Patrick R. Conley

Patrick R. Conley, age 74, Retired CPD Homicide Detective, Old Area 4; Graduate of UIC, BS, MS, PhD in Psychology; longtime Professor of Psychology at UIC; former Limo Driver, and UIC Director of Medical Testing; beloved husband of Dorothy, nee Delaney; loving father of Shannon, Matthew (Burcak), Mark (Sandra), Kevin Loren (Kiko) and Ryan (Claudia) Conley; proud grandfather of Isabella Janet, Demir Patrick, Ayla, Hiro, Miyuki and Yoshi; dear brother of Delores (the late Dan) Leftakes and the late Louis DeGrande, Gloria Charles and Larry Conley;
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the fire shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance

Visitation Thursday, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. until time of funeral 9:00 a.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road),             Elmhurst. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Tree House                     Humane Society, 7225 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645.  For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or





3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126





8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126





9:30 a.m. at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
134 Arthur Street
Elmhurst, IL




In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

The Tree House Humane Society, 7225 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645 

11 comments on “Patrick R. Conley
  1. Ginger Bradley says:

    I ‘m so sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by all of you. It’s been so enjoyable to see how Bella has grown and seems to become prettier and more like her mother every day. It was obvious how much your father loved her and you. My thoughts, prayers and love, Ginger

  2. Terry Gainer says:

    Pat was a wonderful man, a great detective with a winsome smile and sense of humor. I was privileged to work at the old Area 4 Homicide with detectives like Pat. Peace be with his Spirit.

  3. Rita Gray Marsh Cook says:

    My condolences go out to the family. I worked in the front office in the Psychology front office. Pat was such a sweet spirited guy. When he went on vacation he would always bring me a mug back. I was truly grateful and still have those mugs. R.I.P. Conley

  4. M.C. Rao says:

    My sincerest condolences to the family. I am a colleague and Patrick will be sorely missed.

  5. Sonya Slaughter says:

    Mark and Sandra…I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Pauletta Webb, Jeanetta Brandes and Marcia Swalby - the Indiana Charles nieces. says:

    We all extend our sympathy and love to all of you. Family is precious. Patrick was an amazing husband, father, brother to our mom and Larry and uncle to us. He will be missed. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  7. Diana Gonzalez-Cameron says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. Shirley Pincus says:

    Dear Conley family, Dr. Pat and I worked together many years ago when he was consulting on workforce productivity and training. He made me laugh every time we met. A gentle, considerate, humble and intelligent man, I respected him greatly. aAnd because of Dr. Pat, we noticed a decent increase in employee morale and productivity. My sincere condolences on your loss. He was a wonderful man. But I bet heaven is cracking up right now at his witty jokes.

    Shirley Pincus, Retired
    Director of Human Resource Management

  9. Linda Buyer says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Pat and I were in school together, and I will never forget some of the stories he told us about being a detective.

  10. Kristen (Erwin) Rutherford & Vinny Rutherford says:

    Vinny and I are so sorry to hear about this. My father (Frank Erwin) loved him so, he always told the best stories about him. We spent a wonderful day with him in Chicago back in I think it was 2007 or 2008 – he took us all over the city, told us great stories about all the homicides he worked — and then took us to eat good food! 🙂 Love to all of you xoxoxoxo.

  11. ELLEN (San Hamel) MCPHERSON says:

    My sincere condolences to the family of Pat Conley on his sudden passing.You all were so blessed to have Pat in your lives. He was a truly special person. I first met Pat in the 1970’s when we worked in the CPD Model Cities Program. Pat was a young patrolman with a heart as big as his sense of humor. Over the years as life took us in different directions, I followed his diverse career.
    In later years, we exchanged an occasional phone call and email. I had planned to surprise him with an email on his birthday today, but the surprise was on me. Who could have imagined that he would be taken from us so suddenly.So now today, i wish Pat a happy heavenly birthday! Rest in peace, my friend!

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