Adrian Cliff Downey

February 11, 1941February 11, 2020

Adrian Clifford Downey, 79 passed away Tuesday February 11, 2020 at Saint Anne Nursing and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne IN. He was born in Dover, NJ to the late Arthur Downey and Betty Rurka. He proudly served his country and was a Staff Sargent in the Marine Corp. Adrian was a retired Police Officer with the Fair Lawn, NJ police department. He was also a 6th degree Black belt and Karate instructor, taught self-defense at the police academy, and was a pilot. He is survived by his wife JoAnn Downey of Fort Wayne, IN, daughters Alana (Bill) Hardiek and Lauren (Kyle) Gresham both of Fort Wayne, IN; several grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Adrian was preceded in death by a sister Diana Kuckelsburg. Memorial service will be 6pm Monday February 17, 2020 at D.O McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home 1140 Lake Ave Fort Wayne IN., with calling from 4-6 pm. Memorials may be made to Diabetes Foundation or Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. To sign the online guest book go to


  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Memorial Service Monday, February 17, 2020


Adrian Cliff Downey

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ronald ulinsky

February 24, 2020

Sincere sympathy to the family on your loss. We had some good times. Thinking of you. Cousin Ron

Peter Kemp

February 17, 2020

JoAnn and family members : Laurie and I send our sincerest sympathy to all. I have fond memories of working with Cliff as a police officer and watching your girls grow up. May he rest in peace . God give you the strength to continue on . Sincerely : Pete and Laurie Kemp

Sgt. Tom Johnston

February 17, 2020

Cliff was a fine man and a great mentor.

Stephanie Peltzer

February 17, 2020

Our hearts are with the Downey family today. We are filled with the many wonderful memories of all the times we shared and all the kindness he showed us over the years. We think of him often and he will never be forgotten. We love you.

Erik Rose

February 16, 2020

He was a very special person, always ready to help anyone. He was a great cop. The classic case of the tough as nails exterior, with a heart of gold. When I was a young cop, he always made the time to help any new guys, took us under his wing. Taught you what to do and how to keep safe. My thoughts and prayers are for his family.
Cliff will be missed by many. I know that I’ll never forget him.

Bill Clark

February 16, 2020

Safe travels Brother, untill we meet again. Often think about midnight tours on the streets of Fair Lawn. Rest in Peace Brother, you were a credit to the Badge.

Kelly Kepler

February 16, 2020

I just want to send my condolences to the family and my friend Alana. Prayers for strength and healing to the whole family.

Stephen Eidsness

February 15, 2020

So glad we met so long ago. I will and have missed hanging out with you. your laugh and good nature are part of those cherished memories I will always have. You were one of those folks who come along and have a lasting impression on folks.
Safe travels my Friend. Some day we will meet again. Until then.
Later Brother

David Epstein

February 14, 2020

I met Cliff many years ago when he was patrolling the streets of Fair Lawn. He was a true gentleman. He took me up in his plane and we buzzed Fair Lawn. I recently found the photos from that day. I also remember his distinct way of radioing in to police headquarters "912 to KYM 819".
Cliff was one of the two officers who helped me decide on policing as a career.
Finally, he was an instructor at my police academy class, and because he knew me, I was his self-defense dummy. The man knew his stuff! I still remember being tossed around like a rag-doll!
Rest in peace, Cliff.