ILWACO Kevin Michael Dooney, 46, of Ilwaco, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, near Astoria, in an airplane crash. He was born Nov. 23, 1964, in Radford, Va., to Thomas Alfred Tad and Marcella Glenn Dooney. His mother survives, residing in Estero, Fla. His father preceded him in death in 1994.
A ships captain most of his career, Mr. Dooney studied marine science and marine transportation, earning his bachelors degree from Texas A&M University in 1989. He continued to study at various other marine technical training schools. After coming to the North Coast, he became a pilot for the Columbia River Bar Pilots in March 2008. He also served as a harbormaster on Sakhalin Island, off the coast of Siberia, Russia.
Family members said his hobbies and interests included surfing, camping and hunting.
In addition of his mother, he is survived by a son, Roarke Aidan Conor Dooney of Miami; a stepfather, Willard F. Williams of Estero; a brother, Keith Andrew Dooney of Longview; and a nephew, Sean Thomas Dooney of Longview.
A memorial service was held on Friday, June 10, at Peace Lutheran Church, 565 12th St., with Pastor Steve Dornfeld officiating.
Hughes-Ransom Cremation and Mortuaries of Astoria is in charge of the arrangements.