William M. Conaway, Sr.

  • Born: December 27, 1945
  • Died: September 17, 2018
  • Location: Fort Washington, Maryland

Greene Funeral Home

814 Franklin Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Tribute & Message From The Family

William was born on December 27, 1945 and passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018.

William was a resident of Fort Washington, Maryland.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Conaway Family,,
Was recently informed by a former co-worker of Conaway's passing.
He was truly a nice a person with a great sense of humor. Everyone at work
called him Steel but I called him Captain. Every time he came into my presence I jokingly called him Captain and he would give me a salute. Enjoyed his sense of humor he will really be missed by all who knew him.

Deepest Sympathy,
Kim Owens (District Court Family)

Posted by Kim Owens - Annapolis - Coworker   September 28, 2018

Steel Bill as he was known, was a Proud member of the Federal Protective Service as a motor man. My heartfelt condolences to the family of the very powerful man/soldier/officer/Husband/Father/Grandfather who was always willing to help. May he rest in peace/will always be missed.

Posted by Reginald Thomas - Suitland, MD   September 28, 2018

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family at this difficult time. May knowing that God understands your grief provide you with a measure of comfort. 1Peter 5:6,7

Posted by CH    September 27, 2018

Cpl. Conaway Senior, in my mind, was a true angel on earth. I spent most of my career working with him in a more unique situation. As Director of the Mighty Sound of Maryland, I made the proverbial 911 call to him searching for solutions to protect my students from drunken-partisan fans at away games and bowl games. His solution, "You need the Motor Man."
From then on he traveled with the band, and very often on his motorcycle with a whole brigade of his fellow officers. I have clear visions of him motivating one driver to get out of our caravan. That silly driver pulled in between two of our five buses and would not leave that spot. Driving down Interstate 95, Cpl. lined up beside that vehicle and lifted his big boot off the stirrup of his motorcycle and kicked the back fender of that car. He then lifted his index finger and motioned the way for that car to get out! Immediately 55 students on my bus erupted with chants, "Motor Man!"
There were countless events where he would appear, and in his most gentle and personable way, he could diffuse any and all kinds of potential trouble. No matter the age, race or creed of the perpetrator he would handle it in the most professional and diplomatic way. What an example he was for everyone around.
Cpl. Conaway was revered by the students, not because of his uniform or intimidating presence, but because of his heart and soul. They knew what he stood for and thus trusted him as a mentor, and still called him a friend. Over those years Cpl. Conaway had touched thousands upon thousands of students who will never forget him. I count myself as one of his students, and I will never forget him.

Dr. L. Richmond Sparks

Posted by Richmond Sparks - Dacula, GA   September 26, 2018

Posted by Richmond Sparks - Dacula, GA   September 26, 2018

Steel thanks for having my back during the good times and bad times. Thanks for my nicknames "Chase" and my favorite "Leon." Tell Leo I said Hey! Rest In Peace Brother, we have it from here.

Posted by SHAWN ELLIOTT - COLLEGE PARK, MD - Coworker   September 24, 2018

I will never forget your positive words and great advice through out my 11 years in law enforcement. I only hope my career will be half as distinguished as yours Uncle Bill. I also will miss your unique since of humor and great smile. I love you Unc! Rest In Peace.

Posted by Dale Harrison - White Plains, MD - Family Friend   September 24, 2018

Prayers and Peace be unto your family Steel Bill.
I can still see you standing in your yard waxing your vet.
" you said never use soap on your car, it hurt the paint"
I remember Bill....
A wonderful shining STAR has been called home.
Continue to shine in heaven as you did on earth.

Posted by Sandra Jones - Lanham, MD - Friend   September 24, 2018

Prayers and condolences to the family. I have lost a cousin, friend and family oral historian. There was always lighthearted joking about how family members got their middle names and nicknames. Memories from being the kids in the family to becoming a part of the OG's. He will be missed.

