Joseph T. Mooney Jr., 74 A manufacturer and widely recognized philanthropist.

Posted: October 01, 2008

Joseph T. Mooney Jr., 74, of Kimberton, a retired owner of a company and a philanthropist, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sunday at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, N.J.

Mr. Mooney grew up in Bala Cynwyd and graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova University and then served in the Marine Corps in North Carolina and Florida.

After his discharge in 1960, he joined the family business, Monsey Products, a manufacturer of protective coatings, in Kimberton. He became president in 1972, and expanded the company from one plant to nine with the assistance of his four sons. The company was sold in 1998.

He was always generous to his employees, his son Joseph III said.

He endowed a scholarship for the business school of Villanova and supported the college's football program; funded a scholarship for children of Marines who died in the line of duty; and endowed a chair of moral theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, where he was a member of the board.

His public charity was recognized with awards from Villanova and the Marine Corps; an honorary degree from the seminary; and the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great from the Vatican.

Privately, he funded many Catholic schools, churches and convents, his son said.

Mr. Mooney was past president of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Chester County, and the Phoenixville Area Economic Development Corp.

He enjoyed fishing at his summer home in Sea Isle City, N.J., and at his winter home on Sanibel Island, Fla. He and his wife, Awilda Ramos Mooney, traveled extensively, and visited South America this year.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Mooney is survived by sons Charles, Stephen and James; daughters Lisa Marie Brock and Patricia Ann Dever; a brother; five sisters; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 41 years, Mary Jo Monaghan Mooney, died in 1998.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at D'Anjolell Memorial Home, 392 Lancaster Ave., Exton. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Basil the Great Church, 2300 Kimberton Rd., Kimberton. Burial will be in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Phoenixville.

Contact staff writer Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.

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