For Immediate Release: 10/26/2015

"We were saddened to learn of the passing of board member E. Virgil Conway last week.

Virgil dedicated more than half his life to private and public finance, and his passion for improving the lives of others contributed immeasurably to the City of New York and the Empire State.

His vision and enthusiasm lead the MTA into the 21st century, and his guidance and generosity strengthened the many organizations he supported. Virgil had an extraordinary impact on the lives of many New Yorkers, and since December 2006 brought his incredible breadth of knowledge to the Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation board.

Virgil Conway held a special place in the community, the likes of which will remain unmatched for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elaine, his children Sara, Allison, William and John, and his grandchildren during this difficult time."

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The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning 524 miles, the waterways link the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, Niagara River and Lake Erie with communities rich in history and culture. For more information about the New York State Canal System, vacation opportunities and events call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit

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Shane Mahar
Office of Media Relations and Communications
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