A funeral mass for Edward F. Downey, 90 who died Oct. 24 at his home in Woodstock, was held Oct. 29 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock. Burial followed in the Prosper Cemetery.
Mr. Downey was born Sept. 8, 1922 in Newark, N.J., the son of Edward J. and Louise (Carle) Downey.
Mr. Downey served in the United States Navy during World War II.
When he returned home from the service in 1945 he married his high school sweetheart Irene Hoffmeyer.
Mr. Downey created and incorporated a tool and die business and was active in raising his family in Pluckemin, N.J. In 1970 Mr. Downey followed his passion for skiing and moved his family to Woodstock, where he opened a second location for his business.
Mr. Downey enjoyed activities in the outdoor life. He was an avid skier and enjoyed fly-fishing and power walking. He also found great joy in the restoration of his 1926 Bentley that he used for many years to tour different parts of the world with his wife Irene and friends. He remained an active member of the North American Vintage Bentley Association until his death.
Mr. Downey is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene Downey; his four children, Peg Carton and her husband, Tom, Catherine Downey, James Downey and Thomas Downey and his wife, Trina; 11 grandchildren, Chrisopher, Anne, Tom, Meg, Missy, Maggie, Eva, Lili, Jess, Nick, and Kailin; 10 great-grandchildren, Iris, Oskar, Brit, Sumner, Luke, Elouise, Adrian, Liam, Aletha, and John.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Louise Downey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave., White River Jct., 05001 or Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 7 South Street, Woodstock, 05091.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. Condolences may be offered by visiting cabotfh.com.
This obituary first appeared in the November 1, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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