Go home. Donald Stephen Conway, 93, son of Catherine Burgess Conway and John Patrick Conway, was called back to his final resting place in paradise on February 13, 2022. A son of Irish, he was proud of his Gaelic heritage.
In his early years, New York was Don’s home. He was born on December 28, 1928 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Soon after, his family moved to the Bronx where Don and his three siblings were raised.
After serving his country in the US Army, Don earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fordham University. Education then became his life.
Don began his teaching career in Rochester, NY at McQuaid Jesuit High School. At The Ancient Order of Hibernians, he met his love, Carol Haggerty Conway. Together they built their first home, bringing three new lives into the world. Don continued his education at the University of Rochester where he earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration. He worked as an English teacher and assistant principal in the Penfield Central School District. Rochester was home for a decade.
Life quickly moved the Conway family to Jamestown, NY, where Don worked as a high school principal in the Falconer Central School District. The Conway family settled into their new home where they lived a rich and full life which included Don’s sister, Alice’s family, the Joseph T. Minarovich family. Don continued his education at the University at Buffalo and became involved in various educational and community organizations, including the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Jamestown was home for three decades.
The retreat brought Don and Carol to their next home in Viera, Florida for two decades of sunshine. Don left his newest home in Virginia Beach, Virginia for his final resting place in paradise. Don’s journey home was peaceful with Carol, Noreen, Mary Beth and John by his side. S¯l’s.
Surviving Don is his wife of 62 years, Carol Haggerty Conway; and her three children: Noreen Conway (Robert Raymond) of Washington, DC, Mary Beth Conway (Kenneth Dens) of Rochester, NY, and John Conway (Jennifer Rafferty) of Chesapeake, Va. ; and six grandchildren: Joshua, Kieran and Christopher Ryan Conway, Meghan and Ryan Dens and Tighe Raymond. Also survived are his many cherished nieces and nephews who cherish their “Uncle Donny”.
Don is predeceased by two sisters who were recently called home: Alice Conway Minarovich and Ann (Tootsie) Conway Ricchiuti. He was predeceased many years ago by his brother, John (Joey) Conway.
A Celtic Celebration of Life is scheduled for June 25, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church/Holy Apostles Parish in Jamestown, NY, with a meal to follow the ceremony.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ss. Peter and Paul Choir/Holy Apostles in Don’s name.
You can leave words of condolence for Donald’s family at www.lindfuneral home.com