On March 17, 2012 St. Patrick reached down his hand for Joseph F. Cooney, 95, of Madison, NJ who passed away peacefully, family beside him, at Morristown Memorial Hospital, and took him to the grand party in God’s good Heaven with all his relatives and friends who’d gone on before him. Born and raised in Plainfield, Joe lived in Madison since 1968. He served in the United States Army, 2nd Infantry (Indianhead) Division, 12th Field Artillery in World War Two. He was part of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day+1, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and numerous others. He was a business administrator at Ciba/ Ciba-Geigy, which later became Novartis Pharmaceuticals, for 51 years. He attended daily Mass at St. Thomas More Church, was a member of the Holy Name Society, the 2nd Infantry Division Association, American Legion Post #143, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey. He enjoyed the company of others, Yankees baseball, music and laughter, and throughout his life was known and respected by one and all as a fine Irish gentleman, of the best sort. Joe is pre-deceased by his wife Hazel Theresa Cooney (nee Mueller). He is survived by his three children Robert, Fred, and Joan O’Hare, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.