There was widespread shock at the death of Linda Conroy (nee Lanham), Ballyroan and formerly Marian Avenue, Portlaoise this week following a short illness.
Linda passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.
From a well-known family in Portlaoise, she and her husband Gerry were childhood sweethearts, having grown up near each other in Marian Avenue.
Gerry’s family was also well-known in the town through the family fuel depot. He is a director of local office supplies business, Offtech Ltd.
She was described as a personable and popular person, who was well-liked.
The Conroy family is steeped in sport with Gerry having played GAA with Ballyroan. He also played basketball with Portlaoise Panthers and Portarlington Avon Hawks. Linda was an ever present at the games that Gerry starred in.
Her family also continued the sporting tradition and Scott lined out for Laois senior footballers under manager Justin McNulty and just recently transferred back to his native club Ballyroan-Abbey after a stint in London.
The Ballyroan-Abbey GAA club posted a tribute to her, saying she had been “a large part of our lives and will be missed by all”.
The late Linda was known as a jolly and popular person who had many friends.
She is sadly missed by her heartbroken husband Gerry, sons Keith, Garry and Scott and daughters Emma-Jane and Karen.
Deeply regretted by her mother Maura, mother-in-law Pauline, sisters Teresa and Gillian, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.
Reposal was at her daughter’s residence 17 Cross of Newtown, Ballyroan from 2pm on Tuesday, March 6, with rosary at 8pm. Removal on Wednesday (morning) 7th March at 9am for Requiem Mass at 10am in St. Peter & Paul’s Parish Church, Portlaoise. Burial afterwards in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.