John Leo Conroy III of Key Biscayne and formerly of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan died peacefully in Miami on August 11, 2016 after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 82 years old.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, he grew up in Bloomfield Hills and graduated from the University of Miami. After his military service at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, he spent his entire professional career in the automotive industry in Detroit. He was Vice President of Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation and of Gulf and Western Industries, and the head of sales for Wellington Industries.
John was a talented amateur golfer who played on the UM golf team on a scholarship and competed in several high level tournaments in his native state of Michigan. After retiring he enjoyed golf at Indian Creek Country Club on Miami Beach. He was a member of Oakland Hills Country club since 1961, where he won the Club Championship twice and the Senior Club Championship. John inherited his ability to teach golf from his father, Leo, one of Oakland Hills’ favorite golf pros.
John was an avid collector of antique cars. He won his class at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance Grand Prix with his beloved 1949 MG – a classic which he had totally remodeled himself.
John’s sense of humor was second to none. He had an amazing ability to make us all laugh. What a fun person to be around!!
Survivors include his brother, Michael; his stepdaughter, Jami; and grandchildren Amanda, Alex and Olivia from his wife Sharon, who died in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, and her three children, Sherrie (Rick) Giusto, Scott (Belinda) Sime, and Lisa (Ed) McCaffrey. Their children are Ali (Sam) Matias; Chris and Jenna Giusto; Amber Sime; and Max, Christian, Dylan and Luke McCaffrey. John made his grandchildren a part of his life, and they all adored him.
Betty feels blessed to have had a 16-year marriage filled with love and laughter. How we will all miss this kind, loving, generous, funny person!!!
Many thanks to our wonderful caregiver, Nora Ramirez. Any donations in John’s name please send to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Visit www.michaeljfox.org or call 1-800-708-7644.