Patricia Rooney, the wife of the late Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, has died. She was 88 years old.
The Steelers said in a statement that Patricia Rooney died peacefully in her home on Saturday. No cause of death was given.
Patricia Rooney’s husband, who died in April 2017, was the US Ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2012.
“My family and I mourn my mother Patricia,” Art Rooney II, President of Steelers, said in a 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. “”
Art Rooney said his mother had devoted much of her time to the Pittsburgh community and “made a lasting impression on so many people and organizations in our area, particularly the Salvation Army and many other groups on the north side of Pittsburgh where his parents lived.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his wife said in a statement that Patricia Rooney represents her family and the Steelers with “exceptional grace, dignity and integrity”.
Goodell’s statement reads: “Patricia was passionate about her faith, the wonderful families she and Dan raised and worshiped, the Pittsburgh community, and the Steelers organization. She was also one of the most passionate soccer fans you could ever meet and very proud of the number of female fans around the world. “
Funeral arrangements are private.
“We will celebrate their lives and the memories we have of them for our family at this challenging time,” said her son. “We appreciate everyone with your thoughts and prayers.”
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