The Rev. [C. Douglas Cooney], a retired United Methodist pastor and church official, died of cancer Friday at Charlestown Retirement Community, where he had lived for the past six years. He was 75 and formerly resided in Aberdeen and Bel Air.
In 1954, he was named associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Prince George's County. He then served Gatch Memorial Church in Northeast Baltimore's Gardenville. Later, as pastor of Grace Church in Aberdeen, he led a campaign to build a new church. He subsequently served at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Montgomery County before returning as senior pastor to the Hyattsville church.
"He had long pastorates and was a builder and developer of churches," said the Rev. Edwin Schell, a retired Methodist pastor and historian who lives in Catonsville. "He was a person of force, and his stature commended him to leadership. He was entrusted with important duties within Methodism."