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DOWNEY, Jack

April 15, 1934 – January 17, 2014

Jack Charles Downey CD, beloved husband of the late Ethel (Eve) Downey passed away at home on January 17, 2014.

Jack was born April 15, 1934 in London, Ontario. After 25 years of military service across Canada and in Germany, Jack worked at the Solicitor General Correctional Services before retiring at age 65. During his retirement he enjoyed being an idea generator on various projects, including collecting and shipping medical aid and education material to war torn countries. His visits to Cambodia included rehabilitation hospitals for mine victims, and schools for children in remote areas. Jack spent his last 10 years at Wentworth Manor where he wrote articles about Canadian culture which were published, and enjoyed editing material for others.

Jack is survived by his sons Brock Downey and Brant Downey, and grandson Grant Higginson who all live in Calgary.

A Celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the Carriage House Inn (9030 MacLeod Trail South) on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Wentworth Manor for their excellent care and friendship. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jack Downey, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Shelley Nielsen and David Cathcart :

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  2. Joanne Ledger :

    Jack was a genuine person who devoted a great deal of his life to helping others. He was a good friend to my Dad, Art Ledger, who served with him in Germany and at other military postings. Dad often spoke fondly of Jack and especially of their trip to France together with Harry Graham on the 25th anniversary of D Day, forever memorialized in Jack’s Galloping Geezer article, which I hold forever in my heart: http://www.canadianculture.com/geezer/jack17.html

    My deepest sympathies.

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  3. Joanne Ledger :

    I just realized I inserted the wrong link to Jack’s 25th anniversary of D Day article. Here is the correct link: http://www.canadianculture.com/geezer/jack17.html.

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  4. Sarabeth Carnat :

    Deepest condolence to Brock & Brant on the loss of your father.
    Jack was a good friend of the Carnats & appreciated all the members of our family. He was a great citizen of this country & enjoyed the privileges we receive never taking them for granted. Jack was generous with both his time & money. His passing is a loss to the entire community.

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  5. Ian and Donna Sandy :

    Very sorry to hear of your loss – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  6. Our sincere condolences to the family of our good friend Brock on the passing of his father. Our thoughts are with you. Dave and Debbie

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  7. My heart felt condolences to you Brock. I never had the priviledge of knowing your dad but as I read about him I realized I missed out. I will continue to pray for you and your family as you continue your grief journey. Greg

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  8. Michael Birnbaum :

    My condolences to Brock and Brant Downey and families.

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  9. Karen Brinklow Riddell :

    Brock, my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. May all the great memories of your Dad bring a smile to your face often and know that he is with you always. Hugs, Karen

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  10. Catherine Arcand :

    Brock, I would like to offer my sincere condoleances to you and your family for the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you. Catherine

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  11. Peter and Toni Allan :

    Brock, Brant and Grant – we are very sad to hear that your father and grandfather has passed away. We have many fond memories of Jack (and of Eve) and will always remember them as good friends. Please accept our most sincere condolences. Peter and Toni Allan

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  12. Peter and Toni Allan :

    Brock, Brant and Grant – we are very sad to hear that your father and grandfather have passed away. We have many fond memories of Jack (and of Eve) and will always remember them as good friends. Please accept our most sincere condolences. Peter and Toni Allan

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  13. Roy & Inez Jardine :

    So Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Jack and I served together in the Strathcona’s in the 1950’s. He was a great soldier and I will always remember the good times we had back in the day. Inez joins me in offering our sincere condolences to the Downey family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  14. Beth Higginson, Andy Gaspar; Sarah and Laura Collins :

    Brock and Grant – sorry to hear of your father and grandfather passing away. Our sympathies go out to you both and Brock’s brother.

    Regards

    Beth Higginson

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