A good man has left us. Patrick John Conroy, our dear husband, brother, father, grandfather and uncle passed peacefully surrounded by his loving wife Helen and six children.
Patrick John Conroy was born in Harlowton, Mont. on Jan. 11, 1931 to Clem and Edna Conroy. He graduated from Judith Gap High School, excelling in academics, music and sports. He attended college at both Rocky Mountain College as well as Carroll College, where he received a degree in education. He later obtained a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Montana.
In 1951, he married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Brewington. Together they had six children and enjoyed a life full of family, friends and fun. With Pat’s career, he and his family enjoyed the communities of Winnett, Roy, Havre, Chinook, Kalispell, Browning and St. Leo’s. Special Memories and life long friendships were formed and still remain special to each of us.
Pat became a highly successful and respected teacher, coach and administrator. He was always guided by his character and uncompromising principles. He was an extremely gifted motivator in more ways than can be described. He had a knack for earning the respect of his students, at times by instilling some “worry” in those he taught. His ultimate goal was always the same: to support and encourage his students to excel in every aspect of their lives.
Pat also enjoyed many outdoor activities. Whether it be hunting, camping or riding a good horse. He especially loved spending time in the Big Snowy Mountains. However, he most enjoyed following his kids and grandkids in all of their sporting endeavors, traveling thousands of miles in the process.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Hughes and grandson Micah Patrick Breding. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen Conroy, his children Debbie (Ed) Breding, Kevin (Patti) Conroy, Patti (Gene) Schinnick, Keith Conroy, Kyle (Lynn) Conroy, and Kathy (Calvin) Satterfield; his 16 grandchildren 8 great- grandchildren; sister Margaret Johnston; and brothers Kenneth, Tom and David Conroy.
Our family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the entire St. John’s family who provided excellent emotional, physical and spiritual support to our Dad and Grandpa. You are all greatly appreciated.
Dad — We love you and will miss you. You have taught us well and we will do our best to make you proud. God Bless
A rosary will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Judith Gap, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11t. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, at Judith Gap High School Gymnasium.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries or the charity of your choice.