Patrick Joseph Conran, of Riverside, died May 3, 2020.
Born July 30, 1928 in Chicago to Irish immigrant parents, Lena (d. 1977) and Thomas Conran (d. 1985), he was one of seven siblings and grew up on the city’s West Side.
He attended Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica National Shrine grammar school and St. Philip Basilica High School. He served in the Armed Forces during the Korean War in 1950-51, where he received two Purple Hearts.
After returning from the war, he was employed at Proctor and Gamble, where he worked for 43 years until his retirement. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at Northwestern University while working full time at P&G.
A man of deep faith and devotion, Mr. Conran humbly and generously served his family and community. He volunteered countless hours tending the gardens of St. Mary Church in Riverside, which gave him great joy for many years.
Mr. Conran was given the Christifidelis (Faithful to Christ) Award for his humble service to his church, bestowed by Cardinal Francis George at Holy Name Cathedral. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at a local homeless shelter.
He was an active member of the St. Mary’s choir and a longtime member of barbershop choirs in the Chicago area. Recently, his children joined him on his Chicago Korean War Veterans’ Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., an incredibly moving experience for all. Mr. Conran faithfully supported his children’s and grandchildren’s pursuits, attending innumerable concerts, shows, sporting events, birthdays, graduations, baptisms, and weddings over the years.
All who knew him were struck by his kind and gentle soul, his goodness, his humble spirit, quiet wisdom, and generous heart.
He married Patricia Cannon (d. 1995) in 1957 and together they raised four children: Karen Wagner (Mike), Kevin (Linda), Michael (Mona), and Michele Hunter (Terrence). He was the grandfather (Grandpa Pat) of Rebecca Jackson, Michael Wagner, Rachel Bukowski, Matthew Wagner, Caitlin Chase, Ryan Conran, Carly Conran, Tori Conran, Houston Hunter and Hollister Hunter; the great grandpa to eight. Survived by his sisters Josephine Egan (Thomas) and Kathleen Conran, preceded in death by Marie Belanger (George), Helen Fallon (Frank), Thomas Conran (Joan), and Agnes Young (Howard); patriarch and uncle to so many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held at a date yet to be determined.
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.