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Eugene Thomas “Tom” Downward, Jr.  

Eugene Thomas “Tom” Downward, Jr.

December 3, 1963 – July 10, 2018

Eugene Thomas “Tom” Downward, Jr., age 54, of Townsend, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE on December 3, 1963, he was the son of Eugene Thomas and Grace (Austin) Downward, Sr.  Tom attended William Penn High School, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School co-op program and graduated from James H. Groves.  He worked for more than 35 years as a truck driver and diesel mechanic, most recently with Evergreen Waste Services.  Recognized for his talents, Tom received various awards and certifications throughout his career.

Tom loved visiting the beach with family and friends, where he enjoyed his favorite food, crabs.  He will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, father, grandfather and dear friend to many.

Tom was preceded in death by his daughter, Diane Ashley Downward; and brother-in-law, Benjamin F. Shahan.  He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer L. Andes (George Baize); sisters, Jean Marie Shahan, Debroah Lynn Fowler (Michael) and Terry Anne Speaks (Rick); grandchildren, Joshlyn Diane Andes, Joshua Thomas Andes, Sadie Lee Fawn Baize and Jenne Mae Fawn Baize; longtime friend, Margaret Ennis; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11 am on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

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  1. MARGARET ENNIS, July 13, 2018

    My Dear Tom,
    I will never forget the laughter, our sillyness, our funtimes, our very long talks,our long walks on the beach finding our treasures.I miss you !!!! Rest In Peace My Love !!!

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  2. Bob and Dee Holden, July 13, 2018

    Tom and Grace, we are so very sorry for your loss, our hearts go out to you and your family. May your fond memories of Tom help heal your heart and bring a smile to your face just a little sooner. May God be with you all. Much love and many prayers, Bob and Dee Holden

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    • Grace Downward, July 13, 2018

      Thank you so much for everything. Love you both.

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  3. Christina Austin, July 15, 2018

    Aunt Grace and Uncle Tom I am so sorry to hear of Little Toms passing,me and the kids send you all our deepest condolences. Love,Chrissie and the kids

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  4. Donna Rossell McDowell, July 15, 2018

    Mr. n Mrs. Downward

    This is Jenn n Diane’s Aunt Donna.

    Words can’t express my sadness for your loss.
    You are all in the hearts and prayers of me and my children. We all love Tom very much. I pray you find the peace we are all wanting.

    Much love to you, Donna, Joe n Akaylah

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  5. george d.riley, July 15, 2018

    Tom and Grace,I am saddened for your loss.May God give your family strength in future times.I was very fortunate to know Tom,as a neighbor,and great friend.I will cherish our times together.We always had good conversations,crab feasts,social gatherings.His love ,dedication,to his family was outstanding.He will be missed,but not forgotten.Rest in peace Tom.

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  6. Donna And Jim Perry, July 15, 2018

    Tom ,Gracie and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss!
    May God bring peace and comfort to you in your sorrow!
    Love always and God bless!

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  7. Serge & Nancy wolynetz, July 15, 2018

    Hi Tom & grace,sorry for your loss,hope you two are in good health,hang in there,love Serge & nancy

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  8. Gloria and Jeff, July 17, 2018

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when we met Tom. There were no seats at the church picnic and his entire family welcomed us to sit with them. Through out the dinner Tom told jokes and made us laugh. We were really looking forward to getting to know him. RIP

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