Pat Conroy

  • Born: October 26, 1945
  • Died: March 4, 2016
  • Location: Beaufort, South Carolina

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Beloved author drew upon his rough childhood experiences as a military brat to capture the hearts and minds of his readers.

Beloved author has died at age 70.

Author Pat Conroy, whose works include "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini," died Friday evening, March 4, 2016, of pancreatic cancer, according to his publisher. He was 70.

The South Carolina native was known for his candid and "down-home" writing style, which drew upon his rough childhood experiences as a military brat with a domineering father.

In response to the news, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley tweeted: "South Carolina lost a beloved son tonight. Pat Conroy will be missed. We can find comfort knowing his words and love for SC will live on."

For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

When a friend of Pat died, he said the fist person to cry was God. As one of his long time readers, I too cried when I learned of his death. At least we have all his wonderful books to sustain us.

Posted by A friend   October 15, 2018

Candle

Godspeed Pat, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   March 05, 2018

I met Pat in Charlotte when he came to promote his book, "Prince of Tides. We had a glass of wine together and briefly chatted before he was pulled away. He was so genuine and approachable and he said he wrote from his own demons. He was a brilliant writer and I loved all his books. He is missed. Helen Burns, charlotte, NC

Posted by A friend   September 17, 2017

The last time I saw Pat was at The Kepler's Book Store in Menlo Park, CA. He was sharing with the audience his book..."The Losing Season". After his presentation he and my wife (Denise) shared stories about Beaufort, SC. As one of Pat's students, I was amazed as to why Pat left Beaufort High and subsequent departure from Daufuskie Island, but not shocked. Why? Because I was and to some extent a product of what Pat and many others fought against during those days. Although Pat has made his transition, his legacy remains. Melvin Toomer, class of 1970.

Posted by Melvin Toomer - San Mateo, CA   June 06, 2017

Been a Year and I still cannot believe Pat Conroy is not going be able to give us another book from his beautiful mind. Still missing the Great Conroy...

Posted by Darren Bolick - Gastonia, NC   June 05, 2017

I feel like a light has gone out and it will never be able to be turned on again. Your words were like velvet to me and no one will ever take your place.

Posted by anne jeffrey - bronxville, NY   April 03, 2017

Candle

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   September 19, 2016

Candle

Posted by Julie - TN   June 24, 2016

No author has ever touched my soul like Pat Conroy. His fluid prose, his look at the dark side of family and love of the South will always be with me. His death is a terrible loss to all southerners and lovers of southern literature. May God bless you.

Posted by Lynda Birdsong - New Braunfels, TX   May 19, 2016

Posted by Denise Silvernail - Carmichael, CA   May 08, 2016

I can still remember Pat as a high school senior. His talent was evident, even then. I have enjoyed his writings through the years. And his prose will truly be missed. He wrote about the South Carolina low country, an area so familiar to me and others who have lived and experienced Beaufort. I can particularly relate to his essays on "military Brat" life. I too spent my childhood "serving my country. . .and no one noticed". RIP Pat.
-Dr. Leslie Daniels, Class of 1963 (Jacksonville, FL)

Posted by A friend   April 22, 2016

An amazing, talented, intelligent author has left us and he will be truly missed. It is also a tragedy for those of us who dreamed of one day having lunch with him at his home in Beaufort to discuss his latest novel. I was very blessed to have met Mr. Conroy at a book fair in Montgomery, Ala last spring. He was incredibly kind, encouraging and funny. He took time to talk to me and have a picture made. He will never realize how special that was to me... someone aspiring to be a writer. RIP, Mr. Conroy and my sincere condolences to his entire family, friends and fans.

Posted by Jana Waters - Montgomery, AL   April 22, 2016

How your words enriched my life. Thank you for sharing your experiences and emotions with us. As I cook your favorite recipes, I will remember all your incredible books.

Posted by Manya Ogle - Sun City Center, FL   April 22, 2016

How blessed I was to have Pat Conroy as a teacher my senior year (1967-68) at Beaufort High School. I can still see him standing in front of the class telling us words of wisdom for life. He was truly a remarkable teacher and author. The memories of him from that year as a student are ones that I will cherish always. He taught us so many things about life in the classroom and continued teaching through the writings in his wonderful books. He will truly be missed by all who knew him as a teacher and author. May God bless his family and give them continued strength.

Posted by Janet C. - WI   April 20, 2016

Candle

RIP Pat...

Posted by Chris Porter - St. Helena Island, SC   April 15, 2016

one of my favorite authors. loved 'the water is wide' one of his first book, and all others. great guy. met him when I worked at EUH many years ago. Rest in Peace and God Bless you Patrick Conroy. you are a true artist.

Posted by suzan ingui - alpharetta, GA   April 02, 2016

i am a very dedicated fan. pleasee publish a book about Pat in the style of remembering Willlei.i.e.WILLIE MORRIS

Posted by SANDRA CAIN - SPRING, TX   April 01, 2016

Some books you read & immediately forget them. Pat Conroy's books were so memorable that even years later, I still remember each of them. RIP Pat Your legacy will live on with each new generation that finds your stories.

Posted by Carol Beasley - Surprise, AZ   March 31, 2016

Candle

The world became a much less interesting place without a new Pat Conroy book to look forward too. What a writer he was! My condolences to all his friends and family - you have lost a treasure.

Posted by Morgan Meltz - Austin, TX   March 29, 2016

I am bereft. Mr. Conroy, your writing is and always will be, awe-inpiring, insightful into the human condition, humbling, lyrical and, music to a writer's ears, unforgettable. Thank you for transforming your experience into something that illuminated us all.

Posted by Maggie Chenore - Nampa, ID - Friend   March 28, 2016

I send my deepest regards. May you throw your anxiety on God that he may sustain your hearts during this time.-Psalms 55:22

Posted by Mia    March 19, 2016

Posted by c m    March 18, 2016

My condolences to Pat Conroy's family. He was an extremely gifted writer who provided me with many, many hours of reading enjoyment over the past 30 years. He will be missed but live on through his great body of work.

Posted by Stephen Reid - Bethel, CT - Acquaintance   March 16, 2016

Posted by Charles Henry Atkinson    March 14, 2016

As a young teacher in the early '70's, I remember watching "Conrack", the film version of Conroy's autobiographical work, THE RIVER IS WIDE, and being inspired by his dedication to his students, both within and outside the classroom. Pat Conroy was truly a remarkable and talented individual.

Posted by Les Breese - Monmouth Jct., NJ   March 14, 2016

Posted by Patricia Van Stone - Cincinnati, OH   March 13, 2016

a fellow Citadel man who implored you to do his story for many years like to think it was in the works it is a true tale worth telling and i hope someone picks up the torch. I still hold Pat in highest esteme and you are the only one to do this story the justice it deserves " the high Price of Honor" you have the material and photos I have sent you aso "Triple Jeopardy" My battles continues and I hope your family passes this true patriots story on to a worthy recipient!

Posted by gary carlson - henniker, NH   March 13, 2016

My condolences to the Conroy family.

Posted by Pat J - Atlanta   March 12, 2016

"Tell me a story" still comprise four of the most powerful words in English, words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself."
- Pat Conroy

You told us yours and we are all grateful to have held your words close to our hearts. The literary world lost a master of emotion and we mourn our loss.

Posted by JoDee Neathery - Mabank, TX   March 12, 2016

I'm very sorry for your loss as a family. I have loved his books since 30 years ago(?) and I'm not gifted with words or prose. So, thank you for sharing him with us, and may he rest in peace as you begin your journey without him.

Posted by Lisa Collins - Corryton, TN   March 12, 2016

Pat Conray graced us with his touching words. For that we are thankful. Try to find comfort from cherished memories with Pat knowing that he is peacefully sleeping and that his readers continue to be captivated by his winsome words. He will be missed!

Posted by Ira - FL   March 11, 2016

Thank you, Pat Conroy, for sharing your genius with the world. Rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Ellen Giallonardo - Tampa, FL   March 11, 2016

Even though another talented gift as left us, he continues to live through his work. And, we will continue to enjoy his contributions to the world. Sorry for your loss. Isa. 33:24

Posted by J B    March 11, 2016

reading my first Pat Conroy novel gave me an entirely new appreciation for the power of words. I could sometimes only read a few paragraphs at a time because his imagery was so rich I needed to pause but then I would go back to it over and over, an addiction from which I didn't want to be cured. I haven't found another author who touches so many parts of my brain and heart at one time. He will always be among my favorites.

