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George A. "Bud" Downer

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“To the Downer family,We are very saddened to hear about George's passing. George meant a lot to my father and I am sure he is showing George around...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Adam Pineault - NSB, FL - friend

“Buddy was a friend of my late brother, Don, and I met him when I was about 15. He seemed like a fun guy and I enjoyed knowing him, although only for...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Steve Marini

“for all of you who loved Bud, my deepest condolences; roberta and I loved him also and will miss him alwaysbill union ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: bill union - worcester, MA

“Brett & Ellen I am sorry for your loss.My sympathy to you and your family. ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: Doug Brown

“So, so sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Please accept our sincerest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Ed and Cheryll Getman - waltham, MA

“Dear Ellen And Brett,I was so sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Len always spoke highly of him. Before Len passed away, Bud came to see him and they...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Regina Eliot-Ramsey - Newton, MA

“My deepest sympathy to all of Buddy's loved ones. We have been friends since High School class of 1955. A wonderful friend and its hard to know just...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Patricia "Pat" Rotatori - Nokomis, FL

“GREAT GUY, GREAT SMILE, GREAT FRIEND!1 MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ALL THE DOWNER FAMILY AT YOUR LOSS. AM HONORED TO HAVE HAD BUD AS A FRIEND. HE...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: CHRIS ENGEL - ROCHESTER, MA

“Dear Brett and Ellen and full family,I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Bud. he just lightened up an auction showroom with his big smile and...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: marilee meyer - cambridge, MA

“Keith and family,Condolences on the loss of your father. I am sure his spirit lives on in his children. Blessings upon you.Chris Sinacola ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm very sorry for you loss. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Scott McCulloch - Hingham, MA

“Dear Brett,Scott,Keith and family ,A light has gone out in out antiques community.I can not remember a time when he didnt rush forward to greet you...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Donna Terzian - Bradenton, FL

“Aunt Carol, It is with great sadness to hear of Uncle Buddy's passing. I will always remember our many wonderful times we spent in the Keys at...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Jennifer Dennen - Islamorada, FL

“Dear Brett, Keith and family,We knew your Dad as a very special soul, always sincere and warm, a pleasure to be with. May you find peace and serenity...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: David Hillier - Townsend, MA

“Carol,I am truly sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Jen and I clearly remember all of the fun times that we had with you and Bud. Jen and I know first...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Jim and Jen Dennen - Islamorada, FL

“Dad,I love you, and I will miss you. Thank you for always looking out for us kids, the grand kids, and the great grand kids. You were always there to...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Coenen - MA - Family

“A Great Father,Grandfather,and the best Stepfather that ever set foot on this earth...I was in my mid teens when you came into my life as my new...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Jeff DeForest - POMPANO BEACH, FL

“Carol, I am so saddened by the news of Bud's passing. My prayer are with you and the family at this difficult time. Was glad to have visited with you...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Tommy Stoddard - Lincoln, NE

“So sorry for your loss..may God comfort you and yours at this time and may Bud RIP with our Lord .. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Suzanne Carey - North Smithfield, RI

“Keith and family: My sincere condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Todd Jarvis

“So very sorry for your loss auntie Carol ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Angela Goulette - Family

“I am so thankful for having a Dad like you! I hope I can be half the man you were. Some day we will be together again. Love you, Keith ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Keith Downer - Sutton, MA - Son


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George A. Downer, 79, longtime Needham resident, known to friends and family as "Bud," passed away peacefully on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Bud was the beloved husband of Carol A. Downer. He was the proud father of Scott, Brett (Ellen), Lisa (Gary), and Keith (Tammy), and stepfather to Randy DeForest (Ann), Jeff DeForest, and Pamela Lee. He is survived by his two sisters, Barbara and Linda. Bud was adored and loved by his 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
As a young father "Bud" served in the Air National Guard while establishing his career. He began as a welder at the Quincy Shipyard and later worked as a line manager at BTU Engineering. After a long career at BTU, Bud decided to pursue his passion as an art and antiques dealer.
A season ticket holder since 1961, Bud was a die-hard Patriots fan. His many other interests included hot rods, poker, and golf.
The family is blessed to have been able to spend Bud's last days with him. They shared many stories, laughter, tears, and love. Bud was known for his ability to form instant and enduring friendships. He forged deep bonds with each of his grandchildren, instilling invaluable life lessons. In addition to his family, he touched the lives of many people, which was reflected in the outpouring of love he received in his final days at the hospital.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave Needham, on Wednesday August 9th from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Joseph Church, 1362 Highland Ave Needham on Thursday at 10 AM. Interment will follow at Needham Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George's name may be made to the Jimmy Fund, in memo of check: "George Downer Giving Page" c/o Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund, Attn: Natanya Stryhas,10 Brookline Place, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. http://www.myjimmyfundpage.org/give/georgedowner