Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg tweeted at 8:47 am Thursday, March 22, “It is with deep sorrow that I report Alexandria Living Legend, prominent business leader, and founder of our St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Pat Troy, passed away this morning. Pat helped many people and had a lasting impact on Alexandria. He was a dear friend and will be sorely missed.”
Born in Ireland in 1941, Pat Troy was one of three brothers who dropped out of school when he was 13 to work as a farmhand. In 2011, he told the Washington Times, “I didn’t like school. If you didn’t know it, you didn’t know it,” Mr. Troy said. “I did everything on the farm. It was hard work, but I was proud of bringing home a few shillings.”
He worked his way up and met a lady from Detroit who offered him work at her son’s company in the United States. The young 21-yr old immigrant stepped on American soil for the first time in 1962 and made the land his own. He soon got a job as a butler in Washington, and cut his teeth for three years in the service industry where his bubbling personality helped him interact with people like President Eisenhower, Bobby Kennedy, and even Charles Lindbergh.
His ambitions looked to business and when he opened Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own in Alexandria, he instantly became a part of the business and civic community.
A deeply religious man, he was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for more than 40 years, and has been married to his wife, Bernadette, for 45 years.
They both recently were the Grand Marshals on Sunday, March 18, 2018 for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria, the event he founded, along with the Ballyshaners organization over 30 years ago.
In 2010, Pat Troy was honored as a Living Legends of Alexandria.
Editor’s Note: We will publish details of Pat Troy’s funeral service as soon as details are released]