Posted by Kathy Jenkins - Raytown, MO   March 10, 2016

He may have worn the ring, but deep inside of him was the heart and soul of the Lowcountry.
Gil

Posted by Gil S. - Savannah, GA   March 10, 2016

See ya later Pat Conroy... loved your novels and you were always my favorite author..my all time favorite movie...Conroy...and what you did for those kids..earned my respect for a lifetime...

Posted by ~~ stowe - gastonia, NC   March 10, 2016

Posted by A friend   March 10, 2016

Candle

i felt your pain in your writings. Your love of life and the way you were not only able to survive but to rise above the adversity.You were strong of character.Standing before our Lord and Savior, what more could we hope for. Thank you for the many hours of yours wonderful stories.You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace

Posted by Rose Marie Mac Gilvray - Charleston,, SC   March 09, 2016

Dear Cassandra:
We send our dearest love and prayers as you say goodbye to Pat. We so remember how Uncle Gene loved him and how he reached out to us as we cared for Gene Norris.
Our hearts feel your pain and we send our prayers for healing and peace.
The memories of Pat and Gene will be with us and our grandkids forever.
You and Pat made our suffering lighter at a very sad time.

Dearest love from all of us and from Sarah-Jane and Austin Pace, our grandkids who enjoyed Pat's time with us and to this day, cherish his books that Gene once gave them. They both are readers and Pat found them to be very smart! He told them so, too!

David and Linda Lorick
Columbia, SC

Posted by David and Linda Lorick - Columbia, SC   March 09, 2016

I am so sorry. You are with your buddies Mike S.and Gene. Thank you for being my friend and the memories.....save that last dance....

Posted by Bliss West (McGhee) - Beaufort, SC   March 09, 2016

As we experience these traggic losses we can have faith that God will strengthen us to endure the pain. God will make sure you have the comfort you need in order for you to endure the loss. He will provide your family with the needed strength to endure the loss of your love one.

Posted by A friend   March 09, 2016

Dear Cassandra, I am so sorry to hear about Pat. He was a brilliant and courageous writer, one who inspired so many people including myself. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

Louise Hammes

Posted by Louise Hammes - Charleston, SC   March 09, 2016

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Psalms 46:1) C. C. - GA   March 09, 2016

Mike and the Conroy Family,
I am sorry for the loss of your brother and loved one . May your memories and knowing that others care , provide some measure of comfort. Loraine Tracy and The SCDMH Family

Posted by Loraine Tracy - Columbia, SC   March 09, 2016

A life well lived and admired by many. Thank you for the stories that shall live on and on. Farewell Pat.

Posted by Mary Shetzer Burnsed - Guantanamo Cuba   March 09, 2016

When I was a freshman at The Citadel during the 1981/82 school year, I kept a copy of "The Lords of Discipline" at my desk. Whenever I thought things were bad during my knob year, I would read from the novel and remind myself that things weren't as bad as Pat described. A few years ago Pat was doing a book signing at The Citadel Alumni Center and I asked him to sign the same copy of the book while I related that story to him. He laughed heartily as he signed my book "to one who wears the ring." I will always treasure that book.

Posted by Steve Odendahl - Greenbelt, MD   March 09, 2016

My condolences on the loss of your love one.

Posted by A friend   March 09, 2016

Thank you for giving words to the way I feel about the soul-nourishing magic of the Low Country. I cannot create the poetry you could weave into your sentences so all I can say is--again--thank you and thank you and thank you. You will be missed and remembered.

Posted by P M Myler - Atlanta, GA   March 09, 2016

Mr. Conroy-
Thank you for all you have given me in life. Through your books I found myself. I decided to attend The Citadel after reading "The Lords of Discipline", As a finale to my tenure as a cadet you gave the commencement speech for our Class. You extended an invitation on that day, May 12th 2001, that I have quite often wondered how would come to pass. You invited my entire class to your funeral. Today over 50 members of the class of 2001 came from across the country to fulfill a wish you made almost 15 years ago. I hope we did ok by you sir - "I wear the ring" -

Posted by Ben Sweatman - Charleston, SC   March 08, 2016

Deepest sympathy to all concerned.

Posted by Don and Judy Neff - Beaufort, SC   March 08, 2016

My mind's one-sided friendship with Mr. Conroy started when my high school English teacher, Mrs. Brockington shared the movie (at the time was named) "Conrack". Today, the title has changed to reflect Mr. Conroy's book, "The Water Is Wide". My relation to this book brought back memories of Beaufort for me as my father owned several restaurants in the area when I was about 10 years old. One still stands and operates today as a restaurant on Ribaut Rd. in an old Dairy Queen building. I carried Mr. Conroy aka "Conrack" in my mind and heart through my college years and adult life. This lead me to meeting Mr. Conroy at The Happy Bookseller in Columbia, SC for his book signing of "Beach Music". I stood in line nearly 3 hours anticipating having my turn to meet my favorite author, exchange a few words. I anxiously greeted him with the story of when we became "friends" and I importantly and purposely mentioned his other alias, "Conrack". He was writing in my book when these words came out from my mouth and he paused, then looked up at me and said, "You are bringing back some fond memories for me" and he smiled. That was my connection with Mr. Conroy and one I will continue to carry in my heart. I have shared this fated meeting with everyone that I have known in my life because that moment was one of the best moments in my life and a moment was all I needed to meet my favorite author. I know my story is not the only one, nor am I the only person he has ever met, but that was the sheer magic of Pat Conroy. He will forever be "Conrack" to me. Much love and peace Conrack until I can be given another amazing moment with you again in God's time. For now, I will embrace the marshes and tides and as I feel the breezes under the mossy oak trees, you will be here with us.

Posted by Angie Mootry - Beaufort, SC   March 08, 2016

Pat Conroy was the greatest ambassador for Charleston and for South Carolina that the state has ever known. Readers of his books were able to get a glimpse of a world that I loved to talk about with residents of South Florida where I currently live. He was also a seeker of truth and wisdom and insight. Rare qualities in today's world. Condolences to the family, especially to his brother Mike whom I knew during our days at U.S.C. Rest in peace. Your place will be among the giants of American Literature.

Posted by Tom DiFiglio - Delray Beach, FL   March 08, 2016

Pat, I know that you can here me and want to thank you for all that you have done for Beaufort and all the authors to come. You will always be "BEST all around" for me. God's speed my friend, you will always be missed and never replaced. With love to you, your family and friends.
Ann Ward
Class of 1963

Posted by Ann Ward - Hilton Head Island, SC   March 08, 2016

Candle

RIP.

Posted by Mary Green - TX   March 08, 2016

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet Prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
--WS (Hamlet)

Posted by MLL - Inman, SC   March 08, 2016

I compare the loss of Pat Conroy, that literary giant, to that of Luciano Pavarotti, that operatic great. The world is more silent now that both are no longer here. Thank goodness for books and recordings!

Posted by Michael Teal - Saluda, NC   March 08, 2016

I was sad to hear of Pat's passing, as I remember him as a classmate. He truly expressed himself through his writing, and know he loved Beaufort. I know he will be missed, but what he left behind will continue to be read. I grew up, and married a dominating Marine, so I know a lot about what Pat experienced and put into writing.....my condolences goes out to his family...he truly was a great man....

Posted by Patricia Clark - Jackson,, MS   March 08, 2016

So sorry I never met you, but felt like I knew you through your books. You were one of a kind. A beautiful writer and a beautiful man. I will miss there not being another book by you to wait for in anticipation.

Posted by Shirley Mulholland - Beaufort, SC   March 08, 2016

A few years ago you called me out of the blue when an estranged friend of mine had sent you a letter which you said "moved you' and was about me. You asked me about my work as a Social Worker who had dealt clinically with many family violence cases. Your interest in the family and in relationships with friends never waned. Your ability to be moved by the story of a stranger sent to you in a letter spoke greatly to the depth of your humanity, your enthusiasm for survival and the ability to have at your ready staggering emotion. Thank you for that moment of outreach to me on your part and for all your writings that touched my heart and remain within my soul.

Posted by Donna Austin - Goshen Ky   March 08, 2016

What a loss for the Southern literary world! My condolences to his family.

Posted by Rhonda Dillingham - Asheboro, NC   March 08, 2016

Good-bye, my friend and former Marine Corps brat. I have all your books and thoroughly enjoyed them...and shared them with family and Marine Corps friends. Now, you're at peace with your family in Heaven. I hope to see you again one day!!!

