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Dr. William G. Downes III A resident of San Jose Dr. William G. Downes III (affectionately called "Bill" by his friends and family) died between 12:00 and 1:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital. First diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009, Bill fought the disease valiantly for 5 years but medicine was unable to stop its progress. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1932 and had a brother and sister. Educated as a Dentist, Bill started in private practice during which he had Katherine Hepburn as one of his patients. Later on he worked for Aetna Health Company and was invited to become Vice President of dentist evaluation company here in California. His family consisted of sons and a daughter of which he was very proud. Bill's love of music and his deep Bass-Baritone voice contributed to many church and community choirs, especially the San Jose Symphony Choir directed by Leroy Kromm, with which he tours the Scandinavian Countries and St. Petersburg, Russia. His male quartet Vintage Harmonies frequently entertained at retirement homes and other social occasions in the south bay area. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 17 years Marina Downes. Memorial Services were held at Stone Presbyterian Church, 1937 Lincoln Ave., Willow Glen, Ca. on Sunday, Dec. 21st at 2 p.m.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News on Dec. 25, 2014
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