Reynold E. Downing Jr.

August 22, 1943March 1, 2013

Reynold “Rey” E. Downing Jr., 69, of New Bedford, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013.

Born in St. Albans, Vermont, he was the son of the late Reynold E. Sr. and Oleita (Machia) Downing.

Rey had lived in New Bedford since 1989 and had formerly lived in Boston, Vermont and New Hampshire. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion Post #0462 in Boston. He was an avid Red Sox fan and loved helping others with whatever they may have needed.

He is survived by two brothers, Michael and Robert Downing both of New York; longtime friends, Rae Souza, Charlie and Nancy Rivera and his loving Cat, Wino.

He was also the brother of the late Leonard L. Downing.

His funeral service will he held Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4 PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN Homes of Memorial Tribute, Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. A private burial will take place in New Hampshire. Visiting hours, Wednesday 1-4 PM prior to the service. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to C.A.R.E. Center for Animal Rescue & Education, 596 Hathaway Road, New Bedford, MA 02740.



  • Visiting hours Wednesday, March 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013


  • Burial

Reynold E. Downing Jr.

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Lorraine Downing

May 1, 2013

uncle Rey. I really miss you and love you.

Cathleen Price

March 17, 2013

Ray... you were my mother (Julie's) best friend... you will always be remembered dearly......Cathleen

Lorraine Downing

March 5, 2013

Uncle Ray You will be missed dearly. I love you and miss you. Love your niece Lorraine

Paul LeValley

March 3, 2013

God speed Rey. Thank you for helping us out with the painting- you were such a kind and gentle soul. Thank you for your service to Our Country.