Posted by Andrew Ryan - McDonough, GA - Family   September 24, 2018

For our beloved sis Kim, remember it's always darkest before its light. "Keep your head up". Your father's home going celebration has just begun. He wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Your Father will be the only one to enter Saint Peter's Gate on a Harley-Davidson.

To my brother "Bill" I say to you, for your Duty to this grateful nation of ours and your Committed service to our community". Thank you for your service and Job well done.

RIP "Steele". You will be missed!

The brothers: Rick, Brian and Darren (Family)

Posted by floyd mccallan - bowie, MD - Family Friend   September 23, 2018

To the family of Bill Conaway he will truly be missed he was a real friend and a true good neighbor. The children of Maplewood Park were like a big family, and he was one of the big brothers to us all. Much love from the Costen children formerly of 303 Ivey Street, also Doris and Vanessa Riddick.

Posted by Joandell Blake - GATES, NC - Family Friend   September 23, 2018

Cpl. Conaway was an important member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland, leading the way at every home game, and keeping us band members in line when we needed it! On that Harley, he was undoubtedly the coolest member, too. We are all saddened by his loss.

To honor his memory, the Alumni Band and the Mighty Sound of Maryland are arranging to dedicate this year's Homecoming Halftime to him.

Thanks for your years of service, Cpl. Conaway. Ride in peace.

Posted by M. Kassabian - College Park, MD   September 23, 2018

To the family of one of my childhood big brothers, sending condolences to you at this time. I have so many fond memories of Bill in the Maplewood Park community. He was like a giant, that exhibited a sense of humor, love and care for the younger children in the neighborhood. Whenever he came to visit, his presence was a bright light in my life. Peace be with you!

Posted by Daphne Waring-Sorrell - Portsmouth, VA - friend   September 22, 2018

Bill was a good friend and neighbor. He was always the constant where you knew what he stood for, and what he stood for. It was always Bill, Keith and Steve! He will be truly missed by the crew.

Posted by Stephen McClain - Fort Washington, MD - Family Friend   September 22, 2018

"While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him, he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." LUKE 15:20
Rest in Peace Bill for you are now in the hands of GOD.

Posted by ARTHUR PHILLIPS - PORTSMOUTH, VA - Friend   September 21, 2018

My Cousin Bill you will truly be missed even though we were not in contact as much throughout the years u will always be in my heart. You where the first real man in my life when I was young and I remember sneaking in the garage to see your police motorcycle u gave me some good beatings too thanks so much for being there rest in heaven.❤

Posted by Ron Brown - Portsmouth - family   September 21, 2018

To the family ,and to our motor family, we were Brothers in our jobs & soul brothers that we both love so much and so proud to be motor-officers. we were the 'old guys' during our thing many,many miles together LIGHTS AND SIREN all the way up my BROTHER THOSE PEARLY GATES will be open for you
rest in peace my Brother MOTOR OFFICER Conaway a.k.a STEEL
with much LOVE and RESPECT

Posted by CLARENCE DORM DORM - OCALA, FL - Coworker   September 21, 2018

Sometimes there are just no words...sending lots of caring & love Aunt Sarah & Toye lifting you & all our family up in prayer...praying, trusting in God to hold you ever so close I. This time of loss. Love you Marva & Ron, Lynn & Ike

Posted by Marva Sears Braggs - Spring Hill, FL - Family   September 21, 2018

Praying for a spirit of peace during the Conaway family's time of sorrow. Bill was one of my big brothers from the neighborhood who always kept the younger guys on the straight and narrow. He was one of the most fun loving guys that I knew and a true family man. I still visit mama Sarah every time I visit home. The Lord has called home a great man. May the Lord continue to heal all the family and friends that Bill has touched during his lifetime. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Daryll Crump - Orange Park, FL - Family Friend   September 21, 2018

I will miss my big brother, Steel Bill. He was one of my childhood heroes. He missed his calling as a comedian and was always the life of any family gathering. Rest In Peace, my brother. There will never be another quite like you.

