- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2006

BOSTON (AP) — Raymond C. Dooley, a top aide to former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, died April 9 of pancreatic cancer in Ireland, where he had been living for most of the last decade. He was 54.

Mr. Dooley was Mr. Flynn’s campaign manager in the 1983 mayoral race, after which Mr. Flynn succeeded four-term mayor Kevin White.

Mr. Dooley then served in the mayor’s administration and later for Citizens Energy Corp., a nonprofit, low-cost heating-oil operation that is headed by former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, a Democrat.

Mr. Kennedy was scheduled to give the eulogy at Mr. Dooley’s funeral Wednesday in Howth, Ireland.

When he moved to Ireland, Mr. Dooley became director of the anti-poverty Children’s Rights Alliance for several years.

Born in Philadelphia in 1951 and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Dooley moved to Massachusetts to attend the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

“Ray was one of a kind,” Mr. Flynn told the Boston Globe on Sunday. “He had his own inimitable style. His low voice, his endless cups of coffee and all his cigarettes — until he quit. His readiness, his willingness, his compulsion to talk and talk and talk until every question was solved — whether they were questions about policy or politics or baseball.”

Mr. Dooley leaves his wife, Anne Rowland, three children, two brothers and his mother, Valerie, of Catonsville, Md. He will be buried in Mayo, Ireland.

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