Posted by Gretchen Maas-Scott - Virginia Beach, VA   March 08, 2016

I am missing you already. Gods time isn't mine huh? But oh, to think of the words not written, the words not read, the truths none of us can speak. Because of you and your family, we all can find peace too-and live with love. RIP friend. ~marcia

Posted by A friend   March 08, 2016

A part of all of us who enjoyed the writings and stories from Mr. Conroy has died also. But the rest of our soul lives, much better for having been touched by the writings and stories from Mr. Conroy. Now we are sad at his passing, but Pat Conroy will live on forever in the lives of all the people he has touched. Condolences to the family. You will always have many memories to celebrate after the sadness of the past few days.

Posted by Mike Herd - Beaufort, SC   March 08, 2016

Posted by Helen Newbold - Richlands, NC   March 08, 2016

We are thankful that God is a God of comfort to all mankind and in any situation especially in the case of loss of life. The family has my deepest sympathy and I hope your grieving process is short.

Posted by VH - MS   March 08, 2016

Sorry to hear about Pat. He will be greatly miss. Prayers goes out to the family. I work with his brother Mike in the past. He spoke about Pat's writing a lot. Mike my prayers are with you and Jean.

Posted by Peggy - Columbia, SC   March 08, 2016

Thank you for every word you wrote and shared with us. Your books are treasures for generations to come. Be at peace and may sweet memories comfort all who love Pat.
xoxoxo

Posted by Deirdre Cerasa - Samford, FL   March 08, 2016

Getting to know this man is one of my life's highlights. A prince and Lowcountry literary lion and so much more including an inspiration to those who would take up the pen. An unparalleled man.

Posted by Tom Poland - Columbia, SC   March 08, 2016

My prayers are with the Conroy family. I worked at Porter-Gaud with his daughter, Meghan. I was honored to meet Pat through The Citadel connection. God bless you.

Posted by Mary Kennedy - Charleston, SC   March 08, 2016

To Jim and Mike and the family... During this difficult time, may you take comfort in the numerous memories and stories from your brother. I have you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tami Mappus - Greenville, SC   March 08, 2016

Please find peace in knowing that He understands your grief and He cares. 1 Peter 5:6, 7

Posted by Shirley    March 08, 2016

Words, no matter how powerful, sometimes fall short of expressing how we truly feel...so I'll just humbly say, "Thank you, Pat, for everything."

Posted by Anonymous Jones - Myrtle Beach, SC   March 08, 2016

Through his writing, I loved Pat Conroy for more than 35 years. Through the comments since his illness and death, I have learned that many more felt the same way. Never in my lifetime have I observed an author who touched so many people and inspired so much love.
He gave us beautiful writing, touching stories and characters and gorgeous imagery of his special places in the South. But, most important, he gave us himself--his observations about life and people, his ability to transpire pain and difficulty in personal relationships and his example of loving others, sometimes despite them. We learned a lot about how to live and how to cope from Pat Conroy. His writing talent and his large heartt and soul was a gift to the rest of us. We will visit him often in his beautiful books and, in that way, he will never leave us. Rest in peace, our generous, lovely friend. Even if we never met you in person, we knew you--and losing you is personal--for all of us.

Posted by Lyda Phillips - Frankfort, KY   March 08, 2016

notable human being... my sincere condolences for your loss... may the strength and comfort that our Heavenly Father provides, be granted to you...please accept my heartfelt sympathy...

Posted by - FL   March 08, 2016

Mr. Conroy did so much for the peoples
of Bluffton & Dufuslie.

Posted by Leroy Comer - Atlanta   March 08, 2016

My favorite author, his beautiful words covered me like a warm blanket on a cold night. He bore his soul with the written word. Why do we take comfort in knowing "Ah, we are not the only dysfunctional family"? In the end because he was able to share the things of beauty he was still able to appreciate, but most of all, because he was able to show that despite the discord, there was always room for forgiveness, and above all love prevailed. Still telling myself there is no " next book". For today, March 8, I am rereading Beach Music. RIP

Posted by Pat Hall - Fort Mill, SC   March 08, 2016

I was so sad to hear of Mr. Conroy's death. I never knew him except through his beautifully written words. I will miss that thrill of a new book arriving and loving every word. Rest in Peace. You will never be forgotten.

Posted by Claire Rickenbacker - Modesto, CA   March 08, 2016

Pat was a gifted teacher, as I still remember being a student, my senior year, in his psychology class at Beaufort High School. I have all of his books and he even graciously signed his photos in my BHS Annual when he was in Columbia years ago at the Happy Bookseller, then located in Richland Mall. After they moved to Forest Drive, I happily stood in line for 6 hours for him to sign Beach Music. We shared English teachers, Milton Ellis and Gene Norris at BHS and I always enjoyed following his writing career whose books thinly veiled Beaufort and its colorful cast of characters. I will truly miss not being able to "look forward" to his next book. My sympathy and prayers are with his entire family during this sad time where a great voice of southern literature has been silenced.

Posted by Marian Michael - Columbia, SC   March 08, 2016

So very rest. Rest in peace

Posted by Karen Friedenberg - Atlanta, GA   March 07, 2016

Sweet man, your words, wisdom and heart changed me. To have met you, and held your hand briefly, would have been magical. There are no words.

Posted by Mary Linn - Sacramento, CA   March 07, 2016

Pat Conroy was a good man, a rare source of grace to many of us. My deepest codolances to his family and friends, he left us much too soon.

Posted by Mary Carlin - San Francisco, CA   March 07, 2016

I had the good fortune of attending Pat's 70'th birthday celebration this past October. I had fallen in love with his words many years ago, something I had never experienced before with any other author. Standing on line, waiting to meet him, I alternated between queasiness and tears, I was so nervous. Then I met the man, he spoke to ME, held my hand and heard my words. Over those three days, I grew to understand that this man, whose beautiful words I soaked up so eagerly, was a truly beautiful person. Beautiful words, beautiful man. I will miss you so.

Posted by Kim Herron - Staunton, VA   March 07, 2016

Thank you Pat Conroy for all the great stories you have given us. I was so looking forward to the next one. I guess I will have to wait til I get to heaven . I am so glad I got to meet you . You are the real deal. To the Conroy family you are in my thoughts and prayers . You will be missed.

Posted by Debbie Causey - North Myrtle Beach, SC   March 07, 2016

As you go gently into that GoodNight, please know that your words you have left behind will resonate down through the years and that they are there waiting for those not yet born, and thus will they live on for eons of time. How rewarding that must be for you.

I find it prophetic that on the day I learned you no longer walked among us, was the day I sat here at my computer submitting my own writing to attend the Algonkian Writer's Conference on the Banks of the Potomac River. A profound shock overcame me. This will be a day I shall not forget.

Please say hello to Harper Lee, a like-minded writer. I can just imagine the chats you two will have as you share ideas.

You have left a wounded audience behind wishing, wishing......

Posted by BLUE HARRIS - DALLAS, TX   March 07, 2016

May you live on in the words of your wonderful books. Will miss just knowing you no longer exist on this side.
Jennifer Parket

Posted by Jennifer Parker - Commerce, GA   March 07, 2016

He had the courage ti tell of his childhood and in so doing told mine.
May he rest in peace forever.Thank God for him and his stories.
ann Hagan

Posted by Ann HAGAN - CAMDEN, SC   March 07, 2016

I was 25 living on W72nd street between Columbus Ave & Central Park West. My roommate was away, we had no TV & as I rummaged through her small collections of books I stumbled across a booked entitled "The Prince of Tides" I picked it up and began to read, within the first few lines a love affair quickly began. That was the moment I fell deeply in love with the magic of Pat Conroy's word wizardry, and I fell hard, it would be a love affair that would stand the test of time. He instantly transported me back to the low country, I was lost in the sights and sounds of a familiar place that made me ache with nostalgia. "The Prince of Tides" filled an empty space in my heart at a time when I felt so out of pocket in NY. I had gone to school in Charleston but finished at USC, and was then living in NYC. I felt a deep connection with this story and then the most remarkable thing happened I turned to page 145 and as I read I see the name David Tucker printed on the page, my dad's name, wait, my dad's name? You have understand I am connected to Pat Conroy in an unusual way. Mr. Conroy had gone to The Citadel. My grandfather, Major General Rueben Henry Tucker III, was commandant of cadets while he was a student there, all my uncles (4) went to the Citadel. Mr. Conroy graduated from The Citadel the year my father was shot and killed in Vietnam Nam too. It wasn't out of the realm of possibilities to believe that this was not just some random coincidence and the seed of curiosity was planted-was that my dad's name used as the name of one of the unborn children? I would finally get my answer more than 20 years later at a book signing in Beaufort , SC from Mr. Conroy himself. It was a moment in my life that I will cherish my favorite author sharing stories of times he spent at my grandparents beach house, the honor he felt compelled to give my father in his book, the discovery that the story he shared in "The Lords of Discipline" of when the commandant heard the news of his son's death in Vietnam Nam was about my grandfather and my father, while he used other's name, he wanted me to know that it was about my family. So you see when my son shared with me about Mr. Conroy's death, I cried and felt a deep sense of loss for a man who I only met briefly but who has left a mark on my heart forever, a man who gave me a special irreplaceable gift of the greatest magnitude, I will always be in debt to Pat Conroy for touching my heart through his words, for the pictures he painted the places he took me, and for immortalizing my father in a small but personally significant way. Your talent, your artistry sir will forever be missed. Elizabeth Tucker Brewster Savannah, Ga

