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Edgar Charles Downie

DOWNIE, Edgar Charles - On October 27, 2015, peacefully and with his loving wife Lorna and his children at his side Edgar Downie said his last goodbye. For 84 years, Edgar has brightened his corner of the world with his easy smile, his outgoing positive spirit and his twinkling Irish eyes. All men die - some never live. Edgar avoided such a fate - he lived, he loved, he laughed, he hugged, he kissed and he had a special way that put everyone he met immediately at ease. He didn't judge people - never a bad word about anyone, seriously, no one. He saw the good in people and they in turn saw it clearly in him. He was a devoted husband to Lorna (Neal) for 59 years and their deep, mutual love was an inspiration to all. Edgar was an affectionate and playful dad to Charlyn, Mike, Paula, Gord and Patrick. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a father like Edgar. He taught us firsthand about the big stuff in life - honesty, loyalty, dedication and above all kindness. Edgar's 20 grandchildren were a constant source of pride and joy to him and they will all carry a piece of him with them forever and wherever they go. "Through the ages, the end of days of heroes is the same as ordinary men. They all died and gradually faded away in the memory of man. But while we are still here we have to understand ourselves, discover ourselves and express ourselves." We will honour Edgar's exemplary life on Monday, November 2 at 1:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Centre for The Performing Arts, 390 King St. W, Kingston, K7L 2X4. (King St. and Morton Way) In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to Eric Holden's 2016 Vendee Globe bid - a solo, non-stop, round the world race. Every 4 years, the bravest sailors attempt this epic race, alone. Arrangements entrusted to ROBERT J. REID & SONS, "The Chapel on the Corner", Kingston, 613-548-7973. Sharing Memories online condolences may be made at
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I'm so sorry
Posted by Robert Bullock (His old Waiter and then his Banker...) On Friday, August 19, 2016
My deepest condolences. I did not know about this until just 5 minutes ago. A huge loss. Edgar and his wife Lorna were my favourite customers at the restaurant I worked at (Spaghetti and stuffed Rigatoni and a glass of wine each - wow I still remember). This news saddens me.
My deepest sympathy
Posted by Ana DaCosta (Old school friend of Paul and Gord) On Friday, November 13, 2015
Dear Paula and family, I was very sad to learn of the passing of your dad. He was a really great guy. I lost my dad in July and I know the sadness all of you are feeling. My thoughts are with you.
Thinking of You
Posted by Sue Armstrong (family friend) On Saturday, November 7, 2015
Was so sad to hear about your Dad.I have such fond memories of him when we lived next door on Cambridge in Amherstview. I still remember his laugh and warm smile.Such a kind and gentle man.Thinking of all of the Downie family.
Deepest Sympathy
Posted by Vicki Shaw (Friend of Gord) On Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Gord and family, I wish you comfort and strength from each other in the days to come. Fond memories of our days in Amherstview.
Posted by Maureen (Nurse) On Wednesday, November 4, 2015
My sincere sympathy and condolences for your loss of this wonderful man. I will remember you in my prayers.

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