On the early morning of February 17, 2011 Donald Keith Conway of Eckville, Alberta passed away at the age of 70 surrounded by his family. He will always be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his wife Victoria Mary of 47 years and their four children Kim Colleen (Brian) Geis of Barrhead, Trevor Keith Conway of Markerville, Lyle Theadore (Michelle) Conway of Eckville, Jannette Rae Conway and special friend Fritz Wilson of Eckville, also by his six grandchildren; Jenna Christine and Robert Donald Geis, Joel Theadore, Abigail Victoria, Amber Kim, and Gabrielle Donald Roland Conway. Don is also survived by his sister Barbara Campbell of Beaumont; and one uncle, one aunt many nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-laws and many friends and neighbors.
Don was born in Viking to Viola (Nelson) and Keith Conway. He grew up and attended school in Veteran and Consort, spending lots of time on the Conway family farm, then graduated from Consort High School. Dad achieved a Honor diploma in Radio and Electronic Technology at S.A.I.T and worked as the Accounting Machine Field Repair Manager for Bourrghs Business Machines - the 2nd largest in the world, eventually absorbed by IBM. Dad then continued his education, receiving a diploma in Instrumentation at Taylor Instruments in Rochester New York, a course on Gas Plant Operating thru Petroleum Industry Training, Gas Plant Operator Diploma at P.I.T.T.S in Edmonton and Class Four Engineer Steam Ticket at N.A.I.T and his Journeymanship in Instrumentation. He used his expertise to land very good jobs, employed by the Oil/Gas Industry in plant and field maintenance, operating, instrumentation for Hudson Bay, Dome Petroleum in Caroline, Garrington, Sylvan Lake, Libya and Zama Pine. He started working in this industry in 1964, and developed his own company in 1978. He also completed a number of agriculture courses at Olds College in combining, cereals and crops, animal health and nutrition and many safety certificates.
Around 1967 Dad expanded their workload by purchasing some commercial cattle. This developed into one of his loves in life - Purebred Red Angus cattle and was instrumental in bringing some of the first Red Angus cattle to Canada. He held positions and was active on the Red Angus Promotional Society, Alberta Angus Association and the Canadian Angus Association. He helped develop a Bull Test and Sale in Strathmore called the Canadian Reds which was successful for many years.
Dad took his family on many wonderful holidays, his love in life was his grandkids, his own children, fishing, sail ships, history, antiques, tractor and aircraft museums, orchids, reading, wildlife and curling. Dad was a tall, strong, gentleman full of heart and compassion that could do or fix anything. Most importantly he taught us the important things in life, honesty, respect, integrity, the value of a friend, love and kindness and to always have pride in what you do. He helped us with all our journeys in life and how to stand on our own two feet, but if we stumbled he was there to catch us.
We will dearly miss him, his hugs, holding his hand and the feeling of strength he possessed. He was taken from us too early in life. We are proud to call you our dad.