‘Tis a sad day for me as I was greeted with terrible news that one of my literary heroes Pat Conroy lost his battle to cancer. I became a massive fan of Mr. Conroy after reading Beach Music several years ago which inevitably changed my perception of life and helped me through my darkest moments. Also reading every book he’d written in between made me realized so much about myself, other people and as I’ve said, my perception of life in general.
Pat Conroy is born Donal Patrick Conroy on October 26, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the eldest of seven children born to Marine Colonel Donal Conroy and Frances Peek. He’d written several acclaimed novels and memoirs which includes The Prince Of Tides and The Great Santini that were made into Oscar nominated films.
Pat died at his home Friday in Beaufort, South Carolina, surrounded by family and loved ones, according to his publisher on March 4, 2016. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. He was 70.
You’ll surely be missed Mr. Conroy and your legacy will live on!