Conway, Paul J.

Paul Conway, 84, of Shrewsbury, retired District Chief in the Worcester Fire Department, died of a short illness Thursday, October 15 at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred R. (Belair) Curtis Conway; his children, Bonnie Willand of North Providence, Rhode Island and Bob Curtis and his wife DeeDee of Trabuco Canyon, California; his brother James Conway and his wife Arline of Auburn, Massachusetts; three nephews James, Steven and Kevin Conway; five grandchildren Amy, Beckie, Heather, Jennie and Dana: eight great grandchildren; and many other family members.

Paul was born in Worcester, son James and Sadie (Hackett) Conway and lived in the Worcester area all of his life. He served his nation proudly in World War II as a paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Division in Europe, seeing action at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He retired from the Worcester Fire Department as District Chief, having served 30 years as a firefighter.

After retirement he pursued many hobbies, including collecting old Worcester memorabilia, traveling and playing the piano.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family on Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main Street Shrewsbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Joan of Arc Church on Lincoln Street in Worcester at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 19. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Boylston Street, Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the American Stroke Association, division of the American Heart Association, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions or to leave a message of sympathy for the family, please visit

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from 10/16/2009 - 10/18/2009