Michael Conway

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Michael Dennis Conway
January 7, 1942 - September 8, 2018
On September 8, 2018, Michael D. Conway, husband, father, Papa and Irishman, passed away gently into the good night surrounded by his family. Although his death was unexpected, Mike left this world in the same way he lived it, quietly and uncomplicated. His favorite author, John Irving, famously stated, "It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious." This is the gift Mike has left his family. He was born January 7, 1942 in Oakland Ca, but grew up in Turlock and Modesto. He received a B.A. at Stanislaus State and made a career at Stanislaus County as a probation officer and later as a welfare fraud investigator. Although he was great at his job, his real lifework was made with a stroke of a paint brush and by the wit of his tongue. Never one to take fashion cues, he most often could be found in an old t-shirt, a pair of shorts and Birkenstocks, glass of red wine in hand, upstairs painting in his art studio (although others might refer to it as the attic). One of Mike's greatest legacies is not a list of accomplishments or great deeds but the things that he introduced into people's lives. Mike had a passion for joke telling, laughter, Jimmy Buffet, Monty Python, Paris, a good novel, a crossword puzzle book, a glass of great red wine and his feet in the sand. In addition, although embarrassing to his family, he was never one to turn down a can of Spam. Mike was able to travel the world with his wife and took his two sons on a trip to Ireland and his daughter on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris. Mike was the son of Isadore Conway. He is survived by mother Norma Conway, his wife of 34 years, Janis Vilas-Conway, his son Christopher Conway (Jennifer), son Sean Conway (Amy), daughter Jennifer Conway-Brandt (Shaunna), and step-daughter Lisa Willming (Paul). His greatest pride and joy were his grandkids, Ellen Willming, Grace Willming, Benjamin Conway-Brandt and Cate Conway-Brandt. There will be a private graveside burial. A celebration of this Irishman's life will be held on Saturday, September 15 at 3:00 and will be hosted by Paul and Lisa Willming. In lieu of flowers any memorial donations can be made to Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Avenue, Hughson, CA 95326. And with that, Mike's kids would like to end this with a quote for their Pop from Mr. Jimmy Buffet … "He went to Paris looking for answers, to questions that bothered him so. He was impressive, young and aggressive, saving the world on his own."
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Published in the Modesto Bee on Sept. 14, 2018