OBITUARY

William J. Conway

November 23, 1935November 26, 2018
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William J. Conway "Bill" passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, November 26, 2018. He had just celebrated his 83rd birthday. Loving husband of 57 years to Barbara L. Conway (nee Ackerman); dear father of Kenneth Conway, Daniel (Claudia) Conway, Elizabeth (Scott) Meier, and Michael (Jane) Conway; proud grandfather of Miranda and Dylan Conway, Mikey and Maria Conway, and Madeline, Evan, and Joe Meier; beloved brother of the late Marie Conway; our dear uncle, brother-in-law, cousin, and friend to many.

Bill was born in Overland, Missouri and attended All Souls Grade School and Mercy High School. He worked his way through college at Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1957. He then went on to earn his MBA from St. Louis University.

Bill enlisted in the United States Army in 1957 and became Sergeant in the Finance Corps. He left the Army with an Honorable Discharge in 1963. Bill met his lovely wife, Barbara, in 1959 when they both worked briefly for McDonnell Douglas, and they were married in 1961. Bill subsequently went to work for the Container Corporation of America as a salesman and moved to Dallas, Texas. He traveled extensively throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana for his job. Their two older boys, Ken and Dan, were born in Dallas. Bill eventually got transferred back to St. Louis in 1965. Beth and Mike, their other two children, were born in St. Louis.

Bill started working for Walston & Co., a national brokerage firm, as a broker in 1968. After a series of mergers, the firm became DuPont Walston, and eventually closed its doors in 1974. At that point, Bill moved to Rowland and Co., a regional brokerage firm, as General Sales Manager. In 1976, Bill founded his own brokerage firm, William J. Conway & Co., Inc., and worked many long hours to build up his firm and keep it running successfully. He was active in the investment industry for over 50 years, and was well-respected by his clients and industry peers. He was active in financial industry affairs, participating in conferences and symposiums and appearing at events as guest speaker. Bill received numerous financial industry awards and wrote articles for publications as well as appearing on TV and radio, giving insights on financial markets. Many remember him from his daily stock market reports which were a fixture on local radio, NPR station KWMU, for over 25 years. In his long career, Bill helped hundreds of clients to reach their goals and become financially independent.

In addition to building and running a successful business, Bill still found time to be a dedicated community volunteer. He served on various boards and held leadership positions in charitable, church, civic, youth, and educational organizations throughout the course of his career. Of note, he coached Little League baseball and soccer, became President of St. Joseph's Academy Father's Club, and also was very involved with the Missouri Athletic Club, where he was President from 1988-1989. During that time, he was instrumental in the movement to allow women members into the Club.

Throughout all this time, Bill's first love was his family. He made a priority to spend quality time with them. They have fond memories of annual family vacations, and he was always present at his children's, and eventually his grandchildren's, school and cultural performances and sporting events. An avid traveler, Bill and his wife Barbara have visited countries all around the world. Bill also enjoyed reading, singing, and spending time with his many friends. He was known for his kindness, generosity, and wonderful sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.

Services: Visitation on Monday, December 3, from 4 to 8 pm at Kriegshauser West, 9450 Olive Blvd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 4, at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church, 401 S. Lindbergh Blvd, 63131. Interment at St. Peters Cemetery, Kirkwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or to a charity of your choice.

Please leave a favorite memory of Bill for his family to cherish at the "Add a Memory" link below.

  • FAMILY

  • John Ignatius Conway, Father
  • Helen (nee' Maha) Conway, Mother
  • Barbara Louise (nee' Ackerman) Conway, Wife
  • Kenneth Conway, Son
  • Daniel (Claudia) Conway, Son
  • Elizabeth (Scott) Meier, Daughter
  • Michael (Jane) Conway, Son
  • Miranda Conway, Granddaughter
  • Dylan Conway, Grandson
  • Michael Conway, Grandson
  • Maria Conway, Granddaughter
  • Madeline Meier, Granddaughter
  • Evan Meier, Grandson
  • Joseph Meier, Grandson
  • Marie Conway, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kenneth W. Conway
  • Daniel J. Conway
  • Michael J. Conway
  • Scott L. Meier
  • Michael R. Conway
  • Joseph S. Meier

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

William J. Conway

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Patty Wwnte

December 4, 2018

Barbara,

Bill called me a few months ago and left a very special voice mail message.... about how much he appreciated his service on KWMU as a stock reviewer.

He was an amazing man...that always had the time to ask how you were.

I will miss him!

Patty Wente

Jinny Gender

December 4, 2018

Dear Barbara, Beth and family,

Bill was very special to us. I met him at KWMU in about 1984 and he was such a good person and
always so kind to everyone.

Bill really helped us plan for a good retirement. He was a good
friend all these years.

Jinny and Jim

jim o'grady

November 30, 2018

Dearest Barb & Family, Bill was a year ahead of me at Mercy. When I next met him he had completed his Masters' thesis with Dr. Leo Simmons at SLU. When I began to write my thesis Dr Simmons advised me that a Bill Conway had done a wonderful work and that I should get a copy of his thesis and model it after his. Some how the Library had mishelved Bill's thesis which was not located until after I labored through the writing of mine continously reminded by Dr. Simmons that I needed to model my thesis after Bill's. We would remind each other of the writing trials under Dr. Leo. Bill, you did indeed do your penance on earth. Bill, thanks for later mentoring me as president of MAC's Forever Young Club.

Larry Thompson

November 28, 2018

President Conway was president of the MAC three years before I was hired to be it’s COO. He reached out to me immediately with kindness and support. He was always there for management and staff. I will always cherish his quiet leadership and encouragement.
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Mark McCoy

November 28, 2018

I knew Bill, as an IT professional who did work at his office. Generally, people like me do our job fairly unnoticed. Out of the number of times I visited the office and came across Bill, who appeared to be busy and focused on more important matters, he always took time to address and greet me by name.

The time I spent with him working over technical issues was pleasant. He would engage in what I'd call "small talk", as well as take an interest in what I was doing. He did not become frustrated or impatient, as many often do when confronted with a crashed computer or other technical problem. He asked questions and was engaging. I never had the "Uh oh, here comes the boss" jitters that often comes when working in a business environment where things are not working well. He appeared to be a very down to earth person.

For the brief and sporadic moments when our paths would cross, he took time and left an impression of being a genuine, friendly man. I'm sure he will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Portrait of Bill drawn by Al Schweitzer, long-time editorial artist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, circa 1988.

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Bill (at right) broadcasting live at a benefit for KWMU radio in 1980.

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Magazine article about Bill's term as President of the MAC, 1988.

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Magazine article about Bill's broadcasting role at KWMU radio, 1992.