Posted by A friend   March 07, 2016

Beloved Family, The world has lost one of the greatest writers and honest human souls of all time. He dug soo deep, exposed emotions we all could relate to. Such a Brave and Giving Man!! I always wished for ONE More... Visited Beufort to see , and stayed on St. Helena to breathe the same air from where he came . Never saw Fripp, but knew he loved it. If anything is in the writing room, even a last word, release to us who have journals of quotes from his outstanding mind. I'll miss you forever and a day... May your family all know that there was one little reader who never got enough... and my greatest sympathies and prayers go out to you all. Godspeed You PAT CONROY!!

Posted by Marta Savitski - Kulpmont, PA   March 07, 2016

May your family be comforted knowing that Jesus has the power to bring our loves ones to life again. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by NM - GA   March 07, 2016

I'll never forget the kindness of your phone call to me after you received my letter to your publisher. We chatted for an hour, you gave me great advice, and I'll never forget your wonderful kindness. God Bless the Conroy family, and God Bless Pat Conroy.

Posted by Rick Cassell - Fairfax, VA   March 07, 2016

When I clicked on the link that said, "Best selling author dies," and the name Pat Conroy came up, my heart sank. I have loved each and every book. His beautiful words lifted me and carried me along and when I finished I placed the book on my shelf to be revisited time and again. He was a gentleman. The world lost a good one. Rest in peace Mr. Conroy.

Posted by Marnie Ford - Watertown, CT   March 07, 2016

A friend texted me of Pat's passing on Saturday morning and I burst into tears. My son thought a family member had died, and I said, he has. Why do so many of us feel like we lost someone near and dear? Perhaps because he wrote so honestly about family, we all feel like we were there, somehow.
I met Pat a few years ago at a book signing and I told him I was as nervous waiting in line as I would be for an actor or rock star, which made him kind of blush and laugh, a "not me" kind of response. I even slipped him a note, embarrassingly, saying something about my being a writer as well, and it would be a dream come true to sit at his knee and learn. He probably thought it was an awkward come on!
Rest in peace, Pat, knowing how loved you are by so many. I am re-reading The Prince of Tides now, learning as I go. The Master is gone, but his words live on.
The Water is Wide, but you are The Prince of Tides...sail on, Maestro, sail on. xoxoxo

Posted by Patricia O'Brien - Cinnaminson, NJ   March 07, 2016

Posted by Patricia O'Brien    March 07, 2016

In my opinion, we have lost our greatest writer and my heart is so sad right now. I am from a proud South Carolina Citadel family. I know that Mr. Conroy is writing in heaven now, and my parents (and many others up there having fun!) will be in that book! Can't wait to read it!!

To the Conroy family, please know that y'all are in my prayers.

Lisa Tye, Columbia, SC

Posted by Lisa Tye - Columbia, SC   March 07, 2016

My most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends. Rest assured that our heavenly will one day bring death to nothing and we will live in a peaceful world (1 Corinthians 15:26).

Posted by - NY   March 07, 2016

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Dana Palmer - Savannah, GA   March 07, 2016

Sweet Pat, we chatted briefly in 2001 about Conrack and how his words had drawn me to the islands to teach the waterbabies. Thank you.

Posted by Marsha Tennant - Myrtle Beach, SC   March 07, 2016

I had the great opportunity to meet pat in St. Paul, man. His prose and poetic words have resonated through my soul for all of my adult life. I am grieving that I will never again read such powerful words again.
Your Minnesota friend,
Lana Hollmann

Posted by A friend   March 07, 2016

Mr. Pat, there will be no more eloquent words at your funeral than your own"
It enclosed us in its laceries as we watched the moon spill across the Atlantic like wine from an overturned glass. With the light all around us, we felt secret in that moon-infused water like pearls forming in the soft tissues of oysters."
These words wrap us all in your love of the lowcountry, forever.

Posted by Maxine Appleby - Spartanburg, SC   March 07, 2016

To paraphrase a line I love so much - "To live in words we leave behind is not to die".

Rest in peace my friend who I never met except through your wonderful work.

Posted by Paul Metzger - Sutton, MA   March 07, 2016

Mike and the Conroy family you have my sincere and heartfelt sympathy and many prayers. Pat Conroy's words will continue to resonate through the years. Kirk Simpson

Posted by A friend   March 07, 2016

An amazing writer with painful and glorious words about family and life. I read my first Conroy book in 1982 when we lived in Brussels and was knocked out by his prose. Since then, have read every book he has written 3 times or more. His death rattled me as if he was a family member although when his disease was announced, it was clear it wouldn't be long in coming. My condolences to his family and close friends

Posted by Barbara Blanton - Mckinney, TX   March 07, 2016

What s great story teller. I really love his cookbook. Hoping there is plenty of Pickled Shrimp, per his request. God Bless his family as they work through this sad time.

Posted by shirley Evans - atlanta, GA   March 07, 2016

Thank you for helping me understand my "Great Santini".
God Bless you.
RIP.

Posted by A friend   March 07, 2016

Rest in peace, Conrack! Prayers for all of the family during this time as you grieve a beautiful man. I'm so sorry for your loss. His passing will leave a void in everyone's life who knew him and loved him.

Posted by Elaine Taylor - Columbia, SC   March 07, 2016

A beautiful writer. Your words will live on forever!

Posted by PK Rogers - Atlanta, GA   March 07, 2016

In 1987 my future husband gave me the greatest gift imaginable when he introduced me to Pat Conroy and The Prince of Tides in a tiny studio apartment in Germany. It was the first time I'd ever travelled so far, my first time in Europe, and yet the beauty of Pat Conroy's prose swept me back across the sea to another place I'd never been: the magical Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Living in California, I never had a chance to visit Beaufort until I made a trip there with my mother for the Pat Conroy at 70 festival in October. What a thrill it was to meet Pat Conroy... after nearly three decades of loving his books, I was nervous and excited as I stood in line at Anchorage 1770 for a booksigning. What if he was nothing like I'd imagined? I didn't need to worry, though... he was a man who was incredibly kind and generous of spirit and possessed a wonderful sense of humor. As my mother took our picture, he said: "Let's just lean up close and pretend like we've known each other forever!" I will be forever grateful that we made that trip.

My heart goes out to all of Pat Conroy's loved ones who are coping with his loss, and I join the legions of readers who have been swept away by his lyrical prose and the magic of his storytelling over these many years and whose lives are richer as a result. He will be profoundly missed.

Posted by Heather Bock - Davis, CA   March 07, 2016

Your stories have given me pleasure as a reader and inspired me as a writer. Sir, you have put the south in our hearts forever. xo!

Posted by Amie Ryan - Seattle, WA   March 07, 2016

So sad to hear about the passing of Pat Conroy. The Water is Wide was mandatory reading in my High School literature class and I feel blessed to have been introduced to Mr. Conroy's writing at that time and read every book that he wrote after. 25 years later he has remained my favorite author and his books are on display in my home. I will forever be grateful that he shared his talents and incomparable imagery with the world.

Posted by Jennifer Klug - Denver, CO   March 07, 2016

Dearest Cassandra,

"Death leaves s heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." (From an old Irish headstone) Pat and you had such a beautiful life together. So glad God lead you to each other. Pats books touched my life and my very soul. Praying over you today that in the quite hours of the night, when everyone has left and gone home you feel peace and love. Pats with you all the rest of your days. His spirit, the friends you have together, your lovely peaceful home there in beautiful Beaufirt shall sustain you. God speed.

