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 https://distantlink.com/SerenityES.html.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101