Monday, January 03, 2005

Today is a sad day, as one of the greatest and coolest teachers around has passed away. Joe Conley was beloved at Upper Arlington, as well as the Irish community. Mr. Conley was in charge of media studies at UA and our television show "UA Alive" (which I had the pleasure of being the host), and was resident champion of the yearly staff hot dog eating contest. He made in impact on all that knew him and I know inspired many to follow their dreams. Davey is just one that can thank Mr. Conley for helping to push him towards a career at ABC. Mr. Conley will unquestionably be missed by all (Update: I have been told that although diagnosed with cancer last summer, Mr. Conley worked right up until Christmas break. This is true to form of this caring man).

Joseph John Conley, age 59, of Clintonville died Saturday, January 1, 2005 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He was a graduate of Harvey High School in Painesville, OH (Class of 1964), and The Ohio State University. He had been a teacher at Upper Arlington High School for over 25 years, where he taught Mass Media and Television Production. He was a member and Past-President of the Shamrock Club of Columbus and the Upper Arlington Teachers' Association. Joe was also a member of Charity Newsies and the Harvey High School Red Raiders Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Laura Conley; stepsons, Jake and Brett Vivyan; sister, Marcia Smith; brother, Thomas (Camille) Conley; nieces and nephews, Eileen and Michael (Elaine) Smith, Katie Johnston, Kevin (Holly) Smith, Megan (Andy) Lawson, Tim, Molly, Beth, Joseph (Kathleen) Conley; great nieces and nephew, Chelsea and Michaela Smith, Liam and Margaret Johnston, and Bridget Lawson. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2005 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at the Shamrock Club, 60 W. Castle Road. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to Charity Newsies, 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43214 or the Shamrock Club, 60 W. Castle Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207 in his memory.

[Update: In honor of the late, great J.C. Momo has agreed to partake in some Crif Dogs and "Anchorman" with me. It shall be a most fitting tribute indeed!]


Blogger Clay said...

Joe C- The original Big Poppa. RIP big guy.

January 3, 2005 at 1:12 PM  

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