John F. “Bud” Conley Jr., a World War II Navy Veteran and long-time newspaperman, and husband of the late Margaret F. (Killcoyne) Conley, died August 4th. He was 91 years of age.
Mr. Conley was born in Lawrence MA, the son of the late John F. Conley and the late Mary C. Hayes Conley. He spent most of his life in Beverly, where he graduated from St. Mary’s elementary school, Briscoe Junior High School and Beverly High School in 1941. He graduated Kents Hill Preparatory School in Kents Hill, Maine and graduated the Maine Maritime Academy in 1943 with a commission as an ensign in the United States Navy Reserve.
He entered active Naval service and served aboard the USS Procyon (AKA-2) in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. He was ordered to the USS Torrence (AKA-76) in 1944 and the ship was assigned to duty in the Pacific where it was actively engaged in the war against Japan including the invasion of Okinawa. The ship was involved in many kamikaze attacks and awarded commendations for its part in the action.
After the war Mr. Conley went to work at the Beverly Evening Times as a reporter, sports editor and city editor. He later joined the staff at the Boston Record-American and worked for the Lynn Sunday Post. He joined the editorial staff of the Salem Evening News and worked at the Peabody District office until his retirement in 1985.
Mr. Conley was the Executive Director of the Beverly Redevelopment Authority and for 12 years was a member and Chairman of the City of Beverly Licensing Board. He was an active golfer and along with his wife was a member of the Wenham Country Club and the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club.
Mr. Conley was married for 67 years. He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey W. Conley and his wife Suzanne of Salem and Mark F. Conley and his wife Larae of Wood Village, Oregon; one daughter, Kathleen M. Halverson and her husband Michael of Lake Oswego, Oregon; a brother William Hayes Conley of Matthews, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Bryan Conley and his wife Shana of Chesapeake, Virginia; Robyn Cole and her husband Gary of Beverly and Caroline Conley of Seattle, Washington; and five great grandsons, Justin, Christopher and Nicholas Cole and Benjamin and Owen Conley.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, Wednesday, September 10, at 11 AM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no Visiting hours.Burial will be in North Beverly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Contributions in his memory may be made to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA. 01923. Arrangements are by the Campbell Funeral Home, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
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