ottawa, the Calgary Herald, the Edmonton Sun, and the Banff Crag & Canyon. He also wrote the textbook Reporting and Writing for Canadian Journalists and taught journalism and web design at the Centre for Communications Studies at Mount Royal College in Calgary from 1998 to 2000.

In the fall of 2001 David moved to Revelstoke to take up the position of editor of the Revelstoke Times Review. He very quickly became part of the fabric of Revelstoke – as a journalist, artist and active volunteer. He served on the board of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society and later the Greenbelt Society. He volunteered with the Safe Spaces Society and supported the Revelstoke for Refugees effort to bring a Syrian family to Revelstoke among his many community efforts.

David left the Times Review to become the Revelstoke-based assistant of the Conservative MP in Ottawa, Jim Abbott and then went on to create his on-line newspaper, The Current, in July 2009.”

A Celebration of Life for David Rooney will be held at the Hillcrest Hotel on Wednesday, August 9th at 2 p.m. The Hillcrest Hotel is located at 2100 Oak Dr. off Hwy 1 just east of Revelstoke. For more information, please call Brandon-Bowers Funeral Home at 250-837-2029.

Our condolences go out to family and friends.

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