Posted by Mary Kapellas - Alexandria, VA   March 07, 2016

He changed my life

Posted by Susan Henderson - 1410BaileyMill RD TR, SC   March 07, 2016

Dear Pat -- I loved working with you. Now you and Julian can chat together to your heart's content. Pauline Jones, Julian's secretary

Posted by A friend   March 07, 2016

PAT CONROY WAS A GIANT AMONG AUTHORS AND A FANTASTIC STORY TELLER. HAVE READ EVERYTHING HE WROTE AND CHASTISED HIM FOR NOT WRITING MORE. HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED!! HIS THIRD BOOK,THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE, IS TRULY A TREASURE! HIS FIRST BOOK,THE BOO, WILL CAUSE THE READER TO REACH FOR THE TISSUE BOX. GOD BLESS YOU PAT CONROY.

A MEMBER OF THE 1959 CITADEL CLASS.

Posted by JANSEN EVERITT - ORLANDO, FL   March 07, 2016

Cassandra and the entire Conroy family,

I felt so honored to meet and know Pat through The Citadel. I was sitting right behind him on the stage at graduation at The Citadel in 2001 when he said those amazing words of "I wear the ring." That was one of my most beautiful commencement ceremony speeches I have ever heard in my lifetime. My sincere condolences on your loss of Pat. He made such an incredible difference in so many lives. His legacy will live on through his writing.

Allison Dean Love, The Citadel Board of Visitors

Posted by Allison Love - Columbia, SC   March 07, 2016

To the Conroy Family, there are no words to convey our sorrow for you during these trying times. Pat left a legacy of memories, written down and it's pages wrapped and bound for all to see; treasure those memories and, be assured that the God of Comfort has Pat tucked away in his memory as well.
-SJ, New Jersey

Posted by A friend   March 07, 2016

RIP. Condolences to Mr. Conroy's family.

Posted by MIchael Shade - Murrells Inlet, SC   March 07, 2016

So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Vanessa Davis - Modesto, CA   March 07, 2016

Candle

"It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Pat Conroy. We will never forget him or what he did here. He is not gone, just crossed back over to The Lowcountry Islands he loved". See you on the other side Mr. Conroy.
-Patrick McDonald, Class of 1969 BHS, Beaufort, SC
March 7, 2016

Posted by Patrick McDonald - Beaufort, SC - Student   March 07, 2016

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by - OH   March 07, 2016

My sissy are condolence to Mr. Conroy family and friends may they fine comfort in Isaial 33:24 when death will be removed forever.

Posted by Harris - GA   March 07, 2016

Once I read my first Pat Conroy book I felt like I had been given a 6th brother. So I feel like I am mourning the death of a close family member. I will continue to re-read his books until I can not read an more. He made me appreciate South Carolina's low country and realize that there are indeed sensitive southern males.

Posted by P Bellock - Hilton Head Island, SC   March 07, 2016

Pat gave me hours of pleasure and insight, and I've shared him with my students for more than 20 years.

Posted by Peter Allen - Valdosta, GA   March 07, 2016

RIP Pat Conroy,, you were the best!!! You left us too soon!

Posted by Patricia DeGemmis - Stratford, CT   March 07, 2016

Thank you for sharing your gift of the language with the masses. You made me laugh and you made me cry. I will reread your wonderful books many times. RIP

Posted by Suzanne Ayers - Swansboro, NC   March 07, 2016

Basketball mate, friend,antagonist, motivator,author extraordinaire. Through the years I missed that barbed tongue and humor that you provided.It was good to see you before your inevitable departure
May God accept you and comfort you. You were a good natured human being.

Posted by Dan Glass - Strasburg, OH   March 07, 2016

May the family find comfort in knowing that God feels for us when we suffer and yearns to bring back those in his memory to the arms of loving families. (Zechariah 2:8; John 14: 14, 15)

- Lisa

Posted by A friend   March 07, 2016

A kind man who took time to speak with me at a Hoover AL book festival. I reread and listen to audio books over and over. I will cook a meal from his book tomorrow and say a prayer for Pat, Cassandra and their families. His writing enriched my life and I will always speak of him with gratitude and appreciation.

Posted by Susie Shimek - Bel Air, MD   March 07, 2016

So happy I had the chance to meet Pat last year at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island. My dad, 85, had gone to the bookstore and came back over to the grocery store next door to meet me. I peeked into his book bag and said, "Daddy, you bought Pat Conroy books?" I knew he had gone over there to find a Gullah Bible, and although I loved Pat Conroy, I was surprised that he had bought them. He said, "Well, he was over there, so I had him autograph a couple of books." Daddy still barely knew who he was. I said, "Pat Conroy? Pat Conroy is next door in our little bookstore?" I raced through paying, flung my groceries in the trunk and rushed over to Litchfield Books, where Pat and his wife were just getting ready to leave. They graciously waited long enough for me to buy a couple of books and he autographed them. (I already had all of his books, but did not, of course, have any of them with me.) Pat told me that I should write in _The Death of Santini_ that his signature was his last autograph of the book tour--that they were headed straight home. Turns out that when Daddy was there the first time he had engaged Pat in conversation--about Daddy's own poetry, which had at the time been recently published. Pat was just great to my dad. Love his books, love his artistry. Love his loquacious Irish ways, love his abilities as a raconteur. Amazing guy and I am so sad that he his gone. My warmest sympathies to all of his family.

Posted by Janis Walker Gilmore - Pawleys Island, SC   March 06, 2016

A master storyteller, a wordsmith of the highest order, and a wonderful and compassionate human being, Pat Conroy will never be forgotten. Thank you, Pat, for all the great books and the sharing of your love of the South. For those of us who live here, you explained her better than anyone. By explaining her, you helped us all understand ourselves just a little better. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself through your writing, Mr. Conroy. R.I.P. My prayers are with your family, friends and
many, many , many readers. We will never forget!

Posted by Carol Murphy - Bremen, GA   March 06, 2016

I am broken hearted for Mr. Conroy's family as well as his family of devoted readers. Heaven's gain is most certainly our loss.

Posted by Rene Smith - Winston Salem, NC   March 06, 2016

To the Muse and the Prince of Tides
What touched the poet's heart to stir his search for what life means?
Was it tortured days, enchanted joy, or a drawing toward the fight?
Where did the tiny drops of water join to grow his river's streams?
As the tides rush in the full moon glows, in the pink and purple light.

Who is the muse that enchants the pen that prompts the lover's screams?
In her deep green depths and eternal sway with truth that oft takes flight.
I ask myself, who will explain to us again, is truth just what it seems?
Who will call the gulls, seek and ponder God as words dance in delight?

And what makes the dreamer sleep again in search of vivid dreams?
Will he sail peaceful into his passion's wish in that final sleep of night?

Good Night Prince of Tides, Rest in Peace
The world will miss you. Dr. Rich (Charleston, SC)

Posted by A friend   March 06, 2016

Rest in peace our beloved Pat!! A 'military brat that together we walked the halls of our Beaufort High School, our beloved Tidal Wave classmates, and our 'promise to remain true to... Your 'life's great games revealed who you are and you reaped many rewards and so did we.. You made Beaufort, SC your home then, and you came back many years later to settle and make it your home with your beloved Cassandra.. We will never forget you Pat.. You are a scholar and a gentleman... Thank you for your life, your passion, your compassion, your giving... Thank you for your gift of many books that told your story, and put Beaufort on the map for many that never new where it was... You have made this place a home of many.. We will continue to read your books and think of you with every turn of each page...Thanks for the memories our sweet friend...

Posted by Janet Dyches Harter - Beaufort, SC   March 06, 2016

Cassandra
My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Pat created a light that will shine on for eternity and we were all lucky and privileged to have basqued in it.

Posted by Laura Lane McNeal - New Orleans, LA   March 06, 2016

Thank you, Pat, for telling me the stories of my life before I knew there were stories to tell. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. RIP, Conrack.

Posted by Janie Blome - Louisville, KY   March 06, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Conroy. Rest in peace.

Posted by Charlene Ibrom - San Antonio,, TX   March 06, 2016

Rest in well earned peace Prince of Prose. You leave me with such a profound sense of what might yet have been,and such a glorious abundance of what will live on in your tributes to the Lowcountry that we have shared.
My condolences to Cassandra, "the best thing ever raised on an Alabama farm" and to the entire extended family. We all grieve with you.

Posted by Kathleen hunt - conway, SC   March 06, 2016

Candle

Condolences to Cassandra and the entire extended Conroy clan. Lights are dimmer and hearts saddened by the loss of this literary giant and man with a huge heart.

Posted by John and Linda Hitchcock - Glasgow, KY   March 06, 2016

Pat Conroy changed my life. Because of his books I fell in love with the Lowcountry before ever experiening it & his writings are the reason I moved to Fripp Island & Charleston. He was always gracious when I interrupted his walk on the beach or his coffee at TT Bones. I just can't believe that there will be no more writings from my favorite author. Rest in peace!

