Charles Jeffrey “Jeff” Downey - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Charles Jeffrey “Jeff” Downey

April 19, 1959 - March 28, 2023

Charles Jeffrey “Jeff” Downey, age 63, of Newark, DE, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on April 19, 1959, he was a son of the late John Raymond and Elizabeth (Crookshank) Downey. Jeff was a graduate of the class of 1977 at Newark High School. He started his career with DELDOT as a traffic signal supervisor and later worked as a line crew supervisor for Byers Electrical Construction. In his spare time, Jeff loved to ride his motorcycle.

Jeff is survived by his brother, J. Michael Downey (Pam); nephew, Ryan Downey; niece, Melonie Rangel-Wanros (Andrew); great-nephew, Logan; and canine companion, Maude.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 noon on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 12 noon. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeff’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or online by clicking here or to Renee’s Rescues, PO Box 1297, Hockessin, DE 19707 or online by clicking here.


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12 Condolences for Charles Jeffrey “Jeff” Downey

  • Believe it or not, I really do miss you already & want you to know how sorry I am that you had to go thru all that pain & suffering! It upset me so much to see you like that. No more pain brother!

  • Jeff was one of the nicest guys we knew. He worked with my late hubby Larry at DelDot and remained friends when both their lives took different courses. People often thought he and Jeff were brothers because of those “Old man beards”. I can take comfort in knowing he is in heaven with his Mom and Dad and he and Larry are back at it once again ❤️

  • Dear Mike, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers . I am very sorry for what Jeff went thru.when ever I see you , you speak lovingly about him. You are both good men. I loved the sweet video tribute of Jeff and your family. Please take care. Comfort, peace and joy in the happy times you had with Jeff ! Love , your friend, Ellie and family

  • I still can’t believe you are gone! Mike and family I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I will never forget the times we spent together and the love you showed me. I take comfort in the fact knowing that you were at peace with your situation and that you wanted to go home to be with your mom and dad and missy and all those gone before you. You hated for anyone to see the soft side of you. I was blessed to see that side. Mike know that the last time I saw Jeff on March 14th he had so much love for you and Pam for stepping up and taking such good care of him. Jeff you will never be forgotten and will always hold a special place in my heart. Forever loved, forever missed, never forgotten.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Jeff at DelDOT for many years. He was truly one of the good guys. Rest well Ole friend.

  • I am so sorry for your loss . I didn’t know Jeff that well, but his brother Mike would always come into Reflections where I worked ..GOD speed Jeff . YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS MIKE.

  • May you always rest in peace now Jeff ~ Safe in our Father’s arms

  • May you always be at rest now in the arms of our loving Father.
    My prayers and thoughts are with all those grieving his loss. I pray that you will soon find comfort and peace with each other and in his memory.

  • Will be missed I have a lot of fond memories from when we were young and doing things with my mom mom aka aunt Edna good times

  • Mike, I had the privilege to work with Jeff during his time as aerial foreman for Byers Electric. Worked with him, myself working at Del. DOT as a project inspector. Jeff was the kind of man that you always count on to get the job done right. He took great pride in his work and always looked out for the men working on his crew. He also had a great sense of humor. I learned a great deal about traffic signal construction from him. He was always willing to share his knowledge with those around him. It was truly a pleasure working with him. I am going to miss you brother.

  • RIP my friend. You are missed by all who knew you. I hope to see you again in Heaven.

  • Mike and Pam and family our prayers are with you, this has not been a year for any of us. Pease be with you. Lil Seward and family