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Downing, Charles J.

Charles J. Downing, a resident of Chestnut Hill and formerly of Westwood died Thursday, April 23, 2020 after battling pneumonia. Charles was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Roberts) Downing, and the son of the late James Downing and Anna (Murray) Downing. He was the devoted father of Marianne Walsh and her husband John of Sandwich, Catherine Downing of Quincy, Paul Downing and his wife Cheryl of Taunton, Michael Downing and his wife Wendy of Whitinsville, and Roberta Downing of Nashua, NH and the dear brother of Theresa Stegall of Dedham, the late James Downing of Norwood, the late Leo Downing of New Hampshire, Beverly O’Rourke of Colorado and Mary Linscott of Colorado. Charles was the loving grandfather of Edward, John, Michelle, Rachel, Kayla, Thomas and Mathew, and is also survived by 12 great grandchildren who he adored. He was loved by many nieces and nephews. Charles cherished his time with his family. He enjoyed going out to restaurants, playing bingo and going to play the “slots”. He was loved very much and will be missed greatly. A funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Wingate Chestnut Hill for your wonderful care. In lieu of flowers donations made be made to Salvation Army of charity of your choice.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Debbie
    April 24th, 2020 | 1:07 pm

    My condolences to you all , I’m very sorry . I can say though when I was there and had a visit not that long ago with Mr.D he was laughing so hard we had a great time and he couldn’t stop reminding me of when we were little lol he was to funny , he will be missed by a lot of people ❤️

  2. Orlando Makudera
    April 24th, 2020 | 1:41 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your father…. Glad you had the time with him that you did… Virtual hug

  3. Karen I Bianco
    April 24th, 2020 | 1:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss, my heart goes out you. Remember all the good times. Gone but not forgotten. Prayers for you all.

  4. Chris Neas
    April 24th, 2020 | 2:12 pm

    Our condolences. We hope you can find some peace in this time. God bless the Downing family.

  5. Edward Charles Downing
    April 24th, 2020 | 2:17 pm

    I can’t honestly ever remember a bad time at all with gramps he always did what he could for support with my music and various other things he will forever be in my heart so many times I can think of when he came to pick me up to stay over so we could hang out love you gramp RIP now and never feel the pain of this world again

  6. Catherine Downing
    April 24th, 2020 | 10:07 pm

    Dad I am so grateful I was able to stay with you the night before you passed. I hope playing the music and rosary gave you comfort. I wished we could have talked more before you weren’t able, but I know you heard what I said. I will miss our Sunday dinners, going to the Casino, and just spending time with you. My heart aches, but I have some peace knowing you aren’t suffering anymore. You were so strong, sometimes I don’t know how you delt with such pain. God bless you Dad until we meet again. I love you and miss you. Love, Cathy

  7. Jamie Downing
    April 25th, 2020 | 7:17 am

    We’ve had some laughs over the years and our girls love their grampie so much. His memory will live on in all of those who loved him. May he now rest in the sweetest peace.

  8. Michelle Walsh
    April 25th, 2020 | 8:18 pm

    Grampy you always knew how to make everyone laugh with your quick wit, jokes, and sarcasm. I loved that about you. I wish could have spent more time with you, but I cherish the time I was able to be with you.You always made the best of situations even when you were in so much pain.I am glad you are not in pain anymore. You will be missed very much. Until we see each other again, Rest in Peace. Love you, love shelly

  9. Paul & Cheryl Downing
    April 26th, 2020 | 4:27 pm

    Dad we will miss you very much. We were happy to talk to you and tell you we loved you. We have comfort in knowing there is no more pain and suffering. We will miss you dearly. Love Paul & Cheryl❤❤

  10. marianne walsh
    April 28th, 2020 | 1:47 pm


    I will miss you forever and will think of you often. I will always remember the funny, “interesting” and sometime serious talks we had. The visits with you and the “cats” were always fun. You always had a way to make us all laugh. I am so thankful for the time we got to spend together; I just wish it was a little longer. I feel blessed to have you for a father.

    I had great comfort knowing that you always had Cathy as your angel watching over you. Every time you were ill, she stayed with you and made sure you were ok. When you were happy, she was happy for you. When you were sad, she was there to cheer you up. When you were angry, she would calm you down and reason with you which wasn’t always easy. When you were down she took you out to eat and entertained you so you could feel alive again. In the end she stayed with you night and day and held your hand before God came and took you home. Cathy my darling sister- You certainly earned your wings.
    Paul, Mike, Roberta and I all did the best we could in our own little ways and I know I can speak for us all when I say we love you with all of our hearts, and thank you for all the sacrifices you made over the years taking care of Ma and Dad.

    With Love,


    • The Bible says, “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—”that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2-3).

  11. Debbie Golden
    May 2nd, 2020 | 12:29 pm

    Cathy, Mike, Marianne, Paul and Roberta
    I am sorry for the loss of your dad. May God comfort and bless you through this difficult time.

    Love cousin Deb

  12. Mary Joe Perry
    May 21st, 2020 | 10:22 am

    I have many happy memories of working with your dad and all of you at the Parkwell. He was a great guy and good to the residents.Please let me know when you are able to have a service for him. I have made a donation to the Salvation Army in his memory. God bless you all, especially the health care workers and first responders.

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