Pat went out on Saturday 16 April, 2016 for a few quiet drinks with mates after playing his first senior football match alongside his big brother. He wasn’t a fighter, it just wasn’t his scene. But when a brawl started to build outside the pub, being the loyal and caring mate he was, Pat stepped in to pull a friend away. It was then that Pat was punched in the head from behind. He stayed on his feet, checking all his mates were ok, but soon after he started to develop symptoms, had a seizure and was taken to hospital unconscious. Two days later, his family made the agonising decision to turn off his life support.
A quietly spoken, gentle natured young man with a fierce determination, Pat deeply loved his family and friends. His death has left a gaping hole in their lives and caused devastation among his friends and their broader community. Pat’s parents, Matt and Robyn Cronin, created the Pat Cronin Foundation to honour the life of Pat and help young Australians make wise decisions and end the senseless violence that devastates families and communities.