CONWAY, Gordon (Bud)

Gordon (Bud) Conway

April 20, 1931 – December 23, 2020


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Bud Conway, 89, of Edmonton on December 23.  He joins his wife Thérèse who predeceased him in May 2018.

Born Bohdun Kozakewich near Krydor SK, Bud was the third of four sons of Kataryna (Shyshka) and Atanas Kozakewich of North Battleford SK.  He married Thérèse (Terry) Parent in 1955 and together, they settled in Edmonton to resume their respective careers and start a family. Coming from Ukrainian and French communities, they promised to support each other’s cultural traditions; something they did throughout their lives with their children.  In 1959, to remove barriers to career advancement, Bud and Terry made the difficult decision to change their family surname from Kozakewich to Conway.

Bud has been described as a gentle, gracious and kind man. Together with Terry, they represented the best values in our community, devoting themselves to many projects and endeavours.  Not one to sit on the sidelines and watch, Bud supported arts, literacy and culture in the Ukrainian community and contributed his organizational abilities in both provincial and federal political arenas.

Bud built his career in the trust industry, culminating in the start-up and executive management of the Heritage Savings and Trust Company, one specifically oriented to serving Ukrainians in Western Canada.

After his retirement, Bud worked tirelessly to fulfill a promise he made to his father, that he help Ukraine if it ever obtained its independence.  He accomplished this through his involvement in a number of organizations dedicated to supporting and transitioning Ukraine to a market economy.

Bud is survived by two daughters, Diane and Christine (Greg Loose), five sons, Raymond (Claire), Trevor (Karen), Edward (Jennifer), Lawrence, and David (Deannine) as well as 15 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his three brothers, Walter, Fedir and Fred.

We wish to extend our gratitude to the staff of Capital Care Lynnwood for their tireless and compassionate delivery of patient-centred care during an extraordinarily difficult year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Capital Care Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.

A private Divine Liturgy will be held at St Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church and livestreamed at 11:00 a.m. on January 8, 2021, Bud and Terry’s 66th wedding anniversary. This will be followed by a private interment at Rosehill Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Family and friends who wish to join by virtual attendance may do so by viewing the livestream at 11:00 am at


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101



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Don & Millie Mighton

We remember Bud and Terry socially from 1954 in N Battleford at CYO youth group. By coincidence, we ended up living close by in Edmonton and in later years enjoyed lunches at Bonnie Doon together. We have many fond memories of them both and miss their friendship. Our condolences to the family.
Don and Millie Mighton

Harry and Mary Toporowski

We wish to convey condolences to the Conway children and families .We were saddened by Buds passing Bud and I date back to the 50s Bud was my best man in 1954 and friend to date . We worked together and socialized during the
heritage trust years where he managed the company and I was with the real estate department .We will miss Bud .
May he rest in peace .
Harry and Mary Toporowski .

Roger Parent

To the family,
Our prayers accompany you during this difficult time. Bud contributed greatly to my personal and family growth over the span of a lifetime. That Spirit lives on!
All our love,
Roger Parent and family in Quebec

Julian & Barbara Koziak

How do you say goodbye to a dear, long time friend? While we were sorry to learn of his passing, we are so grateful for the many happy times we shared over the years. Memories of Troyanda, Heritage Trust, our trip to Ukraine and the political campaigns where Bud played such a prominent role come to mind. Condolences and “Thank you” to all the children for sharing your dad with us. We loved him !!

Gisèle Labonté

Dear Conway Family,
To each one of you I offer my sincere condolences. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your Dad. I ask Jesus to bless each one of you.
Sr. Gisèle Labonté, fj

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