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Memorable Manitobans: William James “Bill” Conway (1919-2008)

Veteran, civil servant, community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 13 March 1919, he played hockey as a young man, being a linemate of Billy Mosienko on the Isaac Newton High School team. During the Second World War, he served in most major land battles in the European theatre, with the exception of Dieppe, when he was giving small arms instruction at Thunder Bay and Shilo. His medals included the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defense Medal, Voluntary Service Medal and the Victory Medal. Returning from military service, he worked for 40 years as a federal civil servant.

He served as President of his Royal Canadian Legion Branch and the Winnipeg Robert Burns Club, and was a long-time member of the Kinsmen.

He died unmarried at Winnipeg on 10 June 2008 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 2008.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 January 2013

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