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Gary M. Downs, 69, passed away peacefully after a valiant fight on July 23, 2017, at Ellis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., he was the son of the late Hubert and Ann Downs. Gary attended Saranac Central High School and went on to SUNY Delhi as well as the Manufacturing Engineering Program at General Electric. He was employed at General Electric in Schenectady, R&D Center, General Electric Silicones and retired in 2013 after many faithful years from Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, N.Y.
Gary married his beloved wife, June P. Brulinski on June 2, 1973. He had a passion for golfing as well as taking care of his home. One could often find him on his John Deere tractor keeping his lawn in perfect order. Known as "Mr. Fix it" - there was never a problem he couldn't solve. He enjoyed family vacations as well as routing for his Los Angeles Dodgers. However, Gary's greatest joy was his family. He loved spending time with his wife, children and especially his grandchildren. They will always remember him for his support, patience and integrity.
Gary is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, June Downs, his son Benjamin (Sarah Huehn) Downs and his daughter Rebecca (Jason) Santos. He was the beloved grandfather to John and Mary Santos. Gary leaves behind his siblings, Raymond (Carol) Downs, William (Roxanne) Downs, John (Norma) Downs, Jan Downs, Mary Lou (Peter) Duquette, Barbara (Frank) LeClair, Peggy (Dan) Guynup and Betty Jean (Bernie) Bassett. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and longtime family friends, Kevin Kelley and the Krzystyniak Family.
Gary was predeceased by his parents, Hubert and Ann Downs, his father and mother-in-law, Edward and Mary Brulinski and his sister-in-law, Marilyn Brulinski.
Calling hours for Gary will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road, Glenville. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 28, from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Rd., Clifton Park, N.Y. Burial will take place at Park Cemetery, Scotia, N.Y.
Memorial contributions in Gary's name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline MA 02445. Online condolences www.glenvillefuneralhome.com
Published on July 25, 2017
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