Brett Patrick Conway
Brett Patrick Conway
  • November 22, 1969 - June 18, 2017
  • Chicago, Illinois

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Brett Patrick Conway, age 47, passed away at his home in Chicago on Saturday, June 18. He was born November 22, 1969 in Madison, WI to Stephen (Pat) Conway and Alma (Bonack) Conway. He was a 1988 graduate of Three Lakes High School, Three Lakes, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison as an undergrad and went on to medical school at the same university. He graduated with an MD in 1997. He spent a year of residency in General Surgery at Loyola University Hospital followed by a 3 year residency in Anesthesia at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. He became an Attending Physician in the Anesthesiology Department at Northwestern Memorial. During college he met Kelly Washburn and they were married September 6, 2003. Together they had three sons and lived in Chicago. Brett was also an integral part of Conway Theatres, a family business with movie theatres in Woodruff and Eagle River, WI.

Brett's most important thing in his life was his family. Together they spent many hours on their sailboat on Lake Michigan. He was also a baseball coach with WPPA, community baseball, in Chicago for 5+ years, coaching his boys' teams. Fondly known as Coach Brett, his fellow coaches expressed his passion for baseball and for teaching young players integrity, sportsmanship and hard work.

He always kept his love of the Northwoods, especially Three Lakes, in his heart and would travel north in all seasons to enjoy the beauty and peace he found here on the lakes and in the woods. In the fall he pursued his passion for duck hunting.
Brett is survived by his wife Kelly, his sons Jack (11), Ryan (9) and Luke (3), his parents Alma and Steve (Pat) Conway, his brother Chad and his inlaws, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday June 23 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St Benedicts Catholic Church, 2215 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL on Saturday June 24 at 10:00 AM.
Internment will be in the Three Lakes Cemetery, Three Lakes WI following a service led by Father Allam on Monday June 26 at 11:00 AM at the cemetery.

The family has established a fund for the education of the boys. You can learn more at

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Educational Fund for the Children of Brett Conway would be greatly appreciated. Go to: