Brendan M. Conway, 34

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PORTLAND — Brendan M. Conway, died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed heart condition, while playing a game of basketball on Nov. 7.

He was born in Portland, March 1, 1979. 

He graduated from Bates College in 2001 with a degree in psychology. In 2004, he received his master’s from the University of Southern Maine. He had a large, generous heart. He was honest and loyal, with a keen concern that people be treated fairly, and all of this leavened with a great sense of humor and a smile. As a son, he brought enormous joy to his family, and was an extraordinary older brother. His friendships were many and substantial.

He cared deeply about family and friends. This open-heartedness extended to young people with whom he loved dealing in many contexts. He worked as a family counselor with Opportunity Alliance and founded a summer camp for low-income families in Portland. He loved coaching, an activity that was always much more than game plans, but rather a way for him to participate in a student’s growth.

He is survived by his parents, Nazare and Jeremiah Conway; a brother, Patrick, and wife, Josepha; girlfriend Lauren Reid; aunt Trudy Conway, and uncle Huschang Banan; cousins, Sedira and Daniel; and an aunt and five cousins in Portugal.

A wake was held Nov. 11 at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, Portland. His memorial will be held Nov. 12 at Deering High School Gymnasium. Burial followed the ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.

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