'Mr. Wonderful' retires from Meals on Wheels

 Mr. Wonderful, a beloved Meals on Wheels volunteer, is about to retire.

Don Rooney wears a lot of hats, and this weekend, Fox 9 tagged along as he hung up one of those hats for good.

In the back of a tiny Meals on Wheels kitchen, emotions are overflowing.

Rooney, a volunteer comes in the door and everyone is immediately in a good mood. This time, he's about to come and go for the last time. He turns 92 on Tuesday, and he's going to retire.

When "Mr. Wonderful" walks in, he definitely lives up to the hype. Among the legendary qualities he possesses -- a love of crazy hats and a commitment to serve. He's one part goofy, two parts superhero.

"We've known you for many years, meals on wheels people, and I don't know if you know what a joy you've been to all of us, but you are truly a blessing to our community and thank you for all your years," one volunteer says to him. A few hugs later, he's out the door with a car full of warm meals. Rooney, his daughter Peggy and sister Ilene are on their way to make a few last rounds.

For many recipients on Rooney's route, it feels like they're losing a friend.

Back in the kitchen, no one is ready to let go, including Rooney, who vows to be there if they need extra help. Let's face it, 30-year habits are hard to break, and when it comes to helping others, Mr. Wonderful just can't help himself.

Now, as a commemoration, his Meals on Wheels group is renaming his route "Rooney's."


  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in – includes advertiser stories