E. Paul Downey, Sr.

Born: Sat., Mar. 18, 1933
Died: Sat., Jun. 16, 2018


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 21, 2018
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 21, 2018
Location: G. J. Gonce Funeral Home, P.A.

Memorial Service

7:30 PM Thu., Jun. 21, 2018
Location: G. J. Gonce Funeral Home, P.A.

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Esteral Paul Downey, age 85, a resident of Pasadena for 60 years, passed away on June 16, 2018 at his home after fighting liver cancer for more than a year.

He was born on March 19, 1933, in Covington, Virginia, to the late Etta and Fred Downey, Sr. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving for 33 months in the Korean War. After the service, he worked for the Davidson Chemical Company for 44 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Marine Corps Color Guard, and Kinder Farm Park, where he liked to volunteer much of his time. As a carpenter he enjoyed building furniture and homes, and he always loved spending time with his family and friends.

Along with his parents, Paul is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years: Bertha Downey; and his brother Fred Downey, Jr.

He is survived by his loving daughter Kim Eichelman and her husband Ed; his two devoted sons: E. Paul Downey, Jr. and his wife Christine, and Rory Downey, Sr. and his wife Beth, of Mississippi; his two brothers Garland and Lonnie Downey; his sister-in-law Audrey Werner; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Family requests friends visit the Gregory J. Gonce Funeral Home, 169 Riviera Drive, Pasadena, on Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM. His memorial service will begin at 7:30 PM, during the evening visitation. His burial on Friday, with military honors, will take place at 1:45 in Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery, Crownsville. Those who wish may contribute to the 4-H, Kinder Farm Park PO Box 124, Crownsville, MD 21032, or to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Hwy, Pasadena, MD 21122.  Feel free to express your condolences below as well.

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Michelle and Paul Archibald
   Posted Tue June 19, 2018
Wishing you all peace at this difficult time and we hope that the good memories will help you to heal.

Jet Thursby
   Posted Tue June 19, 2018
Paul has been our neighbor for 38 years. He was a great neighbor, always waving when we saw each other, as well as having many conversations over the years. He even saved his scrap wood to give us to use for kindling in our wood burning stove.
I know he was very proud of his Marine Corp service and had the USMC flag flying in his yard for as long as I can remember. At the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company, our Honor Guard has presented a "Salute to our Veterans" dinner and ceremony for the last four years. Paul was very proud to attend, as well as his brothers and his Marine Corp buddies. We were very honored to salute them for their service.
We will miss you! Semper Fi, and rest in eternal peace Paul.

Ellen and Jet Thursby

Kim Eichelman
   Posted Tue June 19, 2018
Good-bye dad....the last 10 weeks were the best time taking care of you and reconnecting and the hardest time letting you go. You are now with mom your brown eyed girl....rest in peace......Kim

Mr. & Mrs. Lonnie Downey Sr.
   Posted Tue June 19, 2018
Paul, you will be missed. Go and be with your wife and rest is peace.

Michele Rose
   Posted Wed June 20, 2018
My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Paul. I have known him for many years through my association with the Friends of Kinder Farm Park. He was a kind, gentle man who always expressed his love for his family and his military service. Was always there to help and even provided guard for us when we dedicated our new flagpole. It was quite impressive to see him in uniform! He completed innumerable projects for the park with great craftsmanship and pride. His death has left a large hole in the hearts of many there. No one can fill those shoes! Our loss is Heaven's gain!

Wayne & Sue Mackenzie
   Posted Wed June 20, 2018
We have been blessed to have had Paul as our neighbor for 34 years.
We certainly will miss his kind heart, smile and seeing how Proud he was dressed in his Marine attire attending parades and other color guard functions.
You will be truly missed....... Rest in Peace our friend.
Semper Fi

Wayne & Sue

Laura Sherman and Family
   Posted Wed June 20, 2018
With our sincere condolences to the entire family of dear Paul, we wish you all peace and comfort. Our hearts go out to you all and we pray for your tranquillity. Paul is one of a kind who was always honored by his beautiful family and brave military service. He has shown this pride and joy through the years. His picture in full uniform is still on our refrigerator and it will stay there. Paul is a very special, kind, and gentle person who always treated me like family no matter what. Thank you Paul for so many years of warm greetings and many hugs goodbye at family events. I loved talking to you about so many things and I will forever cherish the spice box you hand crafted especially for us. It comes in very handy and is beautifully made. You are family to my family. Your magnificent, beautiful, and very thoughtful wife, who I adore, made me feel the same and you two are a wonderful couple of eternal love. May God be with you both in Heaven. We will miss you. Love always, Laura, Dave, Joey, and Briana

betsy Kramer
   Posted Thu June 21, 2018
we will miss Paul at our Sunday family dinners and seeing him working on his projects in the woodshop at Kinder farm park. The world will miss a truly wonderful guy.

Don Elseroad
   Posted Thu June 21, 2018
In recognition of E. Paul Downey, Sr's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the members of the SSgt Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III Detachment # 115, Salisbury, MD and the members the Tri-Cities Detachment # 969, Gray, TN of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.


Don Elseroad
Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret)
MCL Detachment # 115 & # 969

Lin M. Privitera
   Posted Thu June 21, 2018
Paul & Chris Downey, Jr. - My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. May your fondest memories of him remain close to your heart, and may you find comfort with those celebrating his life.

Ron and Hope MacKenzie
   Posted Thu June 21, 2018
I knew Mr. Paul as a neighbor and became best friends with his youngest son. I had the honor and pleasure to work with him on many building projects as a young man and the lessons I learned from him are priceless. His work ethic, passion for building, and generosity are contagious. I will miss and never forget the “Hi Ronnie” and wonderful stories he would tell when visiting my parents house. Keep an eye on us all Mr. Paul.

Semper Fi

Love, Ron and Hope

Paul and Geri Weiss
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018

I am sorry to hear about your father. I have always enjoyed the stories you told at work about him and I am sure that he will be missed by all.

Take care.

Paul and Geri Weiss

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