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On Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the passing of Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Steelers president Dan Rooney, at the age of 88.
The Steelers said that Ms. Rooney died peacefully at her home. The cause of her death was not given.
We mourn the loss of Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney.https: //t.co/XAydBiVal7
– Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 31, 2021
Dan and Patricia were married for 65 years, until he passed away in April 2017 at the age of 84. Dan Rooney served as the United States Ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2012.
“My family and I are mourning the passing of my mother, Patricia,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a team statement. “She helped raise nine children while supporting my father’s career with the Steelers and his time as ambassador to Ireland. It is a sad day for our family.
“My mother meant a lot not only to all members of the family, but she gave a lot of her time and energy to help those in need in the Pittsburgh community,” added her son. “She will leave a lasting impression on so many people and organizations in our area, especially the Salvation Army and many organizations on the north side of Pittsburgh, where my parents called home.
“We will celebrate her life and the memories we have of her during this challenging time for our family. We thank everyone with her thoughts and her prayers. ”
‘A Lifetime of Sundays’
In particular, Ms. Rooney was one of four women from influential NFL-owning families who recently appeared in “A Lifetime of Sundays,” a documentary produced by Jane Goodell, wife of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. She was described alongside Virginia Halas McCaskey of the Chicago Bears, Norma Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Martha Ford of the Detroit Lions.
“Patricia represented the Rooney family and the Steelers with extraordinary grace, dignity and integrity,” Roger and Jane Goodell said in a statement. “Patricia was passionately dedicated to her family, the wonderful family that she and Dan raised and loved, the Pittsburgh community and the Steelers organization. She was also one of the most passionate soccer fans you will ever meet and very proud of the number of fans around the world.
Steelers Players React to the News of Mrs. Rooney’s Death
In the wake of the sad news, Steelers players past and present took to social media to express their condolences.
Below is a sample of some of the early posts.
Mrs. Rooney was a beautiful woman! She was so kind, loving and caring. She will be missed and I will always be grateful to her, Mr. Rooney and her family. Tell the old man we miss him. Rest in paradise 👑 !! #GeauxSteelers
– Ryan Clark (@ Realrclark25) January 31, 2021
Steeler Nation lost a wonderful woman tonight. A few months after my daughter was born, Mrs. Rooney chose a game day outfit for her first game. She chose it personally. I delivered it personally. It’s the football business, but it’s the Steeler family.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, funeral arrangements are private. A memorial mass will be celebrated at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army or the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Ms. Rooney is survived by her brother, Martin Francis Regan, and her sisters Evelyn R. O’Brien, Rita R. Heberle, and Irene R. Hill. Sisters Mary Regan, Joan Regan, Geraldine R. Glenn, and brothers John Regan and Thomas Regan passed away before her.