James J. Conway, Jr.
James J. Conway, Jr., former chairman and chief executive of the Long Island Savings Bank, died on May 6, 2007 of complications after a long illness. Jim Conway was married to Dolores ("Dee") Gilhooly for 53 years, the father of five children, grandfather of 18, and was an accomplished banker, lawyer, and athlete. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Conway was born in Rockaway and grew up in Jamaica Estates, Queens. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Prep, the College of Holy Cross and Fordham Law School. Mr. Conway was a long-time resident of Manhasset, New York; Quogue, New York; and Palm Beach, Florida.
Jim Conway was well known for his generosity. While he supported many charities and community works, his favorite causes were education and youth programs. Jim Conway and his wife and family were long-time supporters of Little Flower Children's Services, an agency providing educational, foster care, family counseling, and adoption services.
Jim Conway was an active athlete and sports fan. He played competitive baseball and basketball in high school and college and was offered a professional baseball contract at a young age. He was a passionate participant in everything he did and played competitive golf until late in life.
Jim Conway pursued a lifelong interest in horse racing and was an owner or part owner of many leading trotters and thoroughbreds.
The caption under Mr. Conway's photo in his senior yearbook at Holy
Cross called him "Lucky Jim" and noted that he was known for his intelligence, his charm and sense of humor, his athletic skill, and pointed out that he liked to dance. In many ways the editor of the Holy
Cross yearbook captured the essence of Jim Conway's life. The only
thing that editor missed was his love and devotion to his wife Dee and his pride and enjoyment of his family.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Conway is survived by his five children: James J. Conway III of Matinecock, NY; Susan Conway Petrelli of Harrison, NY; Kevin J. Conway of Plandome; Brian J. Conway of Newton, MA; and Traci Conway Clinton of Plandome Manor; two daughters-in-law, Denise Conway and Karen Conway; two sons-in-law,
Joseph Petrelli and Matthew Clinton; 18 grandchildren; and a sister, Janet Conway Sands of Woodbury, CT.
The wake for James Conway was held May 10 at Fairchild & Sons Funeral Home, 1570 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset. A memorial Mass was held at St. Mary's Church, Manhasset on Friday, May 11. The family will be holding a private burial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Little Flower Children's Services, 2450 N. Wading River Road, PO Box 9000, Wading River, NY 11792.