Posted by Mosed Hardie, Jr - Canton, GA - Family   September 21, 2018

I will miss my big brother, Steel Bill. He was one of my childhood heroes. He missed his calling as a comedian and was always the life of any family gathering. Rest In Peace, my brother. There will never be another quite like you.

Posted by Mosed Hardie, Jr - Family   September 21, 2018

Rest In Peace Still Bill

Posted by Hayward Crenshaw - Springfield, MA - Friend   September 21, 2018

Heartfelt Sympathy to the Conaway Family. Bill was a childhood friend and was a genuine human being. Remember to "Hold On To God's Unchanging Hands".

Posted by Larry Riddick - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   September 20, 2018

My prayers are with his family. Bill was my neighbor growing up in Portsmouth. Maplewood Park area. We called him Bill Supreme. He loved to dance. When my brother and I would be home and if he was in town, he would stop by. He was a comedian always telling jokes and had us in tears laughing. I would tell him he needed to go on stage with his jokes. May he rest in peace. I will always have fond memories of Bill.

Posted by Angie Riddick - Chesterfield, VA - Neighbor   September 20, 2018

To the best Motor Man, motorcyle cop in the country. Nobody was cooler than Bill.

Posted by Mark Garnsey - Rockford, MI - Coworker   September 20, 2018

He was a good friend and neighbor to me, I pray for him and his family and God Bless.

Posted by Timothy Chaplin - Ft. Washington, MD - Family Friend   September 20, 2018

Man, he will be missed by many, I'm sure. Very funny guy, always looked out for you. Never forget answering the phone and hearing "This is your hero, The Steele". My condolences and prayers go out to his family. Rest In Heaven.

Posted by Dante Douglass - Suitland, MD - Friend   September 20, 2018

RIP he was a coworker with District court Mr. Conaway was a nice man that kept us all laughing we will miss him

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2018

To my family , there's a party going right now with a lot of singing and laughter so don't say goodbye say I'll see you when I get there keep the laughter going Rip Cuz

Posted by Frances ( Lil Ada) Stewart - Corapeake, NC - Family   September 20, 2018

Keeping the family in prayer,so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill

Posted by Lynn Byrd-Jones - Richmond, VA - Family   September 19, 2018

To my extended family. I'm so sorry and sad to hear of Bill's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. We loved him! g

Posted by Pell Seaton - Portsmouth, VA - Family   September 19, 2018

Rest, Cousin. Cousin Sara and family I'm praying for all of you.

Posted by Audrey Barnes- Lee - Sun Prairie, WI - Family   September 19, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of this great man. We called him "Steele" or "Motor Man", and he was one of the best bailiffs for Prince George's County District Court. He had my back on everything when we worked together. May his soul RIP

Posted by Tonya Muse - Laurel, MD - coworker   September 19, 2018

My prayers are with at this time.
I (we my family) will miss him.
Rest In Peace My Friend/ Brother.
Peace to Bill's family. Love you all.

Posted by Annetta Kelly - Miami, FL - Family Friend   September 19, 2018

"Steel Bill" :was one of the football coaches for my son at the Fort Washington, MD. area Community Recreation Assoc. team . Coach Conaway was one of the important adult leaders in the Fort Washington community who took the extra effort towards youth development and concern. He was not only a players' Coach but was also an admired adult friend ! Either on the football field or at the local grocery store his players would always seek out Coach Steel Bill. ( their coach and friend.)

He was an asset to the Fort Washington community !

Posted by James Banks - Mount Pleasant, TX - Friend   September 19, 2018

Bill was the smiling face, and authoritative figure, at so many Maryland games. Always pleasant and always helpful. When my wife was on crutches or cane, he was there to assure us easy parking and access at Cole. We joked about my absences due to job travel and how my wife came to games accompanied by others. In return, I brought him a small gift from Malaysia: a faux Rollex, big and bulky, it went fit Bill. My wife and I were pleased, nay honored, to be included in his retirement dinner.

