James F. Conway, 90, of Auburn passed away May 17, 2014 in St. Vincent’s Hospital after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Arline R. (Grenier) his sons James M. Conway of Leicester and his partner Christine Paquin, Kevin F. Conway of Auburn and his wife Lynn, and Steven P. Conway of Auburn and his former daughter in law Mia of Oxford.
He also leaves his five grandchildren Steven T., Kayla, Nicholas, Matthew, and Addyson, and sisters-in-Law Midge Conway, Lucy Prachniak and her husband Joseph, a brother-in-law Gerry Grenier and his wife Donna, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was born in Worcester the son of the late James H. Conway and Sadie T. (Hackett) and was predeceased by his brother Paul J. Conway of Shrewsbury.
He attended Sacred Heart School and South High School in Worcester.
He was a lifelong parishioner of Sacred Heart St. Catherine of Sweden Church. James worked for Wyman Gordon Co. as a security guard for 25 years and retired in 1990. He lived in South Worcester most of his life before moving to Auburn 28 years ago.
James was a proud veteran of the United States Army in WWII and served in the South Pacific, New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. After the war ended he served as a prison guard during the early war crimes trials.
James was a longtime member of the Powers Star Harmony Drum Corps of Worcester. He loved spending time with family and keeping it simple. He was an avid sports fan his whole life and enjoyed cheering on his beloved Red Sox. He loved his weekly Saturday trips with his cousins.
He will be remembered as a kind gentleman with an easy going personality with immeasurable decency.
A special thanks for the wonderful care from all the Doctors and Nurses of St. Vincent’s Hospital (ICU).
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central St. in Auburn from 5-8 PM Wednesday May 21, 2014. His funeral will be held Thursday from the funeral home with a Mass at 11AM in Sacred Heart St. Catherine Church, 596 Cambridge Street, Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Sacred Hcart St. Catherine of Sweden Church or a charity of your choice.