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Joseph James Downing

1929 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Joseph James Downing Obituary
Joseph James "J.J." Downing passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Service: Mass of Christian Burial at noon Wednesday, July 9, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills. Interment follows at 2 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, followed by a rosary, at Forest Ridge Funeral Home, 705 Airport Freeway, Hurst. J.J. was born on July 21, 1929, in Boston, Mass. He was raised in the New England area and left home at the age of 17 to enter the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he met the love of his life and married Josephine Salvaggio on Aug. 18, 1951, in Pensacola, Fla. J.J. proudly served his country for 12 years. After leaving the service, J.J. was employed as an air traffic controller for the FAA at DFW International for 20 years, retiring in 1980. Survivors: J.J. is survived by his wife of 62 years, Josephine; sister, Virginia Downing of Bradenton, Fla.; children, David Downing, Steven Downing, Mary Downing Bettes, Kathy Downing Anich and Patty Downing Knox. J.J. is also survived by grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael, Douglas, Benjamin and Josephine "Josie."
Published in Star-Telegram on July 6, 2014
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