Maynard E. Downing

October 27, 1930
- May 26, 2005

DEXTER AND EXETER - Maynard E. Downing, 74, the husband of Dorothy (Denkewize) Downing, died May 26, 2005, at his residence. He was born Oct. 27, 1930, in Exeter, the son of Lyall Stanley and Clara Eva (Cyr) Downing Sr. He was a resident of Exeter most of his life, moving to Dexter four years ago. He loved walking, bird watching, meeting new people, visiting with friends and neighbors and sharing his love of music with others. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his friendship to those he cared about and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving in addition to his wife of 57 years are a son, Maynard Jr. (Ned) and his wife, Judy, of San Marcos, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Bryson and her partner, John Whalon, of Newport and Peggy Bowley and her husband, Ben, of Levant; a daughter-in-law, Becky Downing of Brownville; an ex-daughter-in-law and trusted friend, Sheila Downing of St. Albans; 15 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 16 great-grand-children; five stepgreat-grandchildren; six sisters, Betty Buxton, Rita Bean, Nancy Cyr, Zelma Issler, Dolores Landry and Barbara Grimes; two brothers, Alton and his wife, Alice, and James and his wife, Pat; long time friends, Jimmy and Nancy Crocker and family and many friends at Bishop Hill Apartments in Dexter. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Downing in 2002; two brothers, Lyall Jr. and Robert Downing; and a sister, Althea Gauthier. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, Inc., 52 Federal St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

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