CONWAY, Bernard Joseph
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.”