Peter Looney Scholarship Fund

CHAD awards a $1500 scholarships annually, in Peter Looney’s name, to high school seniors going on to college. Peter Looney, the Chairman for CHAD for 20+ years was dedicated to helping the youth of Charlestown. The scholarship will be awarded at Peter Looney Park, Union Street on Tuesday June 9th, 2015. The application deadline is June 1, 2015.

Fill Out an Application Online

You can also pick up an application at one of the following:

The Boston Public Library Charlestown Branch

The Boys and Girls Club of Charlestown

The Lacrosse Center on Green Street

The Cooperative Bank

Return completed application to: CHAD, c/o Peter Looney Scholarship, P.O. Box 335 in care of Billy Boyle.

If you should have any questions, don’t hesitate to email:

Peter Looney
Peter R. Looney, 1941-2011

Peter R. Looney, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, died on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a courageous battle with cancer and declining health. He was 69 years old.

Peter was born in Medford on Nov. 18, 1941 to the late William and Agnes (Burns) Looney and was a surrogate son to the late Patrick and Alice Murphy.

He grew up in Charlestown where he attended St. Mary’s Parochial School and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1960. Peter worked for more than 27 years as a sheetmetal worker and was a member of The Sheetmetal Workers Union Local # 17. He also worked as a Clerk of Works for the City of Boston for more than 11 years and retired in 2006.

Peter was a devoted Townie to the many trials and tribulations that so many people of Charlestown encountered. Peter was always there to help anyone at anytime in need. He was very influential in the forming of Charlestown Against Drugs Program and has been its chairman since its inception in the 1980s. He was always concerned with the young children growing up in Charlestown.

Peter was a member of The Majestic Knights Drum & Bugle Corps of Charlestown, Bunker Hill Irish Heritage Society, Bunker Hill Associates Charter Member and Past President, Bunker Hill Council # 62, Knights of Columbus, and The Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association. Peter was involved in the Charlestown Mayor’s Race, The Charlestown Neighborhood Council where he was chairman for 10 years, Friends of Charlestown District Court, Mishawum Park Tenants Association where he was a former Chairman, Dennis McLaughlin House Board Member, Townie Santa, Mayor’s Task Force for New Police Station, Charlestown Historical Society, Election Organizer Bunker Hill Housing Development Tenants Task Force, Charlestown Fire Fund, CSAC, MGH Charlestown Board of Advisors, Camp Bunker Hill, Charlestown Community Appreciation Awards former Chairman, Ward 2 Democratic Committee, Bunker Hill Day Parade Committee, USS Bunker Hill Commissioning Committee, 911 Committee, Gulf War Welcome Home Committee, Zelma Lacey Assisted Living House Advisory Board former Chairman, Christmas for Kids former Chairman, St. Mary’s Church Parish Council, BNN-TV Charlestown Live, Host and BNN-TV Bunker Hill Day Parade Coverage Host.

Peter is the beloved husband of 47 years to Mary Ellen “Mae” (Sullivan) Looney. He is the devoted father of Peter P. Looney Jr. and his wife Diane of Marshfield and Michelle O’Leary and her husband Thomas of Marshfield. He is the loving “Dado” to Brendan, Molly and Nolan Looney and Brooke and Meadow O’Leary. He is the beloved brother of Robert Looney of New York, William Looney of Harwich, Lawrence Looney of Haverhill and the late Patricia MacFadden, Patricia Foley and Virginia Walsh. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, dear relatives and friends.

CHAD honors the legacy that Peter left

An open letter from the board members and volunteers involved with Charlestown Against Drugs:

The board members and volunteers of Charlestown Against Drugs wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our Chairman Peter Looney.

Peter passed from this earth on August 11, 2011 at the age of 69. Almost half of his life spent as chairman of Charlestown Against Drugs (CHAD). We would like to reassure the Looney family and all of Charlestown that the work Peter has done to establish and nurture CHAD will not be forgotten nor neglected.

CHAD will continue as Peter would have wanted it to, as an all volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Charlestown.

Peter has passed from this earth, but his spirit will live on though Charlestown Against Drugs. The path that Peter has carved will continue to be heavily traveled by providing programs that are dedicated to serving the residents of Charlestown, especially our youth. CHAD is committed to honoring the legacy that Peter left us. It is our intention to continue the good work of CHAD.

Peter can never be replaced, but his work ethic and commitment to the town he loved so much will carry on through those who worked side by side with him. With Peter always in our hearts, CHAD will continue its efforts to assist the residents and organizations of the Charlestown community when and where ever we are needed.