Edward Eddie Anthony Downey

August 24, 1938June 18, 2013
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Edward Anthony Downey was born on August 24, 1938 in San Diego, California. He entered into rest on June 18, 2013 in Oceanside, California.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Downey, and mother, Emma Ruth Downey.

Edward is survived by his wife, Dianna Lee Downey, daughter and son-in-law, Leslie (Stewart) Brim, daughter, Shannon Downey, daughter, Polly Counts, granddaughters, Jaclyn Brim, Julia Brim, Jinna Brim, Keira Counts, sister, Patricia Downey Kramm, relatives, and friends.

Ed Downey "All-American" was a proud graduate of St. Augustine High School, 1956 (San Diego, CA) and Cal Poly,San Luis Obispo (BA, 1963, MEd 1965). He was a life long educator in Oceanside, CA where the "Sun Always Shines in Wildcat Country."

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 5-8pm at Eternal Hills Mortuary in Oceanside, California.

A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 11am at Mission San Luis Rey Parish in Oceanside, California.

Mr. Downey's final resting place will be Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, California.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to El Camino Booster's Club, attn. Athletic Director 400 Rancho Del Oro Dr., Oceanside, CA 92057. A memorial scholarship will be given in Ed's honor.


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 24, 2013

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Edward Eddie Anthony Downey

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Andy Knudsen

May 21, 2019

Loved u coach

Gretchen Glazener

October 15, 2013

Probably the one person I really looked forward to seeing at my parents' birthdays next month, was Ed. I'm sure he had that incredible smile and enthusiasm. He will be missed. I am sure he had a tremendous positive influence on the many, many young lives he touched through all the years. He did on me.
May he enjoy the fullness of eternal life.

Michael Aguirre

June 25, 2013

I remember Coach as my freshman PT teacher. He used to critque my performance after each Frosh game back in '74. He used to make me laugh when he tried to get mad. Coach you were one of the best coaches I ever had.

Herb & Carol Meyer

June 25, 2013

Met Ed in the mid 60s when he came to teach and coach at Oceanside H. S. - managed to stay friends for the next 50 years. "Elmer Fudd" was a GREAT guy and always happy and upbeat; did a tremendous job keeping old retired teachers together by planning our Tuesday golf outings. Keep hitting them long & straight Drut!
He will be sorely missed by many. Our sincere condolences to Diane and the girls.

David Jackson

June 25, 2013

MR,D RIP I will never forget the day that Mildred Tapolii put on the brakes on the I 5 south bound in rush hour the on his face timeless !!

Cathie and Joe Sarnecky

June 24, 2013

The Sarneckys: Joe and Cathie, Michelle Sarnecky Sherack and Jackie Sarnecky Williams add their condolences to the many before. It will be "standing room only" at MSLR tomorrow.

June 24, 2013

Ed and I taught together at Oceanside H.S. ( 70's ).which was many years ago.. He was my assistant in wrestling for the first few years. We had some good times" learning together". I could always depend on Ed, and he was truly one of the " good guys".
My wife, Peggy and myself had some good times with Ed and Dianna. I remember when Ed took me out sailing in the Oceanside Harbor. This was certainly not sailing a yacht, but great fun.
I know he did have a great influence on his students. I am very lucky to have known Ed, and its unfortunate that we didn't see much of each other after the split. I wish his family the very best, and they have a right to be proud of him. I know he will have eternal peace in heaven.
With our deepest sympathy,
Bill and Peggy Williams

Tom Carson

June 24, 2013

Mr. Downey made a true impact in my life. I had first met Mr. Downey at spring football practice between my frosh and sophomore year at El Camino High School. I knew then that I had to take his driver's education class. I took Mr. Downey's class and must say this was one of the best classes in high school. Obviously I had to pass the class; I mean come on, Mr. Downey held the car keys in his hand. I admired Mr. Downey; I worked hard in his class and got an “A.” I still remember Mr. Downey complaining about the driver's leaving Hennie Hills and never yielding to the Fire Mountain traffic. Oh how that bugged him. Mr. Downey always made you feel comfortable when he entered the room. He was that type of guy. Mr. Downey will always remain in my heart. I am lucky to have become friends with Mr. Downey's daughters. Ed, as his grown daughters fondly refer to him, made an impact on me and I will never forget him.

Mary Lou Baird

June 23, 2013

Ed was always a gentleman to me and a delight to work with at El Camino High School. He and I retired together, and then we met up in Hawaii with him and Dianna where they cooked us a meal! I'm privileged to have known him! -- Mary Lou Baird

Julie Carpenter

June 22, 2013

Mr Downey still don't know how you did it. Patience and lots of them with your high school kids and your beautiful family as my neighbor and John Markey fixing your car. You will always be in all of our hearts and in our memories. I still can't park next to a curb. Your a special man and you have taugh us alot you will be missed. My love goes out to your family.