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Dedicated to helping others, Northport resident Lisa Conway dies in tragic accident

People by: Chrissy Ruggeri and Joanne Kountourakis, May 22, 2023

Lisa Conway was recently honored as one of District 12’s Women of Distinction by Assemblyman Keith Brown. The mother of five died tragically in an accident last week. Image via Facebook.

Updated Thursday, May 25, 8:45am: A GoFundMe organized by a family friend has been established to help the Conway family in the aftermath of Lisa's death.

A tragic accident on Fort Salonga Road claimed the life of Northport resident Lisa Conway last week. She was just 54 years old.

Conway was walking in the Northport Village business district when she was fatally struck by a vehicle backing out of a business parking space on Fort Salonga Road this past Thursday, May 18, at approximately 3:35pm. The vehicle involved was a 2021 Toyota Tundra operated by a 33-year-old East Northport man who remained on scene.

The Northport Police Department conducted an investigation with the assistance of the Suffolk County Police Department and determined there to be no criminality involved. The driver was issued a citation for backing unsafely.

Aidan Conway, Lisa’s husband, asked the Northport Police Department to convey to all that “Lisa was one of the nicest people to have ever walked this earth,” according to the department’s press release.

Mother to five children, Conway was also a beloved community member who, in the last three years, spent countless hours distributing food, clothing and other goods to residents in need through the Community Exchange of Northport, formerly the Northport Sharing Table, which she ran out of her driveway on Sandy Hollow Road. A tent set up on her property held nonperishable food, hygiene products and cleaning supplies, clothes, shoes, sporting goods and children’s toys for anyone in need, no questions asked. Conway could often be seen onsite, accepting and organizing donations, despite a schedule that kept her very busy outside of the nonprofit organization.

Conway was honored as one of District 12’s Women of Distinction 2022 by Assemblyman Keith Brown. She was nominated in the Humanitarian, Volunteer and Community, and Civic Affairs categories.

In 2021, the Northport Journal reported on Conway as an “ordinary hero” for her work during the pandemic. Lani Ruotolo, a dedicated volunteer at the Community Exchange, shared with the Journal her sorrow after Conway’s sudden passing: “She truly was one of the best people that I've ever been blessed to meet and call a friend. Her entire life was dedicated to helping others, no matter what she was dealing with personally,” Ruotolo said. “We will find a way to continue the exchange at some point, once we all heal. It's what she would have wanted.”

Visitation for Lisa Harmon Conway is scheduled for today and tomorrow, May 22 and 23, at M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station. A mass will take place Wednesday morning at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs R. C. Church in Centerport.