Deacon James E. Conley


PROVIDENCE — Deacon James E. Conley, 75, died Sunday, March 22 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Providence, a son of the late Robert J. and Hazel (Murphy) Conley. He was the beloved husband of Marylou (Gagnon) Conley. Before his retirement, he was the Purchasing Manager for Alberox, Division of Morgan.

Jim began a prayer group, House of Judah and held leadership until he was ordained in 1979. He was a full time Deacon at St. Mary of the Bay, and then was assigned to St. Elizabeth’s Church. He also worked for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults all for over 30 years before retiring in 2012. He served in the RI National Guard.

Besides his wife, he leaves his children, James E. Conley Jr.; Henry C. and Debra Conley all of Warren; Bryan T. and Claudia Conley of Bristol and Michaela and Steven Balasco of Warren. He leaves a brother, David M. Conley of Georgia and a sister, Sr. Nancy Conley RSM of East Providence. Loving grandfather of Brittany Conley; Ian & Jennifer Conley; Robert J. Larisa III and his wife Amanda; Craig Larisa PFC; Christian Balasco; Julia Balasco; Jake M. Conley, Taylor E. Conley, Zachary L. Conley and David S. Conley. Great-grandfather of Hailee Corriveau, Aiden Larisa, Ava Larisa, and Jayden Larisa. He was predeceased by his siblings, Robert J., John T. and Joyce M. Conley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, March 26 at St. Mary of the Bay Church, with burial in St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery.