Roger Townsend Conway Jr.
1968 - 2020
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Conway Jr., Roger Townsend
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Roger Townsend Conway, Jr. on July 29, 2020. He left us shortly after admittance to hospice following two years of cancer treatment and true to form, when he was ready.
Born in October 1968 in New Haven, CT, Roger was bigger than life in form and personality. He grew up in Orange, CT, and attended Amity High School, Syracuse University and SCSU. He always made friends along the way and they remained his friends for life. Free with opinions alongside a deep desire for fairness to the world, Roger was gracious and forgiving and saw humor in everything that lived and breathed. He judged without being judgmental and teased without being mean. His smile could move mountains and disarm the meanest of characters. The world would be well-served if we were to follow his example.
Whether he was bartending, waiting tables, starting and running a variety of businesses, or marketing management, he brought ferocity of talent, energy, and "no BS" to every role. He created a legacy of generous friends and colleagues who relish in his humor and spirit. His love for classic rock and sports compelled him daily and he never saw a situation that couldn't be wagered. There was not a bigger Yankees fan in the spring or Steelers fan in the Fall.
"As long as we're together" was his special saying with his wife Hope. They knew they could do anything as long as they were together. This was especially important in the last few years. He lived for his wife, daughters and family. His greatest joy was being a dad. He loved to watch his daughter Grace ride horses even on the coldest winter day or coaching her softball team to a championship. Avery's favorite spot in the house was in his pocket - his lap on the couch - and he was Avery's favorite playmate. He could be found playing school as Bobby, the somewhat delinquent student that occasionally ended up in the principal's office or the Beast (Prince) to her many princesses. Roger brought comfort to all and was always ready to make you laugh when times were hard.
Roger is survived by his loving wife, Hope Conway (McCall); his daughters Grace (16) and Avery (5); his parents: mother, Barbara Conway; father, Roger T. Conway, Sr. and stepmother, Andrea; in-laws David and Carolyn McCall; his siblings, Heather Smith, Kirsten Mason and Andrew Conway, their spouses and his many nieces and nephews.
Due to health risks associated with Covid-19, services will be limited to a private family gathering. Within the year, when we can, we will hold the memorial celebration that Roger wanted, a party to celebrate his life filled with music and laughter.
In lieu of flowers, we request that memorial contributions be made to the Go Fund me for Roger's family (

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Published in The New Haven Register on Jul. 31, 2020.
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December 8, 2020
I hadn't seen this space until rereading Roger's obit just now...he was a major influence on me when we were kids, in music and in life. He was a steady warm & always funny presence in those tumultuous years, a friend to my whole family and an anchor of our tight circle of friends. I'm sad to have not been in touch in recent years, as my appreciation for him could only have grown with the years, but it was a great gift to see him in the days before his death, carrying his burden with true "grace under pressure", and to have met his family. Play on, brother.
Dan Lydon
August 9, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. Roger was a brother to me and his passing was too soon. We will love you and miss you always.
August 6, 2020
God Bless you Roger ♡
Carol Marsan
August 1, 2020
Katie Hughes-Nelson
August 1, 2020
I will miss Rogers kind soul!! My condolences to his family. Here is a picture from the beginning of Rogers life. He was a great pitcher and could send the baseball flying.
Seth Bunze
August 1, 2020
Laurie Hannan
August 1, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Roger in 1992 when I worked with his Dad at SCSU, and he was an undergrad student. I can still hear his voice, when he'd pop into my office to visit, "Is my Dad around?" We shared many laughs together. He was kind, gentle, sweet, handsome, respectful, generous, and above all a great guy! His smile lit up a room! I was so sorry to learn of his passing. May his beautiful family find strength in the cherished memories they hold dear in their hearts. May you RIP Roger and soar with the angels. You certainly will be missed by many. I will always smile, when I think of you.
Janis Ardito
August 1, 2020
Joy Feld
August 1, 2020
Elizabeth (Betsey) Vincent
August 1, 2020
Phil Cerimeli
July 31, 2020
Bill Mecca
July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
We grieve Roger's passing and mourn his loss as I recall with Tre his joyous and warm presence over the years I worked on research with Barbara at Yale and saw Roger grow from teen to young adult. May the memory of his easy smile and kindness live on, as it is shared by those who knew him. Our thoughts and love are with Roger's wife and two daughters, with his sisters, with his father, and, in a very special way, with his mother Barbara, our dear friend. - Mogens and Tre Jensen, Roswell, Georgia
Mogens and Tre Jensen
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