Obituary: John Thomas Downey, 83, of Trumbull, formerly of Stratford

John Thomas Downey, 83, of Trumbull, formerly of Stratford, died May 6, 2013 at Middlesex Hospital.

He was born and raised in Stratford, CT, son of the late Frederick and Jeannette (Clark) Downey.

John graduated from Stratford High School, where he was captain of the golf and basketball teams. After high school, he joined the United States Marines, where he served from 1951-1953. He was a salesman, and worked at Tri-Lift until his retirement a few years ago.

John was a well-known area golfer, and held many course records and tournament titles. He was a longtime member at Mill River Country Club.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Muriel (Mimi) Burritt Downey.

He is survived by his loving daughters Susan McElroy and her husband Larry of Trumbull and Elizabeth Ryan and her husband Fred of Newtown; his beloved grandchildren Eddie and Johnny McElroy of Trumbull and Haley and Katie Ryan of Newtown; his brother Fred Downey and his wife Phebe of New London, NH ; his nieces Ann, Meg, Kate and Martha and their families; his cousin Margie Grudberg and her family, and the O’Connell families and many cherished friends, especially Duane Haley and Ray Boag whose support a was a great comfort.

Friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Friday at 11:00 a.m. directly at St. Theresa Church 5301 Main St. Trumbull. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull.

The family expresses their gratitude to Middlesex Hospital Hospice Seven South for their excellent care, respect and concern.

Memorial contributions may be made to Middlesex Hospital (Weiss Hospice)28 Crescent St. Middletown, CT 06457.

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