Brian Mooney

Tuesday May 1st at the age of 66, Brian Mooney passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Chatham-Kent Hospice. Shock has rippled through family, friends and surrounding tennis and pickleball communities. A recent sudden hospitalization revealed advanced lung cancer.

Throughout his work life in Toronto and South Western Ontario, Brian worked as a private investigator, owned a jewelry store, coached tennis, flew planes, worked at Sport Chek and managed a tennis store, Of Courts. Brian’s sense of humor and swagger on the tennis court (and, let’s be frank, off the court too) will be most remembered. He had big hair, a big personality and an even bigger heart. He loved his family members, the sun, all living creatures, being outdoors, especially feeding his birds and walking his dogs.

He is survived by Mumbi Mooney (wife), Matthew Mooney (nephew), Justin Mooney (nephew) and Amanda Mooney (niece) Michelle Mooney (cousin), and her son Alex, Caroline and Robert Stevens (cousins) Laurie and Gary Mooney and Brett, Mary and Lisa (cousins). He will be fondly remembered by Pat Duncan. Brian is predeceased by Paul and Ruby Mooney (parents) and Barry Mooney (brother). The imprint Brian left on this planet is unmistakable. All his friends and family will love him for all time.

Everyone is welcome to attend a Celebration of Life at Erieau Beach Saturday May 19th at 12 noon with a reception to follow. Please RSVP to We think Brian would have wanted to be remembered with joy over sadness (recognizing that our hearts are extremely heavy with his sudden and far too early passing), and we will do our best (if at times failing best) to honour him that way.

At 12 NOON a Memorial will be held at Laverne Kelly Pavillion in Erieau, look for the yellow balloons (take a right turn at Erieau Variety, toward the lake).

Reception and celebration of life to be held at 12:30 at Bayside Brewing Co.
970 Ross Lane,
Erieau, ON, N0P 1N0

18 Comments on “Brian Mooney”

  1. Out thoughts and prayers for Mumbi and family. He will truly be missed especially his smile. ❤️

  2. My pickle ball paddle needed a new wrapping, Brian working at Sports Chek claimed he could do just that with instructions for a black wrapping, it came back with an orange wrapping. Love you for that Brain. Nick . Nick & Nancy O’Donohue will always miss your super smile. Rest in peace.

  3. Mumbi our hearts are broken for you. Bryan was a fun guy and we will miss him. Our prayers are with you. Xo

  4. My deepest condolences to Brian’s wife, Mumbi, and family. He was well-loved by the entire tennis community. We knew that when Brian was on the court, tennis was going to be both fun and challenging. I will always cherish those moments. He was a tremendously talented athlete. And, an incredibly kind and loyal friend. If anyone ever needed his help, he was always willing to give of his time or expertise. Brian will be greatly missed but his generosity, sense of humour, and warmth will be remembered forever. I am privileged to have known him.

  5. Brian, you have only just moved on to be by the side of your parents, and I know that I will miss you for the rest of my life. I met you through Ruby and I felt like another of your siblings. You were a one of a kind guy and my heart cries for the whole you have left in all of the lives of those of us who have known you, whether for a lifetime or a day. We had many discussions about God and the afterlife and you disagreed with me about hedgeing your bets. Now you know. ☺ Give Ruby a hug for me when you see her.
    Mumbi, I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Great friend had a lot of good times on and off the courts felt like a brother to me he will be missed… By me

  7. I clearly remember meeting Brian at the old All Canadian Club in the early 80s and thinking what is a cool dude like him socializing with my straight laced dad,my bro and me.I will miss his dry wit big hair and kindness forever. Until we meet again Brian.

  8. Mumbi – Peggy and I have you thoughts and prayers in our hearts and will be there for you if the need arises. God Bless Brian, you and all your family. Mike

  9. Mumbi:
    So sorry for your loss. I am not sure that you were as surprised as the rest of us but still as a spouse and friend it is difficult to go through
    these rough waters. I ost Barry, Brians brother five years ago Mar. 26/13. Still miss him. If I can be of any help to you. please dont hesitate
    to get in touch.

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mumbi.
    We met both you and Brian only months ago, last fall to be exact. The impact it has had on me knowing him only such a short time shows how special he truly was. I remember talking and laughing with both of you at the Markham pickleball tournament. I always enjoyed seeing you both in Chatham, and when you were not there, I always asked about you and how you were doing and hoping to see and play a game of pickleball with you. I recently spoke to Brian about him hoping to play tennis in the states if everything worked out.
    Our hearts go out to you.
    God Bless you Mumbi
    Love Cathy and Ernie Charette

  11. Brian and I were friends for over 25 years. We played a lot of tennis, had a lot of laughs and great conversations. He had a great outlook on life along with his dry sense of humor. He will be missed and never forgotten. I am thankful that he was in my life for so many years.
    My thoughts and condolences go out to Mumbi and family.

  12. I’ve never met Brian but know he made Mumbi happy so I’m sure he was a wonderful human being. My love and thoughts go out to Mumbi and family <3

  13. A huge thank-you to all of you who have commented on Brian and given your support. It is incredibly shocking and sad to lose him. At the same time, he would have wanted all those he met for 5 minutes or 25 years to continue to laugh and enjoy life.

    On behalf of all Brian’s family, we hope you will come to the reception at Bayside Brewing Co. and share funny stories and good memories on May 19th.

  14. Brian had the biggest heart of any person I know. He would do anything for a friend and I consider myself lucky that he called me his friend. As the owner of Of Courts I had the privelage of working and spending long periods of time with Brian. He truly cared about people and of course also animals which played a huge part of his life. He also spoke when we were at work together of his love for his wife Mumbi and his only regrets was that they didn’t meet sooner. I can’t believe that he’s gone:( the world truly is without a wonderful human being but hopefully he is reunited with his beloved dog “Moon” and watching over his friends and family

  15. Brian and I met in kindergarten in Toronto in 1956 and remained friends throughout the passing years. We played sports from a young age and managed to get through puberty virtually unscathed. Once maturity set in we spent time together on the beach in Kincardine. Brian was always quick with a sarcastic remark followed by that well known smile. Brian introduced me to my wife, Susan, of 40 years, was the best man at my wedding and godfather to our son. Brian would entertain our son with stories of things we did growing up and get a kick out of stirring up trouble. Stafford Jr.’s memories are of Brian showing up in different flashy cars. Brian, we will miss you and your sense of humour. You have left us far too soon. We hope that you are watching from above with your beloved parents Ruby and Paul as well as your brother Barry and of course Moon. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Mumbi and to all who loved Brian. We love you!

  16. Dear Mumbi, sending sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. May fond memories give you strength during the coming days!

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