April 28, 1923 – Jan. 5, 2016
Patrick Gillooly, a retired machinist, security guard and the senior member of the Buffalo Fenians Gaelic Athletic Association, died Tuesday in his Amherst home. He was 92.
Born in Treanboy, Ballymoe, County Galway, Ireland, he came to Buffalo in 1947. He worked for 40 years as a machinist with Herr Manufacturing and 46 years as a security guard at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.
Soon after arriving in Buffalo, Mr. Gillooly began a 22-year Gaelic Games career with the St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club. An active player for 16 years, he went on to coach and serve as an official at the games. He was a member of the 1953 Midwest Division championship team that went to the final in Chicago.
He was a constant presence at the Gaelic Games and supported the Buffalo Fenians at home and on the road. In 2014, he traveled with the team to Boston, Mass., for a championship match.
A longtime Riverside resident, he also was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Buffalo Irish Center. His wife of 58 years, the former Susan Conlan, died in 2011.
Survivors include four daughters, Theresa Speers, Bridget DiPasquale, Mary Cole and Patricia Gardner; two sisters, Anne Doyle and Sadie Sailors; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in All Saints Catholic Church, 205 Esser Ave.