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Robert Downes Sr.

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WANAQUE — Services will be held for Robert F. Downes Sr., 78, of this community, who died on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Mr. Downes lived in Montvale before moving to Wanaque. He was a purchasing manager for the New York Telephone Company, where he worked from 1955 to 1990. Subsequently, he was the president and CEO of Downes Tree Service Inc., Hawthorne. He was a member of the Montvale Town Planning Board for many years and a trustee at St. Joseph's Regional High School, Montville, where he was named Man of the Year in 1984. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1953 to 1961, he was a member of the Saddle River Marine Corps League as well.

Arrangements are by the Becker Funeral Home, Westwood. Interment will be at the Cemetery of the Ascension, Airmont, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Mary's Food Parish Pantry, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Mr. Downes is survived by his wife, the former Mary Marron; his children, Kevin Downes, Marie LaDuca, Madeline Henderson, Peter Downes, and Robert Downes; his brother and sister, Thomas and Maryann Downes, of New City, N.Y.; and 16 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Downes and Madeline Taggert; and his sister, Eileen O'Neil.

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