CON­WAY, Bernard Joseph

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

The funeral mass for Bernie Con­way was cel­e­brated Friday, May 25, 2018 from Hills­boro Funeral Home to St. Pius X Church, Char­lot­te­town, with cel­e­brant Fr. Phil Cal­laghan pro­claim­ing the gospel and de­liv­er­ing the homily. Co-cel­e­brants were Fa­ther John Lacey and Fa­ther Ed­die Cormier. The Pall was placed by sis­ter Mau­reen Gil­lis. The first read­ing was pro­claimed by Sarah Ab­bott; sec­ond read­ing by nephew - Nathan Con­way and Prayers of In­ter­ces­sion by Joe Byrne. Mu­sic was pro­vided by St. Pius X Parish Choir ac­com­pa­nied by Choir Di­rec­tor - Eileen Flana­gan and Or­gan­ist - Karen Power. The pro­ces­sional hymn was “Here I Am Lord”, psalm - “Rest In God Alone”, of­fer­tory - “The Sum­mons”, com­mu­nion - “Morn­ing Has Bro­ken” and the re­ces­sional hymn was “Be Not Afraid”. The cross bearer was - Par­nell Trainor, in­cense bearer -Joe Mar­tel, al­tar servers- Low­ell Cro­ken and Don Gaudet and usher - Joe McCarthy. The Pall­bear­ers were Nathan Con­way, Joey Mullen, Eric Gil­lis, Anto Ab­bott, Ty­rone Buc­cione and Jim Trainor. In at­ten­dance were mem­bers of the Is­land Peace Com­mit­tee and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ca­reer Bridges. Re­cep­tion fol­lowed the funeral mass in the MacKen­zie Room at St. Pius X Church. In­ter­ment fol­lowed later at St. Alexis Ceme­tery, Rollo Bay with Fr. Phil Cal­laghan de­liv­er­ing the grave­side prayers. Com­ple­tion of funeral ar­range­ments were en­trusted to Hills­boro Funeral Home.

He was on the FBI’s most wanted list for rob­bing banks and of­ten on Canada’s best seller lists for his lit­er­a­ture.

Stephen Reid, the bank rob­ber-au­thor, has died af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal on Haida Gwaii on Bri­tish Columbia’s north coast. He was 68 years old.

His wife, poet Su­san Reid Mus­grave, said in a state­ment that Reid died Tuesday in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a lung in­fec­tion and heart fail­ure.

“It is with deep grief that I write with the news that Stephen Reid died on Tuesday June 12, 2018, at ap­prox­i­mately 1:30 p.m., in the Mas­set, B.C., hos­pi­tal on Haida Gwaii. Cause of death: pul­monary edema, and third-de­gree heart block.”

Her state­ment said when Reid was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal seven killer whales came into the com­mu­nity in­let, which the lo­cal Haida First Na­tions be­lieve is a sign that some­one is go­ing to die.

Reid’s Cana­dian pub­lish­ing house,This­tle­down Press, said the au­thor held a large au­di­ence of read­ers who un­der­stood he knew about prison life af­ter hav­ing served time in more than 20 Amer­i­can and Cana­dian pris­ons over 40 years.

“What those who love no­to­ri­ety some­time for­get is that Stephen Reid grew old in pris­ons and saw more than his share of their soli­tude, their vi­cious cy­cles, and their sub­cul­ture re­la­tion­ships,” said the state­ment.

“He par­tic­i­pated in the eco­nomics of con­tra­band, the in­cred­i­ble es­capes, the in­ti­ma­cies of their tor­ture. He un­der­stood the mis­car­riages of jus­tice and wit­nessed the in­no­cent souls whose child­hood des­tinies doomed them to prison life. He met those peo­ple. He cared for them.”

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