William T. Conway

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William T. Conway

AGE: 91 • New Brunswick

William T. Conway, 91, of New Brunswick, died peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. Bill was born in New Brunswick on November 6, 1921 to humble beginnings, a product of the Irish First Ward of the city. Known as "Hobo" by his childhood friends, Bill later acquired another nickname- "Chief" - due to his police service for the City of New Brunswick. A star football player for the New Brunswick High School Zebras, Bill met his lifelong sweetheart, Tillie, selling tickets for a school fundraiser. Had he not loved football so much (Bill stayed an extra year to play), this chance encounter would never have happened. Following his distinguished and highly decorated service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, in which Bill flew Corsairs in the Pacific Theater, Bill returned home to marry Tillie. They were married for 68 years, living in New Brunswick the entire time - a city that Bill dearly loved and vowed never to leave. On September 4, 1951, Bill was appointed to serve on the New Brunswick Police Department. Bill had a distinguished career, receiving several honors for bravery in the line of duty. Even so he remained a humble man, proud only that he could loyally serve a city that he so loved. Bill's dedication did not go unnoticed, though. He rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming the Chief of Police in 1988 and then Director of Police in 1990 - the highest rank to be held in the department. Bill retired on January 1, 1992. Hundreds of people attended Bill's retirement ceremony to celebrate his great career. Known as a "cop's cop" Bill was a member of the P.B.A, New Brunswick Local No. 23 and the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police. Beyond his police work Bill was also very active in local civic organizations. He was a member and past Exalted Ruler of the New Brunswick Elks, Lodge 324. He served on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, and he was named "Irishman of the Year" in 2009 by the Emerald Society. Bill was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, New Brunswick, and he devoted considerable personal time to support the clergy and nuns of the parish.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Bertha (Wilcox) Conway; his two brothers, James and George Wilcox, and his sister, Martina Kier. Bill is survived by his wife, Tillie (Petrich) Conway, his daughter, Kathleen Conway, his grandchildren, Kimberly Acevedo of Milltown and William Acevedo of Berkeley, California, his great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Macknowski, Walter and Charlotte Acevedo, and Vivian Platt, along with several nieces and nephews, all of whom he showered with love and affection throughout his lifetime.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 AM Tuesday at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, New Brunswick. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, New Brunswick. Relatives and friends may call 2 pm - 4 pm and 7 pm - 9 pm Monday at the Quackenboss Funeral Home, 156 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Challah Fund, 205 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Published in Home News Tribune on Apr. 7, 2013
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