Patricia Rooney Steelers
Patricia Rooney was best known as the wife of late Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who has reportedly died at the age of 88. The Steelers said in a statement that Patricia Rooney died peacefully at her home on Saturday.
Patricia Rooney’s husband, who died in April 2017, served as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-12.
“My family and I are mourning the passing of my mother, Patricia,” Steelers president Art Rooney II 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 gave much of her time to the Pittsburgh community, and “left a lasting impression on so many people and organizations in our area, especially the Salvation Army,” and many other groups on Pittsburgh’s North Side, where his parents lived.
Mrs. Rooney was one of four women from influential NFL ownership families who was recently featured in “A Lifetime of Sundays,” a documentary produced by Jane Goodell, wife of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. She was profiled along with Virginia Halas McCaskey of the Chicago Bears, Norma Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs and Martha Ford of the Detroit Lions.
“Patricia was passionately devoted to her faith, the wonderful family she and Dan raised and adored, the Pittsburgh community, and the Steelers’ organization. She was also one of the most passionate football fans you could ever meet and very proud of the number of female fans around the world.”
Patricia Rooney Age
According to her date of birth, Patricia Rooney was 88 years old at the time of death.
Patricia Rooney Net Worth
Art Rooney Sr. launched what turned out to be a can’t-lose startup in 1933, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rooneys have held onto their team for decades and have gotten wildly rich as NFL values have skyrocketed across the league. Today the Steelers are worth $1.35 billion. Art’s son Dan Rooney is the chairman, and grandson Art Rooney II is president. Two of Dan’s siblings, Tim and Pat, both sold their 16% stakes in the Steelers in 2009 when the team was worth $1.02 billion.
Tim now runs Empire City Casino, a gambling hall and racetrack just north of New York City that brings in $540 million of revenue a year.
Dan Rooney Wife
Dan Rooney was married to his wife Patricia Regan for sixty-five years. They first met in the office of the Steelers where she was working and got married soon after. The couple had nine children together, although he was predeceased by two of his daughters.
Dan Rooney Family
Mrs. Rooney is survived by her brother, Martin Francis Regan, and 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 predeceased her.
Dan Rooney Obituary
On Saturday night the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the passing of Patricia Rooney, wife of late Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, at the age of 88. The Steelers said that Mrs. Rooney died peacefully at her home. A cause of death was not given.
“My family and I are mourning the passing of my mother, Patricia,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II in a statement released by the team. “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 so much to not only all of us in the family, but she gave so much of her time and energy helping 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 in 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 appreciate everyone with your thoughts and prayers.”
Dan Rooney Funeral
Due to COVID-19 precautions, funeral arrangements are private. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.