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DOWNING, William C. Sr. 70 years old, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday evening, Nov. 22, 2013. Born in Corning, NY, son of the late Elroy and Aleene (Beeman) Downing. He has been a Taunton resident for the past 7years, previously living in Norton. Bill was a US Army veteran and was a full time technician for the US Army Reserves in NY. He was the Mass State Commander of the American Legion in 2002, Norton American Legion Post #222, Chaplain and is the present Chaplain for the 40 & 8 also of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife Lauri Beckernam-Dowing and his children William C Downing, Jr., Thomas Downing, Rick Beckerman, Jay Beckerman, Agnes Tatro, Michelle Williams, Ann Bell, Heather Downing and Lauren Beckerman, and also Pete Tatro, Tim Bell, Kenneth Williams. He is the brother of Jane Kay Clare and her husband Earl, and Ann Taylor and her husband Les. Bill is the grandfather of Jazmin, Jennifer, Zachary, Phoebe, Olivia, Sarah, Myles, Bialy and Cher. Bill is the uncle of Laurel, Lynda, Ed and Sara. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave, (Route 138 South) TAUNTON on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 from 10 to 12 Noon followed by a Funeral Service at Noon. Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations in Bills memory may be made to Home for Veterans, Taunton, MA. To light a candle, get directions or to access the memorial register go to www.hathawayfunerals.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 26, 2013
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