Tom Conway | Obituary

Tom Conway passed away on November 3rd at the age of 100 after a brief battle with pneumonia. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Tom was the son of Thomas Raymond Conway Sr of Portland, Oregon and Selah Elizabeth Wright of Seattle, Washington.

Tom was a graduate of Reed College with a degree in Chemistry though his education was interrupted by World War II. Tom proudly served 4 yrs in the Navy onboard the PC466. His service was largely spent in the Pacific and he was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. He had many stories to tell. Following the war he married his college sweetheart, Jenny. The two moved to Mercer Island in 1957 with their two children, Robin and Peter. Tom went on to earn his Masters Degree at University of Pennsylvania. Avid Hikers, both Tom and Jenny were often to be found trekking Rainier and the Cascades or walking the Mercer Island trails.

Tom’s career included teaching for several school districts – chemistry at Mercer Island High School and math in the Seattle, Lake Washington and Bellevue school districts. He also enjoyed coaching soccer on Mercer Island. He retired early to care for Jenny who passed away from Cancer in 1984. Tom was later married again to Claire Lidzbarski.

Tom continued an active lifestyle, he loved rugged road trips, the Oregon Coast and the San Juan Islands, and kept busy with volunteer work and the church choir. He was an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and later St. Peters in Seattle. Although his body slowed down, his mind and memories never did. Tom was an excellent storyteller up to the day his passed and was able to astound others with his ability to recall the smallest details of his travels and of years past. He leaves behind daughter Robin (Joe) and son Peter (Coni), 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, his ex wife Claire, and some very special life long friends.

A private service was held for him in Bellevue, and a small family memorial was held on his favorite beach on the Oregon Coast, where many of his stories took place.