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John Downing

Obituary of John J. Downing

John J. Downing of New City passed away peacefully at his home on May 31, 2020. He was 90 years old.


John was born in the Bronx on September 6, 1929 to John and Bridget Shea. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School. John proudly served his country, joining the Army and serving during the Korean War, where he was awarded three bronze stars.


John married Ann Curry, the love of his life, on May 26, 1956 in Brooklyn, NY. Ann, John, and daughter Patricia moved to their forever home in October 1961. He was proud to call New City home for 59 years.


John was a devoted parishioner of St. Augustine’s church in New City and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a lifetime fan of his teams, the New York Yankees and Giants. John loved music, especially Irish tunes and listening to books on CD. He retired from Hitachi Metals in White Plains.


John always had a smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He was a kind and gentle man, always putting the needs of others before himself, asking nothing in return. He will be forever in our hearts.


John is survived by his daughter Patricia of New City, daughter Beth, son-in-law Alex, and beloved only child Jasper Francis of Catskill, NY, as well as his sister Patricia, brother-in-law James Ward of Long Island, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. John was predeceased by his beloved Ann in 2004, his parents, and his sister Marie.


Memorial donation may be made to:

United Hospice of Rockland -

Or the Wounded Warrior Project -