Peter Mooney – A servant Than A Master

The family of the late Sir Dato Dr Peter Mooney arranged the celebration of the Eucharist at St Michael’s Church, Ipoh to coincide with Peter’s 92nd birthday.

The mass was celebrated by Rev Fr. Robin Andrews and con-celebrated by Rev Fr. Peter Kim, SJ on Saturday, 23rd May 2015.

Prof. Dr. Ghazali Musa, one of Peter's adopted sons, explained that although Peter’s birthday falls on 22nd May, the Mass was celebrated the following day to allow many to attend since it is a weekend.

Apart from Prof. Dr. Ghazali and his family, others present included another of Peter's adopted sons, The Honourable Tuan Mat Ghani Abdullah and his family.

The Columbarium
Peter’s generosity as a benefactor extended to many grateful people from diverse backgrounds and nationalities, including John Lee from China who joined the celebration on 23rd May 2015 and a Malaysian student  who is currently pursuing her studies in the UK.

Aziz, Peter’s loyal assistant of over 15 years was also present at the celebration with his family. Bro Vincent of the La Salle Brothers and others from various religious congregations attended the celebration.

Peter’s urn is now placed at the columbarium at the Church of St. Michael’s, Ipoh. A birthday cake was cut and light refreshments and fellowship ensued after Mass.

Matron Beatrice Eu Yoke Lin from Fatima Hospital, Ipoh remembers Peter fondly. Peter was also a former member of the board of governors of the said hospital. Matron Beatrice penned a poem in memoriam of this humble man.



On a quiet day, 27 April 2015…

He laid still before God

In a country he loved

A country called Malaysia

Where his ashes laid forever


On a quiet day….

His family and friends stood still

An illustrious life in reflection spill

A life he led in justice

Before God and community

Where his loved shared to those in need


On a quiet day…

As family and friends paid tribute

To this great man

A tear they fought hard to keep

As they recalled his words and deeds


May his soul rest in peace!

Peter who died on 27th April 2015, was surrounded by immediate family members and close friends before his demise.

The Star in their 28th April 2015 periodical described Peter as “An Irishman, truly Malaysian”

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