June 11, 2018–Kevin Rooney, long time face of the heating oil industry on Long Island, died Saturday at age 68 from complications related to pancreatic cancer.
Rooney was CEO of the Oil Heat Institute of Long Island for 36 years after working at the Department of Energy and served as an energy policy adviser to President Reagan during his 1980 campaign and subsequent transition. He was given the OESP Lifetime Achievement Award last month at the Eastern Energy Expo in Connecticut.
Statement from Bruce Fuhrmann, Chairman at OHILI:
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am deeply saddened to announce the untimely passing of Kevin Rooney…our friend and our leader as the long-time CEO of the Oil Heat Institute of L.I.
Over the course of almost four decades, Kevin had become far more than our Association CEO; he was the face of and voice for our industry’s interests to consumers, the media, governmental and elected officials at every level. No-one loved this industry more than Kevin, and no-one worked harder to preserve, protect and promote our industry than he did.
It is said that no-one is irreplaceable, but Kevin came very close to achieving that unique status. His skills, talent, enthusiasm and total dedication to our industry and our association will be sorely missed.”
Family, friends and others whose lives Kevin touched are invited to the Branch Funeral Home, 190 East Main St, Smithtown, Tuesday 2-4 & 7- 9 PM.
Funeral Mass to be held at St. James Lutheran Church, Woodlawn Avenue, St. James, Wednesday at 10:00 a.m