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Camden New Journal - OBITUARY
Published: 11 September 2008

Anthony Rooney
Musical biker with a passion for tennis

ANTHONY Rooney was a popular tennis coach in Parliament Hill fields who shared a twin love for music and motorbikes.
Better known as “Lou”, he was a familiar face around Mansfield Road in Gospel Oak where he was often seen outside his home tending to his prize asset, a sparkling Harley Davidson motorbike.
He passed away on September 2 in the Royal Free hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 64.
Mr Rooney was a keen sportsman for the whole of his life and spent many happy years coaching children and playing tennis with friends. He developed a natural love of music and was an accomplished flamenco guitarist, often playing with friends at venues throughout Camden.
Friends said he would be remembered for his love of motorbikes and in particular his Harley Davidson bike.
Petra Dando, a lifelong friend, said: “He was quite unique in that he got on well with just about everyone. He had friends from all walks of life.
“He was an amazing tennis player – one of the top players in London. His bike became a real talking piece around Mansfield Road. When he came round to our house our street cred would really go up.”
She said Anthony was lovingly cared for throughout his illness by his late brother Ronald and family.
His funeral takes place at midday tomorrow (Friday) at St Marylebone Crematorium, East End Road, East Finchley.
Tom Foot

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