Charles Jude Downey

August 19, 1938July 6, 2019

Downey, Charles Jude August 19 1938 – July 6, 2019

“Charlie” born August 19, 1938 in Omeemee, Ontario lost his brief battle with cancer July 6, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta. We all celebrated Dad’s 80th birthday last year with family and friends in Castlegar, British Columbia.

Dad is survived by his sons, Daniel (Vicki) Downey, Jason (Wendy) Downey, Lee (Megan) Downey, daughter Karen (Rodger) Woodhouse; grandchildren, Luke, Mollie, Kara, Cale, Liam, Grace, Claire, Leanne and Kalan; great grandchildren, Elijah and Torin; sisters, Patricia (Marty) Baro, Rosemary (Dave) Powell, Kit (Bob) Schram, Carol (Ian) MacIntosh as well as many nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife Carol of 58 years in 2017, son Eugene Downey in 1983, his sister Anne (Dom) Fox, his brother James (Lynda) Downey, and parents Eugene and Rose Downey.

Dad left the family farm in Downeyville, Ontario and came to Alberta at the age of 17 to work at the wheat exchange. Dad met and married Carol in 1958 in Rossland, British Columbia. He obtained his Sheet Metal trade in 1964 and opened his own business, Downey Heating, in 1973. Dad passed his trade onto his three sons; Dan, Dowcom Sheet Metal, in Ontario, Jason, Calgary Tinsmith, and Lee, Calgary Precision Metal.

Mom and Dad bought their cabin in Invermere, BC in 1977, where we all enjoyed many summer and ski seasons together. He was a long-time member of Corpus Christi Parish and was a fourth degree with the Knights of Columbus. Dad will be remembered for his generosity to many charities and he and Mom always had an open door to family and friends in need.

Thank you to Dr. Chary, Dr. Sharma and the caring staff at Dulcina Hospice for their support.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Prayer Service to be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH, 404 Northmount Place N.W., Calgary, on Friday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Calgary.


  • Prayer Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 12, 2019


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Heather Burtis

July 12, 2019

Dear family of Charlie & Carol:
I was blessed to know this couple from many years ago. So welcoming and hospitable with friends of family members. Will never forget a weekend at the cabin.
A beautiful committed couple that set an amazing example to their children and grandchildren.
Blessings and peace be yours as you grieve your loss. May the comfort of God and his people be there for you.

Thomas Powell

July 11, 2019

My family would like to convey our deepest condolences on the death of Uncle Charlie. He was a wonderful man devoted to his family and dedicated to his work. I learned so many things from him. He always said good words for me and my family. He will be missed. Tom & Monique and Jake Powell and Leslie & Owen and baby Hailey Herman. A donation will be made to his charity of choice.

Armand Brennan

July 10, 2019

My deep condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Terry Nogue Lundrie

July 10, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to all the family!

Tammy and Jeff Merkley

July 10, 2019

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Darrell Murtha

July 9, 2019

Forever in our hearts Charlie. Thank you for many fine memories and laughs.

Debbie Vander Houwen

July 9, 2019

Ron and Melissa and Brad and I send much love and heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time... So very many fond memories of Charlie and Carol at “The Lake” condolences to the family, children and grandchildren we all grew up with!!

Brenda Williams

July 9, 2019

Oh Charlie you will be missed! Loved our chats whenever I saw you walking your beautiful pup. Enjoyed our conversations about, dogs, horses, road trips, travelling and life in general. You were always happy and with a big smile. Especially grateful for our visit when you came over to see my renovated villa. 20 minutes turned in to 2 1/2 hours of talking and laughter!
Every once in a while we get to meet very special people throughout our are one of them. You will be remembered fondly. Rest easy my friend.

Rod & Patti Martin

July 9, 2019

Patti & I are saddened to read of Charlie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Donna Wright

July 9, 2019

So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I always enjoyed when he came to visit Vicki and Dan. We would have some games of euchre. Charlie and I had one thing in common. Neither of us liked to lose. LOL. My sincere condolences to all of the family.
Sincerely Donna Wright