Funeral Held for New Canaan Boy, 23 Months, Victim of Driveway Car Accident

Hundreds attended the funeral Wednesday for Declan Leo Cooney, who died Friday in a car accident in the driveway of his home.

"He had a loving nature, and when his soft brown eyes reached out to you, or when he learned your name, you knew you were special to Declan."
"He had a loving nature, and when his soft brown eyes reached out to you, or when he learned your name, you knew you were special to Declan."
The funeral for Declan Leo Cooney, the 23-month-old boy who died as the result of a car accident in the driveway of his New Canaan home, was held Wednesday night with 500 attending the service in St. Aloysius Church.

His mother was "the center of his life—until he spotted a familiar figure coming up the walk. Daddy was home and everything stopped,” the boy's grandfather, Leo Cooney, said during the service, the New Canaanite reported.

New Canaan police have not released details about the accident on Mill Road that resulted in  Declan Cooney's death. In a brief news release last weekend, police said the boy "was struck when a vehicle was attempting to back out of the driveway." The driver has not been identified by police.

Celentano Funeral Home published this obituary Wednesday for Cooney:

Declan Leo Cooney, age 23 months, of New Canaan, died suddenly on June 6, 2014 in Norwalk Hospital.  Born in New Haven on June 19, 2012, he was the beloved son of Josh and Jude Cooney of New Canaan.

He is also survived by three sisters, Lydon, Keira and Niamh Cooney and a brother, Teddy Cooney; grandparents Leo and Kathleen Cooney of New Haven; Steve and Cindy Whitaker of Watertown; and his very special friend, his great grandfather, Edward Walsh.

Declan was a blessing, funny, happy and joyful, with a smile that could light up the world. He loved his trains and cars, and playing outside with his brother and sisters.

He loved music and dancing, and he loved hockey, but most of all, he loved his family.

He took delight in their baseball, soccer and lacrosse games; their family dinners; their warm and loving community of friends; all his many cousins, aunts and uncles; and great aunts and uncles. 

He was generous with his hugs, and always seemed to know when someone needed one. He had a loving nature, and when his soft brown eyes reached out to you, or when he learned your name, you knew you were special to Declan.

He was so loved by so many who will cherish each moment he had on this earth, and who will remember every day what a wonderful boy he was.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 40 Maple St., New Canaan. Interment will be private.

Bob Zyskowski June 13, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Terry - You are spot on. After you have performed your checks, the child now runs behind the vehicle. He cannot be seen using the good old methods. I just read an article stating that over 400 children were killed by cars backing out of the driveways in a 2 year span. There is no doubt that many of these deaths would have been prevented by the use of modern technology. Back up camera regulations originated under George W Bush and is expected to be signed into law in 2015.
somewhereingreenwich June 13, 2014 at 07:59 PM
I don't understand why people are giving advise on what they should have done, would have done. Seriously people? It was an accident all your speculation isn't making this easier for the family that reads what you are writing on the internet so I ask is it really necessary or do you just crave attention? This could have been any of us in the drivers situation. Imagine for a minute how he or she is feeling at this very moment or the fact that they will live with this for the rest of their lives. Instead of saying what you would have done, should have done if you were the driver or why didn't they have a camera or modern technology or a yard stick, why don't you stop and give your condolences to the grieving family for the loss they are suffering. Have a heart for crying out loud and stop speculating. This wasn't put online to be a hijacked gossip column for your rants. That said after reading some of the garbage on here, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Cooney family. I am sadden to read this news and sorry your angel is in the arms of god so early in his life. It goes against the order of operation and is absolutely devastating. My prayers and heart go out to you during this very trying time. May god and your fond memories of Declan give you strength.
Gladys Villafane June 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM
My prayers for the family.God bless all.
nana of 5 June 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM
my heart goes out to the family,sweet baby is now an angel looking down on us. May he RIP.


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