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Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home

154 Route 6A, Sandwich, MA

OBITUARY

Gregory Downs

November 15, 1952June 14, 2020

DOWNS, Gregory Miller, 67, of East Sandwich, MA passed away at home on Sunday, June 14th. He was born to the late Harry Plum Downs, Jr. and Barbara Yocum Downs in Summit, NJ on November 15, 1952.

Greg grew up in Chatham and Madison, New Jersey and attended the Pingry School in Hillside. After a postgraduate year at the Leys School in Cambridge, England, Greg traveled throughout Europe and North Africa before attending Colby College in Maine and graduating in 1975. After college, Greg spent five years working as a deckhand and cook on commercial king crab and salmon fishing boats out of Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Based in Seattle in the off months, Greg developed a passion for traveling, sailing, and scuba diving, pastimes he continued to love throughout his life.

While on extended fishing trips in Alaska, Greg became interested in law. He left the West Coast in 1980 and went “Back East” to study law at Rutgers University, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1983. Greg served as a law clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court, and later relocated to the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod, where he had enjoyed his summers with family and friends as a boy.

Greg was a partner in the law firm Losordo and Downs for many years in Sandwich. He was active in the community and served as a board member and volunteer with a number of charities. He continued pro bono work and grant writing for nonprofit organizations in his retirement and up until his passing.

Greg found peace in the outdoors but, especially in the blue space of the sea. The ocean calmed his soul and nourished his spirit. He loved to wander far but always came back home to the Cape. During this strange and quiet time these past few months, he was content reading, listening to classic rock n’ roll, and connecting with friends. This spring, he planted a large vegetable garden and a rainbow of flowers anticipating the summer ahead. Summer was his season.

He is survived by his brother Christopher Downs and his wife Paula of Barrington, RI., his nieces Christine and Kathryne Downs, his stepdaughter Trinity Broderick and her partner Steven Sampson of Plymouth, MA. Greg will be dearly missed by his many friends and family, but perhaps, most especially, by his grandchildren, Broderick and Liberty Sampson, to whom he was affectionately known as “Baba”. A memorial service and celebration of Greg’s life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Greg’s legacy by embodying generosity toward someone in need or by considering a remembrance gift to Big Brothers and Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands: https://emassbigs.org/capecod. For condolences please visit: www.nickersonbournefuneralhome.com.

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Samuel SEALY

July 4, 2020

Greg and I were in elementary school ,cub scouts together. his mother often took us to Morris County Country Club to use the pool.. I remember Greg's birthday parties. I recall him not enjoying being the center of attention ,rather he wanted everyone to have a good time.
I have not heard from Greg in decades, however

I have fond memories of our short time together in school and cub scouts. My condolences to the Downs family and all his friends.

Tona Kiefer

July 3, 2020

Montezuma, Costa Rica, 2020

Greg was very pleased with himself as he gazed out over the ocean. He had just found the perfect gifts for Brodie and Liberty Bay. He loved them so much. I wish we could’ve had more time in Costa Rica. Greg, I miss your sweet smile.

Nancy Sharpe

July 3, 2020

Greg will always be remembered by Jil, Jenna and myself for his kindness, his great smile and his dear words. We had some lovely times together at the beach with Hopie Dog, Shamrock and Jil. You were a blessing in so many lives. Thank you for being our friend.

Karen Rossman

July 2, 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear of Greg’s passing. I have many fond childhood memories from time spent with Greg, Joan, and Trinity. Memories of summers in Sandwich Downs, skiing in Vermont, and his donations to our summer yard sales. Greg was a kind soul and will truly be missed.

Bud Beausang

July 2, 2020

I just learned of my friends passing n my soul was shaken !!! It has been truly an honor to have known Gregg n the rest of the Downs family. Gregg was an incredible human being who valued compassion n helping way beyond monetary gains. He was a kind n gentle soul with always a twinkle in his eyes n a warm smile on his face !!! As with my Dad,he loved the open sea and the peace of mind it gave !! Solitude personified !!! I remember a conversation I had with Gregg about the legal system particularly about divorce !!! He found injustice when lawyers created more friction and more of this and that which created more expenses for the parties involved !!!! He wanted no part of that and got out of the profession and did only pro bono work n grants for the underprivileged !! That speaks volumes of the spirit of this man !!! In addition,his love for children was most clearly shown with his involvement in Big Brothers/Big Sisters !!! He was a humble man that I will cherish the memories forever. Love you Gregg. In conclusion, I dedicate this beautiful song by Vince Gill. Go Rest High Upon The Mountain who wrote this song in memory of his brother. May we meet someday on this mountain n renew our friendship. RIP my friend !!!

Evan Johnson

June 24, 2020

I knew Greg since he was two years old. I watched him grow up and lived with him briefly in Sandwich Downs. He was always a warm and welcoming to me and my family as he was indeed part of my family.
He introduced me to many different types of good folk music and helped me with legal issues.
Two of the most memorable experiences with Greg occurred on Cape Cod. First, he attempted to recover my brand new anchor at the bottom of Barnstable Harbor which was lost when in a storm on my maiden voyage. Greg offered to attempt retrieving the anchor. He spent at least an hour on the bottom of the harbor but was unable to find it due to the limited visibility.
Second, he gave my daughter Haley a push duck with rubber feet. Haley was greatly amused pushing the wooden duck flapping its feet on the wooden floor.
Greg will be remembered as a kind and gentle person who was always willing to help and asked for nothing in return. And as an attorney, he would attempt to bring people together rather than create discourse. That's who Greg was as well as the brother of my best friend.

Christine Downs

June 23, 2020

JR Mell

June 22, 2020

We are deeply saddened to hear of Gregory's passing. Our agency is forever grateful for his dedication as a Big Brother and his service as a Board Member that led to thousands of children having an additional positive adult in their corner.

Our staff extend their deepest condolences to Gregory's family & loved ones during this trying time and are humbled by his wishes for memorial donations.

With sympathy,
JR Mell, Regional Director BBBSCCI

Tracie Milton May

June 22, 2020

Greg is a thread woven into my fondest memories of summer. He was truly a gentleman and a scholar. How many guys would allow you to paint bouys not in the traditional solid color or two-tone style, but as I did - like a barber pole 💈? I remember rowing out in the dinghy to our lobster pots with a cooler filled with fish heads to ensure a good catch! And while summer was his favorite season, I also remember learning to ski with Greg in Maine. He was a good friend to all of the Miltons. Our father loved sharing a beer out on the deck with Greg, discussing politics and reminiscing about the days before Sandwich Downs had paved roads. I carry with me memories of sunset walks along the beach as we searched with Harry and Babs for beach glass. Thank you, Greg, for being in my life.

Ellen Broderick

June 21, 2020

Many lovely memories of visiting Greg and Joan and Trinity in Sandwich with my three (then small) children. They were always so welcoming and so full of fun with children.

Sending my condolences to family and friends.

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Bringing Maggie home.

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Dressed up for Barbara’s party at the yacht club, 2015.

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Bay’s first boat ride, 2016.

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Full moon over Manomet Beach in 2014.

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Red Sox - Yankees in 2015.

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Christmas 2015 at Heritage.

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Brodie and Liberty with their new “Baba backpacks”, 2019.

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Baba and Bay, 2016

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