(Cincinnati, OH) – We sadly share the news that our dear friend and former President of Cincinnati Right to Life, Mr. J. Patrick Conroy, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, surrounded by his family. Before him, his wife Margaret Mary Conroy had died.
Pat was born in Norwich, New York, the fourth of seven children. He was a US Army veteran who served our country in the European Theater during World War II. While Pat and his wife were both actively involved in their community, Pat was equally committed to the cause of life. He was President of Cincinnati Right to Life from 1999 to 2005. He was a practical president who, while technically a volunteer, spent the daily hours in the office. Before retiring, Pat helped revitalize the board of directors and the statutes to prepare us for significant future endeavors. Many current board members and other active pro-lifers can refer to Pat as their recruiter.
For years he attended the Saturday vigils of the Helpers of the Precious Children of God at Cincinnati Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Med Center in Sharonville before it closed. Pat committed to the Right to Life print newsletter and worked to improve its distribution and modernize mailing practices. Thanks to his efforts, our newsletter currently reaches over 12,000 people. According to our former Executive Director Paula Westwood, the advice Pat once gave for generations to come was “get involved or stop complaining.” Even until his last days, Pat kept abreast of life news and often called the office to offer advice and assistance on the matter.
Current Cincinnati President Jack Hart remembers Pat as “a man of faith and grace, always with a dash of his signature dry humor.” Jack stated, “He is committed to protecting the lives of the unborn and the health of their mothers – and the well-being of both throughout their lives through his commitment to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and other nonprofit organizations. Pat remains an inspiration to those of us who trace our beginnings in our cause to his persuasive leadership. “
Pat was a man of the greatest generation and a warrior for the precious unborn child. We are confident that Pat’s soul will be accompanied by the voices of many babies who, once silenced by death, will speak on behalf of the Almighty.