Posted by Linda LaCavera - Charleston, SC   March 06, 2016

A man of great measure who told stories that impacted many.

Posted by Patti Anderson - Hixson   March 06, 2016

"I wear the ring"

Posted by Darren Goude - Lexington, SC   March 06, 2016

RIP Pat. You were an inspiration to many and will be missed but never forgotten. Praying for the comfort of your family, friends, and all that admired your soul. We will meet again...God Bless

Posted by Cole Senn - Danvers, MA   March 06, 2016

There was no better feeling than walking out of a book store with the latest Pat Conroy book. We have lost a literary hero.

Posted by jan swift - alameda, CA   March 06, 2016

Candle

Rest in peace Mr. Conroy.

Posted by - Jacksonville, FL   March 06, 2016

As my friend said, he was "our southern soul whisperer" - why, yes, yes he was. Thank you, Pat Conroy. I honestly can say that I never wished to meet you here, as I was certain, there in the pages, I already had. Rest easy, Mr. Conroy. I am so thankful I discovered you and lived better because of it.

Posted by Carolina Girl - Augusta, GA   March 06, 2016

Mr Conroy you gave me so many hours of reading and laughing and being totally absorbed in your writing. You wrote like no other and always made the readers feel every feeling. With your books I traveled to places I have never been and I thank you for that. Rest in peace and know you were loved by many. I am sure you are with all your love ones now having a big feast of southern food.

Posted by Nanci Harvey - Collingwood, ON   March 06, 2016

What an inspiration to so many people . Loved all his books. Prayers of comfort for his family.

Posted by Jaye Goddard - Kennesaw, GA   March 06, 2016

His words and spirit live on in all of us who love his writing. He taught us how to find the truth in our hearts and then to live and grow with it. I will miss his next novel and treasure the ones he gave us. Go in peace, beautiful soul.

Posted by Keitha Whitaker - Irmo, SC   March 06, 2016

Thank you for your words , your wisdom , all the beauty you left in our minds and the quiet poetry of our hearts. Such wit and wonder, years of taking us on a journey by merely holding a precious book. I hope the salt is on your face and the wind to your back - smiling all the way.

Posted by Tina Sue Lindsey - Easley, SC   March 06, 2016

His writings touched me in so many ways. I found some commonalities between us from our childhoods to our adult lives.
So very glad I had the opportunity to chat with him on 2 occasions at the Decatur book festival last Sept and at his birthday celebration. I got a hug that now is made more special. Sad to think we won't hear anymore of his words. A great loss to the literary world. Sending love and prayers to his family. Always thought I would see him again someday.

Judi Cohen
Decatur Georgia (Beaufortonian in absentia)

Posted by judi Cohen - Decatur, GA   March 06, 2016

Candle

Loved your work. I am happy to be alive at a time when Pat Conroy lived. Your mastery of the written word was inspirational and your progressive thinking was much admired. Rest in Peace. My thoughts are with the Conroy family.

Posted by Marilyn Hemingway - Georgetown, SC   March 06, 2016

His words led me down many wondrous roads, starting with The Water is Wide, where I first learned of the Gulla culture and people. He is gone too soon. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Martha Fowler - Atlanta, GA   March 06, 2016

For your words, I say thank you. For your wisdom, I smile. But for your strong presence in my life, you will be missed. I will meet you one day where the brackish water flows into the Ashley..

Posted by Eppie Adams - Manning, SC   March 06, 2016

Pat was a sincere and dedicated friend to husband. I was only with him a few times, but the memories of laughter and fellowship with this kind, intelligent man will stay with me forever. I miss him already.


Deborah Dickey

Posted by Deborah Dickey - Charleston, SC   March 06, 2016

Pat Conroy's writing made me long for my Southern heritage.
He was the Prince of so many attributes. Deep sadness and deep love permeated his words, opened minds, hearts and inspired action. His rich lexicon revealed a depth of feelings that lured me to Beaufort and Fripp Island.
His words inspired, comforted, and made me understand that love can triumph in the ugliest, most difficult of circumstances.
Rest in Peace, my humble thanks.

Posted by kathryn symington - rochester, NY   March 06, 2016

Prayers for Pat's family. I read each book slowly absorbing every word knowing it would be a while until the next one. When Pat described anything, you could see it, feel it, hear it, experience it and smell it. He was a master of words and my heart is broken that he is no longer with us.

Posted by Carol McLemore - El Dorado, AR   March 06, 2016

One of a few people who wrote modern literature as it is intended.

Peace to you Mr. Conroy and may you and the Great Santini have many one on one basketball games with a hug and a kiss at the end.

Posted by Gregg Morton - Sarasota, FL   March 06, 2016

Rest in Peace friend. My Son Thomas is named for the Boo and his middle name is Patrick for my favourite author.

Posted by Brian Ellis - Spartanburg, SC   March 06, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with Pat Conroy's family during this time of great loss. I had the great privilege to meet Pat on several occasions, and was always struck by how genuine and humble he was. Rare in someone with his great talent. I will miss him. The world has lost a master.

Posted by Holly Tichenor - Spartanburg, SC   March 06, 2016

Although I only had the pleasure of meeting Pat one time I feel such an overwhelming feeling of loss. His enchanting books will continue to mesmerize readers for generations yet to come. Rest In Peace, Kind Sir.

Posted by Mark Bruce - Bluffton, SC   March 06, 2016

Peace be unto you, family members and to those of us who found pleasure and inspiration in his works!

Posted by Barbara Padget - Lexington, SC   March 06, 2016

Rest in eternal peace dear man. You are loved.

Posted by Chryll Salow - Indian Land, SC   March 06, 2016

I am so, so sad about his death. My heart goes out to his family and all his close friends and his faithful fans all around the world. He will forever be missed. He was truly a national treasure. What a tragic loss for all.

Posted by Mikki Ashe - Chico, CA   March 06, 2016

Candle

The world has lost a great man. The Lowcountry of South Carolina will never be the same.
I had the honor of meeting Mr Conroy and he was such a special man. His words will live on in all of his amazing books.
Pat you just find you a mossy oak up there in heaven take a seat and keep on writing beautiful work.
Prayers for his family.

Posted by Kimberly W. Owens - Beaufort, SC   March 06, 2016

Thank you, dear Sir for sharing your brilliant gift. Your passing leaves a tremendous void. To the family, may your memories of Mr. Conroy bring your comfort during this time.

Posted by Kevin Anne Curry Whitehead - Birmingham, AL   March 06, 2016

No other's words have ever made a greater impact on my heart, mind and soul as do yours. I'm so sorry for all the suffering you endured but I feel an even greater amount of guilt because I know it was through that suffering that your story was born. You have given me so much - clarity, relief, comfort, laughter - but most of all, an overwhelming thankfulness for the written word. Thank you. Thank you from the depths of my being for putting pen to paper and telling your truth. When I get to heaven, I am going to hug you and then sit and listen to you regale the rest of us with your story. Rest in peace, Prince of Words.

Posted by Cheri Spicer - Newburgh, IN   March 06, 2016

This man's writings touched me in ways no other author has. Just the pure beauty of his words as he took us on a journey with his books like none other . This person will truly miss you sir and treasure your wonderful stories even more . Thank you sir for sharing your gift with us.
To the Conroy family , you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Suzanne Taylor - Suches, GA   March 06, 2016

His work helped all of us born as Southerners into complicated families make sense of our upbringing. His work provided us with grace, kindness, and understanding. May peace be with his family. And with all of us who loved his work.

Posted by Greta Byrd - Asheville, NC   March 06, 2016

No other author gave words for the feelings of my Southern soul. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.He was a force to be reckoned with and a force that will be missed.

Posted by Karen Clary - Winston-Salem, NC   March 06, 2016

I have over the years followed with anticipation and excitement the career and life of Pat Conroy! He was a good friend of my friend and that made us acquaintances up close. The writings of Pat touched my spirit and helped me to understand the striving and struggles of the human spirit, and the will to overcome! Truly a gifted and talented writer and a man of immense sensitivity and personal strength and integrity! I will miss his works!

Posted by Doug Kanney - Christiansburg, VA   March 06, 2016

To the family: I am so sorry for your loss. I feel privileged that I discovered Pat's novels in the summer of 2015. I have read 2 and hope to read 2 more this year. I have also seen the movie "Prince of Tides." It was commendable for him to be the teacher he was and to share with the libraries of S.C. his talent.

