GAYLORD — GAYLORD – Patrick R. Cooney, the Diocese of Gaylord’s bishop emeritus, has died at the age of 78.
A statement released by the Diocese indicates that he passed away Monday morning.
Cooney served as the third bishop of the Diocese that serves 21 northern counties of Michigan's Lower Peninsula from Jan. 28, 1990, until he retired in 2009. He had been in failing health and was unable to be on hand for the rededication and blessing of the Diocesan Conference Center renamed after him on Oct. 6.
Final arrangements are pending, though a funeral Mass is being planned at this time for Monday, Oct. 22, at noon at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.