Edward J. “Ed” Downey III, age 68

of Plainville

Edward J. “Ed” Downey III, age 68

Edward J. “Ed” Downey III, age 68, of Plainville, formerly of Quincy, passed away, Friday, October 23, 2020, after living with cancer for over four years, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband for forty-one years of Pamela L. “Pam” (Fantasia) Downey.

Devoted father of Michaela R. Downey of Plainville.

One of five siblings, he was the loving brother of Susan P. Downey and her partner Dr. Loretta Butehorn of Provincetown, John B. Downey of Quincy and his late wife Kathleen, and was predeceased by Rosemary J. Downey and Kathleen Downey Ingley and her late husband Paul.

Ed is survived by his niece, Erin (Downey) Moran and her husband John, and his great-nephew, Jacob Moran, all of Quincy. He is also survived by his dear in-laws, who regarded him as a cherished and respected member of their family.

Edward was born in Quincy, to the late Helen P. (Hourihan) and Edward J. Downey, Jr., and raised in Wollaston. He was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1970, where he served as senior class president, and attended Stonehill College.

Ed enjoyed a long and successful career in retail management and was particularly proud to act as a mentor to younger members of his team. Ed and his wife, Pam, spent time living and working in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire before moving back to Massachusetts in 2000 and raising their daughter, Michaela, in Plainville.

A lifelong amateur astronomer, Ed took several continuing education courses in astronomy at the Community College of Rhode Island and spent countless treasured hours observing the night sky with his daughter, Michaela. Ed was a devoted Phil Collins fan along with his wife, Pam, and the pair attended countless live shows, including one in Paris, France in the 1990s. Throughout his life, Ed cultivated an extensive network of friends whose correspondence and support were a source of great encouragement in his final years.

At Ed’s request, cremation took place privately. In light of current events, a celebration of Ed’s life will take place at a later date when it is safe and responsible to do so.

Ed was a beneficiary of progress in cancer research in his final years. For those who wish, donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 or www.cancer.org.


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  • With deepest sympathy to a wonderful family on his life well lived, service to all he met, and the knowledge that the family who has gone before him has welcomed him with love to his eternal reward.

  • Ed was a year ahead of me at Archbishop WILLIAMS. Although he was ‘the big man on campus’ he was always very kind to me. Many years later we met again while I was building a house and he helped me chose the lighting. Once again, he really looked out for me. There must have been a glorious family welcome when he returned home to God. My deepest sympathy for all of you who will miss him.

  • My deepest sympathy to Ed’s wife, daughter, and whole family. God bless you. I knew Ed mostly through his sister, Susan, who adored and treasured him. His love for the night sky and sharing those special moments with his daughter speaks volumes. May he now rest and enjoy amazing freedom and peace.

  • Ed,
    I will never forget your face, that smile and oh the many laughs we had over the years..it was truly an honor to have known you most of my life & for you to be part of my family. I have so many loving and adorable memories of you and all of us, we were definitely a lucky bunch!
    Be happy where you are because you are among some of the great ones!!!
    Rest easy & rest in beautiful peace ♡
    Love you,
    Laurie Fantasia

  • The AWHS Class of 1970 mourns the loss of our classmate, friend and President. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s wonderful family and many friends. May he rest in peace.

  • I am deeply sad about Ed Downey’s passing. Ed was in my senior homeroom at AWHS, and I taught him Chemistry. At that time I was senior class moderator, and Ed was the senior class president. I loved, admired, and respected Ed. I value the visits I had with him, Pam and Michaela for many years at Susan and Loretta’s Solstice Party in December. How fortunate I am to have known this outstanding gentleman for so many years! The earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. There is a bright new star shinning in the heavens tonight, named Edward J. Downey III. I know Ed is now enjoying the company of his beloved parents and his wonderful sisters Rosemary and Kathi.. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with the Downey family, and all who had the privilege of knowing Ed as a friend.

  • I was so sorry and very sad to hear of Ed passing Pammy and Michala. RIP Ed.
    He was a great husband and dad… fond memories will keep Ed in your hearts forever.

    My prayers and condolences to you and Ed’s family. once again I am so sorry.

    God bless you

    Aunty Linda

  • Thoughts and Prayers from the Brown family to the Fantasia and Downey families. Ed was a true gentleman. I look back fondly on the time I was fortunate to spend with him working at Channel Home Centers in Quincy. One of the hardest working people I’ve ever met but his true passion was his family. Great guy, he will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Deepest sympathies to family and friends.
    I had the pleasure of working with Ed for a few years.
    One of the most respected and intelligent people I have ever known.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  • I am so sorry John to hear about the loss of your brother. There are no words that can really ease the pain but knowing people care and have you in their thoughts and prayers. I hope this sends some comfort in such a challenging time.

  • So long my friend:
    You were the best man to work with and for . I have missed you. Your friendship will always be with me.
    My love and prayers are with Pam and Michaela for your loss. Ed was a good man and friend.

  • I met you at lowes and you were the greatest store manager and friend!!! You were an awesome person ed!!!!!! We will all miss you deeply!!!!!! Kathy

  • The Lord above gave me an overwhelming feeling to search out Ed Downey today 11/5/2020.
    After doing some research, I had found out his work location. After calling the store, the woman had informed me of his passing.

    My Sincere Condolences go out to his family.

    I have not spoken with him in many years.
    He was very instrumental in my career as a Retail Manager at Home Depot and others.
    The world has lost such a great Mentor and overall great person.
    He will be sadly missed.