Posted by B. Joy ce Washington - Spartanburg, SC   March 06, 2016

I have been so sad since I heard the news of his death. Always looked forward to every new novel. Have most all his books and have read them over and over; they never failed to bring me to tears at times; I so loved his prose. Sincere condolences to all his family

Posted by Linda - NC   March 06, 2016

When MY LOSING SEASON was released, my brother Jerry, who worked at The Citadel at the time, sent me a signed copy. I was hooked. I have read the books and I have heard him speak. He definitely had a way with words. He will surely be missed.
-Carl Chamness (Murfreesboro, Tn.)

Posted by Carl Chamness - Murfreesboro, TN   March 06, 2016

Candle

Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   March 06, 2016

I was a Horace Mann insurance agent in 9/26/68, having served in Savannah, Ga, in the Coast Guard. I was in the teachers lounge writing a life policy on Pat Conroy,then a teacher a Beaufort, SC. The secretary came busting into the lounge, asking is I were Jodie Galloway.I said ,Yes! She said you need to get home. Your wife is in the hospital having your first baby. I got back just in time to see
Natalie, the first of four children. I followed Pat and am thankful, I got to meet
him that way. Jodie Galloway

Posted by Jodie Galloway    March 06, 2016

What beautiful words Pat Conroy must be speaking to the throngs in Heaven today. All about our lush South Carolina coast and his love for his fellow South Carolinians. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, but we are all going to suffer because of his death. God be with you, Family of Pat Conroy and know that he was a much loved man.

Posted by Dianne Hill Anderson - Timmonsville, SC   March 06, 2016

I just returned from a place that exemplifies the USA at its worst...Las Vegas just does not work for me but this trip was magical...On Friday I was at an outdoor cafe looking at dogwood trees in full bloom thinking that somebody dear to me had died...See I have a passion for dogwoods and each year I look forward to Easter in the south with the tree that made the cross for Jesus ....I am offer overseas stating, "I just want to get back to see the dogwoods in bloom...." While I often get back I am not always in an area with dogwoods...But I saw them in Vegas night of 4th March and felt something special had happened or was happening.

Pat Conroy played a special role in my life and as I was looking at the Dogwoods in Vegas Pat was passing to the other side in Beaufort County, SC. We were both raised by tough Marine officers and loving southern mothers and we both moved to Beaufort, SC to start our freshmen year at Beaufort High School (BHS) ...Pat was my 10th grade English teacher and we remained in touch over the decades. I was blessed to know Pat....And the world was blessed with his incredible prose....He could write like my mom could cook, sew and love her children...

I cry as I write this knowing I will see Pat on the other side....Life is short so live it to the fullest.

Posted by Michael Shetzer - Miami Beach, FL   March 06, 2016

On behalf of some of the multitude of fans of Pat, please accept my sympathy. I met Pat and his brother once at the University of North Texas after Pat made a presentation. Fans kept introducing themselves to me, as I resemble somewhat Pat's brother. We laughed about it. I heard Pat another time in Dallas, Texas where I live. I am 75 and grew up in Texas and am sufficiently of Pat's era to have been very touched by a huge amount of his writings. I have driven through Beaufort. I especially write you because last night (Friday) I had been to a very good presentation in Dallas of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" where one of the characters quotes a passage from Baudelaire ("With heart at rest I climbed the citadel's steep height"....) that Pat used to open "The Lord's of Discipline". I noted it. Two hours later I heard on the radio that Pat had died. I will never forget those circumstances, or the wonderful pages of Pat's books. Again please accept my sympathy. I always felt sympathy for Pat in his relationship with his father, as my own father Pat was a fair and loving daddy. Dale P. Johnson Dallas, Texas

Posted by Dale Johnson - Dallas, TX - Acquaintance   March 06, 2016

So sorry for your loss. As each day passes reflect on the love you had and the times spent creating memories until the day you can make more memories when you see him again. John 5:28 says do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all in the tombs will hear his voice and come out.

Posted by Elvia Ontiveros - Salem, OR   March 06, 2016

Candle

God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.

Posted by Jane Dowling - Waterbury, CT   March 06, 2016

Thank you for all of the hours of reading pleasure you gave me. I appreciated your very obvious love for your mother and South Carolina. Godspeed Pat Conroy and thank you very much.

Posted by Fran - Albuquerque, NM   March 06, 2016

An American son who gave me many hours of reading pleasure. BEACH MUSIC introduced to Conroy's writing and stole my heart; I've read and reread it over the years.

Posted by Norm Robinson - Apex, NC   March 06, 2016

To the Conroy family, I am so sorry to hear about Pat! Pat will live with you all through his writings.

Posted by Lisa Elliott - Pittsburgh, PA   March 06, 2016

My sincere condolences for your recent loss. May you find comfort knowing that those who die, God keeps in His memory because they are precious in His eyes. - Psalm 116:15

Posted by Susie - FL   March 06, 2016

Some of the most memorable lines i have ever read were written by Pat Conroy. He turned his pain into something beautiful for his readers.

Posted by Vicki Pringle - Toronto, ON   March 06, 2016

Posted by karen martin - ROSWELL, GA   March 06, 2016

Thank you, sir, for your beautiful work. You will be missed by this reader. Rest now Prince Of Tides. I return to Beaufort often. Every corner of that beautiful island brings forth a passage from one of his books and I will return to honor you. Rest now Prince Of Tides.

Posted by Sandra Prince - Clifton, SC   March 06, 2016

So sorry to hear about Pat. One day we will never have to lose our loved ones. May you find comfort knowing many people care for you and our heavenly Father (Psalms 83:18) does too.

Posted by A friend   March 06, 2016

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In God's care, rest in peace.

Posted by Dwayne Bickham,Sr. - Dayton, OH   March 06, 2016

I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. May your family find peace and comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised.

Posted by A friend   March 06, 2016

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face. The rains fall softly upon the fields.
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hands.
Condolences to your family, friends and fans! RIP MilBrat!

Posted by Tom Ferstl - Belton, TX   March 06, 2016

Thank you, Pat Conroy, for all you gave us.

Posted by Rudy - TN   March 06, 2016

I only have a few favorite authors,and Pat Conroy was at the top of my list. I will miss waiting for his next book. God bless you and give you a well-deserved rest.

Posted by jeannine leslie - streetsboro, OH   March 06, 2016

A New Orleans born son of Austrian parents, one named Renate, found his voice through Mr. Conroy's pen. Today I explained to my mother, the meeting of my idol was the only time I have shook with nerves. The 6'1' Santa Claus without a beard author waited for this former LSU football player to compose himself and have chat. My condolences to you all.

Posted by Bernd Linhart - Santa Monica, CA   March 06, 2016

In the words of Susan Sontag, "A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It's a creator of inwardness." These words could have been written specifically for Pat Conroy, RIP. My family and I have laughed, cried and read again and again the wonderful literary oeuvre of Pat Conroy. We shall miss him but his work is his legacy to us. Deep condolences to his family. He touched so many of our hearts.

Posted by Jonathan, Lindy & Hilde Matheson - London and Melbourne   March 05, 2016

I enjoyed reading and seeing most of Pat Conroy's books and movies. One of my professeors knew him and also went to The Citidel and served in the Vietnam War. My deepest prayers and sympathies go out to the Conroy Family God Bless and RIP Pat Conroy.

Posted by Donald Navin - Durham, NC   March 05, 2016

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by G. Freeman - GA   March 05, 2016

As a child of the SC lowcountry and now five decades later, I am still led to water by Pat's descriptions of nature, the marsh and oyster lined creeks I spent my childhood exploring, and the colorful palette of people...
I'll miss Pat and the fact there will be no new words to take in from him. I am infinitely grateful he was here though. "My soul grazes like a lamb on the indrawn tides" is one of his many legacies of words. The pages in my books he authored are well marked. They lead me back to remembering Pat, and always will. I'll stand by a saltwater creek soon, respectfully, and once again thank Pat for the words I carry in my heart. Pat, you still live here in the words. Thank you Mr. Pat Conroy.

Posted by Jim Jordan - Aiken, SC   March 05, 2016

My heart goes out to his beloved wife Cassandra, and to their families. Pat was a dear friend from high school days, and a great author. Rest in peace,Pat. Love, Kathy Kennedy

Posted by Kathy Kennedy Williams - Moore, OK   March 05, 2016

THE Low-country connoisseur-of-words, Pat Conroy, died today and I know what the late fellow Southern gentleman-writer, Lewis Grizzard, meant when he wrote, Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself.

