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Thomas J. Downes, Jr.

Born September 19, 1952

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.

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  • Angie, Shauna, and Buddy my family is sorry for your loss at this time. I don’t remember your Dad too much from when we were little but I hope you know your family is always in my thoughts and prayers. My God bless you all during this time and give you the strength to get through this period of grief. My family sends all the love we can.

  • TJ- you were a great person, both at work and off the job. We had many good times when we dismantled DuPont’s Chambers Works in the 90’s. You were well liked and respected by everybody, and I truly appreciated your skills and professional knowledge. You were a great all-around guy. God Speed. DC

  • Gone but never forgotten

  • So sorry for the loss of your Father. May you and your family find strength and peace in your time of need. Peace be with you and your family.

  • Angie, Shauna, Buddy,
    I am so sorry for your loss, I liked your dad ,he was always kind to me ,I will miss him dearly, prayers to all of you. Xoxo

  • Carla and family,

    We are sorry to hear about TJ.
    My brother’s and I had a great time when we grew up with him. Being a Heavy equipment operator/ carpenter that he was,
    TJ always knew where each tool was. that was amazing!
    Whenever TJ and Carla walked their dog they would always say hi to us and our dog.
    He will be missed.

    Mark and June Leonard

  • My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of T.J.
    May you find comfort in your loving memories and the warmth of family and friends. A scripture that has uplifted me during times such as this is found at Revelation 21:4. There it describes a time when death and pain will be gone forever after God restores his original purpose for the earth. We will even see our loved ones again who we have lost in death (John 5:28 & 29). It is our hope that these words bring you a measure of comfort during this difficult time as well. Once again, please accept our condolences as you deal with your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to TJ’s family. May TJ rest in peace.