Posted by Harvey Alter - Frederick, MD - Friend   September 19, 2018

Bill was an outstanding human being. No one ever had a bad thing to say about him. I worked with him for over years as Police Officers. He was incredibly professional and courteous to everyone. He will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend!

Posted by Eugene Clayton - Randallstown, MD - Friend   September 19, 2018

#RIP - to retired corporal William Bill Conaway aka Steel. Steel was a no non-sense College Park/P.G. County legend in his own right that made everyone feel a little bit safer whenever he was present. His genuine caring spirit is one of the many great things I'll always remember about him. I'll also remember his motorcycle skills in rush hour traffic. He was the only corporal I knew that could lead a police escort and team bus and get you from College Park to BWI in 30-35mins. top in the heart of rush hour. Sending prayers and condolences to the entire Conaway family.

Posted by Keith Booth - Baltimore, MD - Friend   September 19, 2018

#RIP - to retired corporal William Bill Conaway aka Steel. A UofMD/P.G. County legend in his own right. U knew u were a little bit safer whenever he was present. His no non-sense genuine caring spirit is one of the many great things I'll remember about him. I'll also never forget his motorcycle skills. He's was the only corporal that could literally lead an escort and get a team bus from College Park to BWI in the middle of rush hour traffic in 30-35mins top!! Sending prayers and condolences to the entire family.

Posted by Keith Booth - Baltimore, MD - Friend   September 19, 2018

Sending up prayers for Steel family

Posted by Norma Salmon - Baltimore, MD - Friend   September 19, 2018

I hope Corporal Conaway's family knows how much he meant to all of us as members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland. He was our real-life guardian angel whenever we suited up to represent the University of Maryland, and now he's doing the same job on an even bigger stage. Whenever I hear thunder, I'll assume God has somewhere to be and Corporal Conaway is on his motorcycle providing an escort.

Posted by Don Ayres - San Diego, CA - Friend   September 19, 2018

Cpl. Bill Conaway was an amazing person and I had the absolute privilege to work with him for over 10 yrs. He was my Corporal, co-worker and his supervisor during the 10 years but more importantly he was a friend. My children referred to him as Uncle Bill and always thought the world of him. Over the 10 years, he taught me how to be a better leader but more importantly a better person. Bill, thank you and RIP my friend.

Posted by Gary Stone - Albuquerque, NM - Friend   September 18, 2018

Gone too fast, I miss seeing you, We spent days, weekend and nights working together, not to mention overtime and holidays. We were not only united as coworkers, but also as Viet- Nam Vets. We spent a lot of time together off duty also. We always had something to talk about and laugh about. YOU ARE THE MOTOR MAN. Thanks for always being there for me.

Posted by George Oden - VA - Coworker   September 18, 2018

Prayers for all of you! May his soul RIP

Posted by Marquita Blunt - Lincoln, NE - Coworker   September 18, 2018

The world feels just a little bit emptier without you Bill. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your service to your community and your country. If I get in, I'll see you in heaven.

Posted by Robert Mueck - Annapolis, MD - Coworker   September 18, 2018

Corporal Conway was one of the best people to know. He was always there for the band and all of us will miss him. Rest in Paradise.

Posted by Michelle Breedy - Student   September 18, 2018

Worked with Bill for over 29 years, never a dull moment or story. He was so loved and respected that when he retired fellow officers, Gary Williams and the Fridge raised money to buy his Police Harley. Rest my friend in enteral happiness. You deserve to be with the Lord and God!

Posted by Jeff Killion - Olney, MD - Coworker   September 18, 2018

During our journey in life, certain individuals influence and shape us in mysterious ways. The best happen because that's just the individual's character. Corporal was prime example of this. The lessons demonstrated by Corporal especially the positive spirit and interaction with all during time of service lives on with everything I do especially within all coaching and overseeing football operations. His spirit and character will live on through many generations to come ... and that's his legacy. Thanks Motorman!

Posted by Joe Lembo - Prince Frederick, MD - Friend   September 18, 2018