John Conaty

Obituary of John Matthews Conaty

John Matthews (“Jay”) Conaty died on February 13, 2022, in Bluffton, SC in the company of his loving wife and son. He was 70.

Jay was born on July 24, 1951, in Bronxville, NY to his parents, Arnold and Jane Conaty. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1973 with a degree in History and was captain of the golf team. He married Nancy Lenihan in 1976. Jay enjoyed a successful career on Wall Street over several decades where he worked primarily in fixed income sales for Kidder, Peabody & Co. Jay and Nancy raised their son, Matt, in Rumson, NJ where Jay was also a member of the Borough Counsel. Following Jay’s retirement, he and Nancy moved to Hilton Head Island, SC in 2007.

Jay was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be remembered for his extraordinary wit and the endless laughter he brought to those around him.

Jay is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Holly of Lafayette, CA; his grandsons, Pierce and Patrick; and his sister, Brooke Farley of Old Greenwich, CT. He is preceded in death by his brother, Paul; and his parents, Arnold and Jane.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church in Hilton Head Island, SC on March 25 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the National Kidney Foundation.


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, March 25, 2022
St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church
45 Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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