Linda Chell Rooney

Linda Chell Rooney

Bar Harbor, Maine

Linda Chell Rooney, 65, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer, peacefully and quietly at her home surrounded by family. She was born on December 23, 1957, in Trenton, NJ.

Linda was a graduate of Hamilton High School in Trenton, NJ and attended Trenton State College and then began her career as a Paralegal.  After a short stint as a Paralegal, and being a Christmas baby, Linda moved on to open a Christmas shop for several years before moving on to the New Home Building sector and later starting her own successful consulting business focusing on marketing and sales training for New Home Builders management and staff throughout the country. After a family vacation in 1989 to Mount Desert Island and many return trips afterwards, Linda dreamed of moving to MDI and that dream was put into motion in 2010.

All along Linda’s main desire was to write. Linda always said her life read as an epic novel and write she did. Linda would sit on the rugged rocky coast of Mount Desert Island staring out at the North Atlantic Ocean and as thoughts entered her mind, they were transferred to her ever-present notebook(s) that she took everywhere.  She always said you never know when a new idea for a book or character would present itself and dreamt of becoming a published author. She was fortunate enough to fulfill that dream and published her first book, Secrets & Lies, in 2021 and was half-way through her much anticipated second book when she became unable to write anymore.

Daughter of Charles and Mary Chell of Trenton, NJ, Linda is survived by her husband of 41 years Timothy M. Rooney, her daughter Rhiannon L. Rooney and her husband David B. Sheils and their daughter Wren Rooney-Sheils of Rockland, Maine; two brothers, Anthony Chell of Trenton, NJ, and Charles Chell of Doylestown, PA; her sister Cora Bachik and her husband Jon of Trenton, NJ; along with several nieces and nephews. Linda is predeceased by her sister Maria Jackson of Groveville, NJ.

Linda touched many people’s lives and will be missed by all.

A Celebration of Linda’s life will be planned at a later date for family and friends and her family asks that memorial contributions be made in Linda’s name to either of the following: PALS (Patient Air Lift Services) Northern Light Home and Hospice Care, (Under DESIGNATION select “Home Care & Hospice – Hancock County Greatest Care”).

Arrangements by Acadia Burial and Cremation Direct, 248 State St. Ellsworth.

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17 Condolences

  • Tom Prettyman Posted February 22, 2023 1:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss, prayers to your family

    • Jessica Ingenbrandt Posted February 25, 2023 9:18 am

      Linda was an amazing woman and truly knew how to speak up for others, tell a story, and, most importantly, comfort people. I have been best friends with her daughter Rhiannon since age 12 and have spent countless hours in her home. You could always talk to her and she was always prepared with a joke or a hug; usually both. She was the matriarch of a wonderful, warm, funny little family and I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with her and the wisdom she has given to me. She was such a bright, funny, audacious and talented light to this world and I’ll miss her forever. It has been a privilege. She was absolutely magical.

  • Sarah and David Mangs Posted February 22, 2023 4:21 pm

    To Tim, family and friends, We send our deepest condolences. Linda was a feisty, funny, and creative personality who will be sorely missed. We will miss her smile, laughter, cooking and sitting talking on her front porch. RIP dear Linda.

  • Bruce Robert Coffin Posted February 22, 2023 5:56 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all on your loss, Tim. Linda was a special person. I was fortunate to have known her.

  • Alex and Maria Posted February 22, 2023 6:31 pm

    Sending our deepest sympathy love and prayers.

  • Brenda and Art Growden Posted February 22, 2023 6:32 pm

    Sincerely, prayers for your family to have comfort and peace as you process this tremendous loss. We were in Linda’s Facebook family and loved following her journey as you built your beautiful house on Mount Desert Island and she authored her first book. She also had a wicked sense of humor that we enjoyed very much. She will always be remembered.

  • Miriam Doherty Posted February 22, 2023 6:35 pm

    Tim I am so sorry for your loss! Linda will be sadly missed. May she rest in peace!

  • Beverly Petix Posted February 22, 2023 6:52 pm

    Tim, since just about forever I’ve been friends with Anthony and Cora.
    Linda and I connected thru her book which I purchased and enjoyed. Linda had an effervescent personality. Her optimism and enthusiasm for the “yes I can” in life leaves me ever grateful to have known her. I’m sad for her passing. Please know she inspires me & lives in my heart forevermore with her zest for life and love of her family. Blessings to you all. Bev

    • John Rod Posted February 23, 2023 3:29 pm

      I am so sad to hear Tim. Linda and I have worked together on many projects. When I fist met Linda, she was a client and we then became friends. Her talent and passion for writing made her a great asset for my business and to the clients we served. I loved her book and all that it came to represent for her. She will be missed but not forgotten. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Kate Flora Posted February 22, 2023 6:55 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Linda was a warm and generous member of the Maine crime writing community. She will be missed.

  • Sandra Ledbetter Posted February 22, 2023 7:34 pm

    Saddened by the news of Linda’s passing. My heart goes out to her family, friends and loved ones. Linda lived a full life and did what she loved. Prayers and love sent to all. God Bless.

  • Edwin MacNicoll Posted February 23, 2023 10:27 am

    My condolence for your lost. As a long time friend of her family, I knew her as a child. She was a friend on Facebook, as I shared for her desire to be a publish author. She loved words, she left her book and her words for many new readers in the future to enjoy. I had the pleasure to read her book which I could not put down and felt that I was there wnen reading it. May god bless her and her family at this time.

  • Brenda Buchanan Posted February 23, 2023 11:30 am

    I’m so sorry to read of Linda’s death.. I knew her as a member of the Maine writing community and she was so dedicated to her craft, but her first and greatest love was of her family. My deepest condolences.

  • Dottie Fawcett Posted February 23, 2023 11:33 am

    Tim, sorry for your loss. Linda and I worked together on many projects over the years and I followed her on Facebook. She was witty and creative.

  • Richard Cass Posted February 23, 2023 1:16 pm

    So sorry to hear this. My condolences. I always enjoyed my conversations with Linda about writing and MDI. I’ll miss her energy.

  • Michael P Kall Posted February 28, 2023 10:03 pm

    My deepest thoughts and prayers to Linda and the Chell and Rooney Family’s .

  • Nicki Dunbar Posted April 12, 2023 3:36 pm

    Tim, family and friends of Linda, I offer my deep condolences for your loss. I did not know her long, nor well, but I admired both her bubbly enthusiasm, and the creativity and the determination with which she faced challenges. Wishing you peace.

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