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DOWNES, William (Bill) James Downes   - 

October 8, 1940 -March 17, 2023


Passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord, following a lengthy and valiant battle with Cancer. 

Survived by the love of his life for over 60 years Margaret (nee Byers) and his 3 daughters Lorelei (Darren Locke), Katharine (Gord Ridout) and Kristine (John Korosec). 


Well known for a great ‘fish story’ Bill was an avid outdoorsman and gifted heavy tow truck operator. On many a snowy night, he raced toward danger to keep the roads clear for others. His first instincts were always to help and fix, he could often be found helping others and lending them his calm strength.


He delighted in his many grandchildren Zachariah, Chase, Wyatt, Domenic and Samantha, Step Grandkids Riley and Ethan. Most recently adding 3 beautiful great granddaughters Bellamy, Scarlett and Chloe to his legacy.


Predeceased by his parents Geneva (nee Payne) and Bill Sr., as well as his beloved twin sister Ivy Foley (Doug). He will be deeply missed by his family, nieces and nephews, and many friends. 


Margaret & family would like to thank the staff at Markham Stouffville Oncology, Oak Valley Health Uxbridge Site and the incredible team at Oak Ridges Hospice. 


Following cremation at Low and Low Funeral Home in Uxbridge, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. 


In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Oak Ridges Hospice or Oak Valley Hospital-Uxbridge site or Shades of Hope.