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Charles Donald Downing

April 2, 1918 ~ June 24, 2018 (age 100)



Charles Donald Downing, age 100 years 2 months, of York Beach, Maine, passed away on June 24, 2018.  Born April 2, 1918 in Berwick, ME, son of Charles Weston and Daisy (Furbish) Downing; graduated from Berwick Academy, Class of 1937; and married Irene Tibbetts July 15, 1939.He worked at the Rocky Gorge Woolen Company; Boston & Maine Railroad; and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, for 33 years as Group Superintendent, Mechanical Group, Shops 6, 31, 38, 56, 81, 94, and refueling Nuclear Submarines. 

He served in the United States Army in WWII.  After the war he served with the 76th Infantry Division reserves for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Major, and serving as Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion 304th Infantry Regiment.  He was a past Commander of the Ramsdell-Rogers Post #56 American Legion of York, ME. 

He was an active member of Cape Neddick Baptist Church and later Ogunquit Baptist Church, a member of the choir, a Deacon, and Search Committee.  He traveled to every state except Hawaii, enjoyed biking, skiing (water & snow), camping and woodworking.  He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his family. 

He leaves his daughter Diane (Terry) McRoberts of Minnetonka, MN, sons Jere (Barbara) Downing of Newton, NH, Lawrence (Julie) Downing of Wells, ME and Edmund "Skip" (Susan) Downing of Lebanon, NH; five grandsons Jeffrey, Michael, Kenny, Charles, and Seth; great grandson Charlie; niece Peg (Chuck) d'Entremont, and other nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Irene (Tibbetts) Downing of 78 years, his parents and a  sister, Sister Mary Rosalie of the Sisters of Mercy, and grandson Alan Downing.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, June 29th in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine. A memorial service will take place at 1pm on Saturday, June 30th in the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Rd., Ogunquit, ME. Burial with Military Honors will be in the First Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to the Ogunquit Baptist Church,  Ogunquit, Maine 03907. Visit



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