Pat Conroy understood, at the most profound level, all of the magnificent, juxtaposed, simplicity and complexity, goodness and evil, history and aspirations that are my South. Pat Conroy affirmed Southern in ways that only fellow Southerners can understand in all its fullness.

I feel less Southern today than I have in a very long time.

Pat Conroy was my better-self as a southern male. He understood me without knowing me. Goodbye my friend. Safe travels.

Posted by Mickey Dunaway - Cornelius, NC   March 05, 2016

Candle

Your light will always shine as the mesmerizing Irish storyteller that you were. Your love of the natural beauty of Beaufort County will live on in those who fight to protect it, as did you. Your life, as told in your books, exemplifies gratitude, for both the good and bad. Your voice..who will take its place? We mourn your loss, and wish you peace on the heavenly tides, dear Pat.

Posted by Ruth Dawson - SC   March 05, 2016

Before the world knew about Pat's conditions, back around last summer, I am somewhat ashamed to admit I was considering seeking assistance to have him help kick-start publishing of my book. It followed a lot of his common themes: military families, fathers and their relationships with their sons, self loathing, and finding love through it all.

I have decided since Pat's family announced his illness, to self-publish, and the book will be dedicated to him...

Rest in peace, son of Santini.

Major Brian Ellis III,

Citadel CGC alum

Posted by BRIAN ELLIS - Leavenworth, KS   March 05, 2016

Dear Pat,
I think I have read every one of your books, some many, many times. I visit Jack McCall annually in Beach Music. As a matter of fact, I just finished reading it. I read Prince of Tides after I saw the movie, but have read it every two or three years since. I love your stories, your prose, your flowery descriptions. I have often read them aloud to my husband. Beach Music is just perfect. During some very stressful years as a school principal,in the summer of 2005, my husband and I spent a week or so in a cabin northwest of Kalispell Montana, in Amish country. When we weren't walking, hiking in bear country, or driving the "going to the sun" road in Glacier park, we drank lovely wine and I immersed myself in reading for the first time: : The Great Santini, The Water is Wide, The Citadel, and The Lords of Discipline. I've since read The Boo, and My Losing Season. You can't imagine my excitement when the coming of South of Broad was announced. I bought it the first week and have read it 4-5 times. I feel as if I know you, as if you are a friend or family. I wish I had met you. Thank you.

Posted by Dani Baylor - Austin, TX   March 05, 2016

My sympathy to the Conroy family.I have always enjoyed reading.Mr Conroy's books were some of the best.I had hoped to meet him one day on one of my trips to Beaufort. he will be missed.

Posted by Drusilla Sears - Dublin, GA   March 05, 2016

Sorry to hear of the loss of Pat. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. We have loss one of the great ones,however he has left us he great skill of writing forever in his books.

Posted by Phil Richards - Hagaman, NY   March 05, 2016

You have left us too soon. Thank you for the hours of pleasure and enlightenment you gave me over many years. I reread your magnificent "Eulogy for a Fighter Pilot" every year.

Posted by Carol Corbin - Beaumont, TX   March 05, 2016

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R.I.P.

Posted by Cindy Herd - South Hadley, MA   March 05, 2016

RIP Pat.

Posted by Roger Cawiezell - Greeville, NC   March 05, 2016

Loved every book you wrote. You will be missed daily.

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Posted by A friend   March 05, 2016

Candle

Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   March 05, 2016

Gone, but definitely never forgotten.

Posted by Deb Weddington - Kannapolis, NC   March 05, 2016

We are deeply saddened to hear Pat Conroy had been ill, and has passed away yesterday...our daughters 30th birthday. We have read all of his books and the movie, Prince of Tides has always been one of our favorites. We are traveling to Charleston this October..and will be thinking about his and his incredible contribution to our world. Our prayers are with his family. God Bless❤

Posted by Marty & Shelly McDermott - Chico, CA - Friend   March 05, 2016

My favorite author, Rip pat

Posted by Wayne Merris - East petersburg, PA   March 05, 2016

I love The Prince of Tides story. I seen the movie. I can only imagine, for now the book is more wonderful. RIP

Evangelina

Posted by Evangelina Viado - NV   March 05, 2016

Every person that reads one of his books is never the same again in the best way. Rest in peace Mr. Conroy.

Posted by Elizabeth Pierce - Los Angeles, CA   March 05, 2016

To my high school baseball coach in 1968 and friend forever rest in peace and our prayers are with your family

Posted by David Lurch - Roanoke, VA   March 05, 2016

I am so sad, I always was waiting for his next book. I read and reread all of his books

Posted by Jill Burstein - Northbrook, IL   March 05, 2016

There were no bad Conroy books, not one! They educated your mind, broke your heart, tickled your funnybone in the same paragraph oft times. The world is a sadder place for losing his way with a tale, and in the telling the cadence of it! Flights of angels, Sir, flights of angels...

Posted by Georgia Peach - Norcross, GA   March 05, 2016

I know of no author whom I'll miss more. What a truly gifted and interesting man. We should all wish that writing to release a personal story could redirect our lives and the lives of others.

My thoughts are with the family.

Posted by Sam Dynes - Lawrenceburg, KY   March 05, 2016

During this time I'm sure your hearts are hurt ,so may you be comforted by drawing close to God and he will draw close to you.James 4:8.

Posted by Al - FL   March 05, 2016

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   March 05, 2016

SINCERE CONDOLENCES. COL JERRY RECORDS,CITADEL BASKETBALL 1956 TO 1960. I BET THE ALMIGHTY CAN PLAY ONE-ON-ONE.

Posted by A friend   March 05, 2016

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by - OH   March 05, 2016

Many a pleasant hour spent reading your work, Sir. You helped me fall in love with Charleston, SC with your eloquence. Thank you for providing such pleasure. Rest in Peace.

MMI- Norristown, PA

Posted by Michelle Iacovino - Norristown, PA   March 05, 2016

My dearest Cassandra, I have a heavy heart for you and all of your family. What a blessing Pat was to all of us. You will all be in my prayers.

Posted by linda hal - highlands, NC   March 05, 2016

Posted by Ohn Doyle's    March 05, 2016

Our dearest condolences to the family. May our Heavenly Father comfort you in the coming days (Psa.83:18).

Posted by AH - CA   March 05, 2016

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Bless your heart

Posted by Tina Michalski - Spooner, WI   March 05, 2016

I AM DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE.PLEASE TAKE COMFORT IN THE FACT THAT"ALMIGHTY GOD HAS SENT HIS SON TO BIND UP THE BROKENHEARTED AND COMFORT ALL WHO MOURN".ISAIAH 61:1-2

Posted by TINA T - CLEV, OH   March 05, 2016

So sorry to hear of the loss. Death is never an easy thing to deal with. Thankfully we have the hope at Revelation 24:14.

Posted by A friend   March 05, 2016

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Melissa, Jessica and Megan,
I pray that God is holding all of you tight. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by S C - FL   March 05, 2016

Im so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please take comfort in the words of a faithful man in Gods word. Job chapter 14 verses 14 and 15 says, "If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service until my relief comes. You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands." Job had confidence that even if a man should pass away, he could live again. In fact, our Heavenly Father longs to bring them back. As we await until our relief comes, may the God of all Comfort be with you.

Posted by A friend   March 05, 2016

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So sorry to read this.

Posted by Pamela Greene - Jasper, GA   March 05, 2016

His books have brought enjoyment and enrichment to so many. And stories from those who spent time with Pat Conroy make it clear that he was gracious and generous. My condolences to his family and many friends.

Posted by Brian O'Shea - Woodstock, GA   March 05, 2016

Candle

Rest in peace.

Posted by Penny    March 05, 2016

A great loss for us all. Pat Conroy was a magician of words, and had great compassion for those in need, and had a great love for our state . He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Donna Hudson - Lugoff, SC   March 05, 2016

Will miss Mr. Pat very much. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Penny Ripley - Beaufort, SC   March 05, 2016

This is such sad news. He was an outstanding writer who could make you laugh. I'm convinced that he loved The Citadel, its Corps of Cadets, and its academic program. I'll never forget his very moving eulogy for Colonel Thomas Nugent Courvoisie, a man Pat greatly loved, respected, and revered. I've read all of his books and have them all on my "Citadel" shelf. I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife and family. Rest in peace.

Posted by Bob Morris - Tucker, GA   March 04, 2016

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This is a great loss to the literary world.When he wrote about the Low Country you could smell the Shrimp and Grits cooking. You could feel the breeze of the salt air. God speed Pat.

Posted by Jean Cox - Sharpsburg, GA   March 04, 2016

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