He was the eldest child of Michael John Lennon and Elizabeth Gallagher Lennon.
The Lennons came to the United States from Ireland and Patrick was born in New York City on March 9, 1931.
He was raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School, where he excelled in basketball, track, and boxing before joining the United States Air Force. During his military service, he was stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he met the equally determined and passionate Lydia Flores. He and Lydia married in New York City on his birthday in 1957.
He continued his education and earned degrees from both Fordham University and Lamar University. In 1962, he achieved a lifelong goal of joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent. He played a role in many investigations but was particularly proud of his work advancing important civil rights cases. He earned a reputation for dedication and unique professionalism with the FBI. He was an exemplary husband and father. He and Lydia raised seven children as they moved from New York City to Tampa, Fla., before calling Cleveland their home. He and Lydia enjoyed a rich spiritual life supported by their close friends and parishioners at St. Therese Catholic Church. He was active in the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed spending time with his family at home and on the golf course.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia, who died in 2001 and his sister Bridie, who died in January 2013.
He is survived by his sister, Rita McDowell; and his brother, Michael Lennon and their families; children, Patrick Lennon Jr. with wife, Maureen, Elizabeth Lennon, Thomas Lennon with wife, Mary Lane, John Lennon with wife, Kathy, Maria Lennon Vernon with husband, Jim, Kathleen Lennon Comer with husband, Bragg, and Michael Lennon; 14 grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, followed by a reception in Breen Hall.
Memorials may be directed to St. Therese Catholic Church or a charity of one’s choice.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Lennon family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.