Michael F. Downs, 52, of Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Hartford Hospital.
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Michael was born on Oct. 24, 1960, in Manchester, son of Maureen (Jerome) Downs of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Manchester, and the late Joseph L. Downs. Michael was raised in Manchester and as a youngster was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He had resided in Vernon for 23 years. Prior to his illness he was employed as a sales representative for Brescome-Barton for over 25 years. Michael was active within the community. He was past chairman of the board for the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a member of BPOE No. 1893 in Manchester, and he was the sales manager for the former Manchester Silkworms baseball team. Michael enjoyed spending time with his dogs, and sharing a "cold one" with his friends.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Michelle Downs of Ellington; his brother, Joseph Downs of Ellington; and many good friends in Ellington and Manchester.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Watkins Funeral Home, 142 E. Center St., Manchester. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tolland County 4-H, 24 Hyde Ave., Vernon, CT 06066.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19, 2013