The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Saturday evening that Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Dan Rooney and mother to current Steelers team president Art Rooney II, passed away at the age of 88.
We mourn the loss of Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney.https://t.co/XAydBiVal7— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 31, 2021
The following statement was made by Art Rooney II as reported by Steelers.com:
“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 on Saturday night. “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. 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.”
Following the announcement, many current and former Steelers as well as those who have covered the team as well as others around the NFL, took to social media to offer their condolences.
Steeler Nation lost a wonderful woman tonight. A few months after my daughter was born, Mrs Rooney picked out a game day outfit for her first game. She picked it out personally. Delivered it personally. It’s the football business but it’s the Steeler family. #Steelers https://t.co/WC8QYASfaY— Chad Brown (@chadbrown94) January 31, 2021
My thoughts are with the Rooney family during this difficult time. https://t.co/nhDeiKtMES— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) January 31, 2021
Mrs. Rooney was a beautiful woman! She was so kind, caring & loving. She will be missed, & I am forever grateful to her, Mr. Rooney and their family. Tell the old man we miss him. Rest in Paradise !! #GeauxSteelers— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) January 31, 2021
You were truly loved.— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) January 31, 2021
R.I.P Mrs. Rooney
up to the Rooney family .— Terence Garvin (@T_Garvin28) January 31, 2021
Praying for the Rooney family https://t.co/Kfx0BBwQns— Alex Highsmith (@highsmith34) January 31, 2021
We lost a great one— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) January 31, 2021
Love you Mrs. Rooney pic.twitter.com/nMBjBD1Elj
Very sad to hear the news that Mrs. Patricia Rooney has died. She was a very special person, always kind, dignified and classy. Mrs. Rooney also had a wonderful sense of humor. She was a pillar of Pittsburgh. My prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Rooney family.— Alby Oxenreiter (@albyox) January 31, 2021
She was the most amazing woman. In every respect. My deepest sympathies go out to the Rooney family and to all in the Steeler organization. She was incomparable and a cherished gift to Pittsburgh. https://t.co/dqJHVDdQzv— Sally Wiggin (@wiggin_sally) January 31, 2021
Mrs. Rooney was kind, classy, and funny. She will be greatly missed. Praying for the Rooney family as they mourn her loss. https://t.co/9QGHWle7az— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) January 31, 2021
RIP Mrs. Rooney— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) January 31, 2021
My condolences to the entire Rooney Family
RIP Mrs. Rooney.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) January 31, 2021
If there was such a thing, you were undoubtedly the First Lady of the North Side.
What a selfless person. She did much for many.
Thank you for all the condolences. Mom worked hard to to try to help build a more civil and peaceful world❤️☘️ pic.twitter.com/tA8TFjUZuY— Jim Rooney (@ADiffWay2Win) January 31, 2021
Statement from Saints Owner Gayle Benson on the passing of Patricia Rooney: pic.twitter.com/KN0IFyfW7Q— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 31, 2021
Robert Morris University joins the entire Pittsburgh community in mourning the passing of Patricia Rooney, an emeritus member of the university’s Board of Trustees and a former RMU professor.— Robert Morris University (@RMU) January 31, 2021
The University’s statement on the passing of Patricia Rooney is below. pic.twitter.com/HpyuQdN3mO
The Penguins offer our sincere condolences to the Rooney family and Steelers nation— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 31, 2021
Praying for the Rooney family https://t.co/y8ZCIg9dkj— Kent Chevalier (@kentchevalier) January 31, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rooney family. https://t.co/Zp8yLsSPjm— Eddie Faulkner (@coachfaulk) January 31, 2021
The NFL lost a matriarch in Pat Rooney. She embodied the spirit of Pittsburgh in how she lived her life. She impacted everyone she met, and inspired and nurtured in her own uniquely genuine way. RIP Pat and we celebrate the virtues you & Dan have bestowed upon us all.— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) January 31, 2021