For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
CONWAY, Jeremy Donald (Jerry) - In loving memory of Jeremy Donald Conway. Jerry departed this earth for his next adventure on May 11, 2019, and his family and friends all wish him fair winds and calm seas. Jerry was born in Midhurst, England on November 21, 1943. He spent a few years as a young boy in South Africa before returning to England and emigrating with his family to Ottawa, Ont., in 1956. Jerry was always drawn to the sea. As soon as he graduated high school in 1962 he left for Halifax to join the Canadian Armed Forces where he proudly served at sea for 12 years, the last six in submarines. After four years with the Halifax City Police, Jerry returned to sea in 1977 as an Offshore Surveillance Officer for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). He held a number of positions including heading up DFO'S Scotia-Fundy Investigation Unit and the management of marine mammals. Jerry worked on the development of recovery strategies for endangered species and management plans for whales, seals, and harbour porpoise. He was instrumental in Canada implementing measures to protect various marine mammal species including the designation of conservation areas for North Atlantic Right whales and Northern Bottlenose whales. Jerry made a real difference during his government career and facilitated extraordinary progress on conservation research for right whales, marine mammal stranding response and whale disentanglement. Following his retirement in May 2008, Jerry moved to Campobello Island, N.B., where he devoted his time to boating, travelling, and volunteering for the Campobello Whale Rescue Team which he had helped establish with local fishermen in 2001. Along with his extended family and many friends, Jerry leaves behind his life partner, Moira Brown; daughter, Heather Boutilier (Scott); grandchildren, Meghan, Nealah and Seth; and brothers, William Conway (Carla) and Peter Little (Arlene). He was predeceased by parents, Nancy (Perrin) Little and Donald Conway; sister, Deborah; brother, Stephen Little; and daughter, Laura. Jerry loved dancing, boating, travelling, and storytelling; he was a talented cartoonist. A thoughtful, vital, and fun-loving man; Jerry is deeply missed. Arrangements were entrusted to Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks St., St. Stephen, NB E3L 2B2 (506-466-3110). (The Halifax Chronicle-Herald 21 Nov 2020)
CONWAY, Jeremy D. (Jerry) - Jerry joined the Canadian Whale Institute as an advisor in 2008 upon his retirement from the Canadian Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) where he worked as the Maritimes Region Marine Mammal Advisor. During the thirty plus years that Jerry was with the DFO he held a number of positions including DFO's management of marine mammals such as the development of recovery strategies for endangered species, and management plans for whales, seals, and harbour porpoise. Jerry co-chaired the Canadian North Atlantic Right Whale Implementation Team and was a co-author of the North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Strategy. He was instrumental in Canada implementing measures to protect various species of marine mammals including the designation of conservation areas for North Atlantic Right whales and Northern Bottlenose whales. One of the serious impacts on whale survival is entanglement in commercial fishing gear. As an advisor for CWI, Jerry works to address the whale entanglement issue with the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, the Marine Animal Response Society and DFO. Prior to joining the DFO Jerry his attraction and interest for marine mammals and the sea came from his dozen years serving in the Royal Canadian Navy on ships and in submarines. Jeremy passed away in Campobello Island, N.B.
Jerry was cremated and ashes spread in the Bay of Fundy.
Ships served in:
HMCS OKANAGAN - Commissioning crew. Served in Okanagan 1970-1972 as a LS