Coach Martin Mooney passed away on February 23, 2023 in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He fought a long, courageous battle with dementia for three years and is now at peace.
Todd Martin Mooney was born on February 9, 1946. He was the son of the late Todd and Violet Mooney and grew up in the Fifeville neighborhood of Charlottesville. The neighborhood was full of boys like him who loved sports and the outdoors. Every day was filled with some type of game or adventure.
Martin attended Johnson School and Rock Hill Academy. He graduated from Rock Hill in 1964. While there, in 1963 and 1964, he was Team Captain and Falcon Club MVP of the football team. He then attended Ferrum College and Bridgewater College, graduating from Bridgewater in 1969. At Bridgewater he played guard and linebacker on the football team under the tutelage of his beloved coach John Spencer. While at Bridgewater, he married Ruth Alice Cash, the love of his life. To say she helped him some with his schoolwork would be an understatement. He often said he could not have done it without her.
When Martin left Bridgewater, he was offered a job with Greene County Schools teaching Physical Education and starting a football program at William Monroe High School. It was a daunting task, but Martin took it on happily. He loved the kids and grew to love living in the community. He could not have been happier anywhere else. He coached the William Monroe Dragons for 30 years, retiring from coaching in 1999. He won a number of conference championships. The happiest day of his life was when his team won the state championship in 1991.
Martin remained in Greene County after his retirement. He loved his friends in the community. During his illness, neighbors stepped in and helped with his care. That was the reason Martin never moved; he loved the people and they loved him.
Martin is survived by Alice, his wife of 55 years, his two children Allison Lee Mooney (Jason) and John Martin Mooney (Sylvia), and his granddaughter Alexandra. He is also survived by his brother Shawn. His children and granddaughter adored him. They were steadfast in being with him throughout his entire illness.
The family would like to thank all of those who helped with his care including Janet Frye and the Hospice Team.
Arrangements will be announced at a later date.
McDaniel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers those desiring may make memorial contributions to WMHS Sports Boosters C/O Brian Collier: Monroe High School 254 Monroe Drive Stanardsville, VA 22973