Thomas J. Downes, Jr.
September 19, 1952 – April 5, 2015
Thomas J. “T.J.” Downes, Jr. age 62, of New Castle, DE, went home with the Lord unexpectedly on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
Born in Wilmington, DE on September 19, 1952, T.J. was a son of the late Thomas J. Downes, Sr. and Maryellen McGovern Downes. He graduated from William Penn High School in 1970 and was employed most of his life as a heavy equipment operator with Local No. 542 Operating Engineers.
T.J. found much joy in life and always had something to say. He possessed a great sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh. T.J. was an avid reader and history buff and had a keen interest in architecture, carpentry and mechanics. He was passionate about his family and adored spending time with them. Even though his time on Earth has come to an end, T.J. will live on in the hearts and minds of his loved ones.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. T.J. is survived by his children, Angela M. Wickersham and husband Drew of Newark, Shauna Downes of Newark and Thomas J. Downes III of New Castle and their mother, Kathleen Downes; longtime partner, Carla Douglas; brother, William Downes of Townsend; grandchildren, Madison and Bentley Wickersham; step children, Brietta and Brianna Douglas, and their children, Hailie, JJ, Bella, Eric, Kayleigh and Rusty, Jr.; and his best pal and beloved dog, Patch.
A celebration of T.J.’s life will be held at 3 pm on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.