John G. Dowd
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John G. Dowd

Binghamton - John Dowd passed peacefully surrounded by family on May 6th 2019. Originally from Rochester New York, John was the son of Irish immigrants John and Mary Dowd (predeceased). He grew up in Rochester, New York second of four siblings Rosemary Donoghue (predeceased), Kevin Dowd (predeceased) and Sheila Dowd of Rochester. He was the first of his family to be born in America, and was proud of his Irish heritage. John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patti and their four children John (Elizabeth) Dowd, Margaret (Richter) Yeske, Keenan Dowd and Coleman Hause and his five grandchildren Emmie, Sophie and Johnny Dowd, Elizabeth and Alexandra Yeske. John attended Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school and was a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School where he was an exceptional student athlete. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame (1976) where, as a freshman, he walked on to the wrestling team, and through dedication and perseverance he became team captain. He served on the Board of Directors for the University of Notre Dame Monogram Club from 1991-1996, and was President of The Notre Dame Club of the Triple Cities. He was a lifetime fan of the Fighting Irish.

John graduated from Albany Law School in1979, and began his 40 year law career at Hinman, Howard and Kattell in Binghamton, NY. While working, he received his Master of Law in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 2003 and later enjoyed a decade of independent practice. He was Former Chair, NYS Workers Compensation Board Practices & Procedures Committee and Board Member of the Blind Workers Association and a board member of the Binghamton University Athletic Council. He loved his work as a means to help others and serve his community.

John's passion for Catholic education and athletics was a driving force in his life. He served as President and Board Member for the Catholic Education Foundation. John was also the Founder of the Don Hengel Memorial Classic to benefit Catholic Schools of Broome County, which supports scholarships and tuition assistance for students. He and wife Patti coined the Green Tie Dinner, to celebrate and benefit Catholic education. In 2005 he reestablished the Seton Lacrosse Team. One of his greatest joys in life was to watch his youngest son participate in Seton Lacrosse and he remained a dedicated booster and fan for life. John's greatest love in life is his family and enjoying time together at the Lake. His laughter, quick wit and sparkle in his eyes will be dearly missed. John walked his faith every day and now he walks with the Lord for eternity.

A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. James Church, Main Street, Johnson City, Friday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in White Haven Memorial Park, Pittsford, NY. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. In Lieu of flowers donations to the Catholic Education Foundation of the Southern Tier, 70 Seminary Avenue Binghamton, NY 13905 would be his wish. Please visit their link https://csbcsaints.org/give/ to make a donation online.





Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 8 to May 9, 2019.
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I said it a year ago and it will always remain the same in my heart! John was a big lovable teddy bear with a boundless capacity to pass his good fortune and loving family values on to others! I can only pray for his profound peace in Heaven and that his family stays strong in his absence; remembering always how proud they should be of the work he so unselfishly did here on earth! Sincerely with abiding love, Tommy Springer Jr.
Thomas Springer
May 3, 2021
Dear Patty, May you hold him in your heart,
Patricia Nirchi
May 2, 2020
JD We are here in the midst of a catastrophic event as I know you know . We see Patti regularly and talk of you and the great memories ..It is not who for it is You , your presence , your wit , your kindness , YOU my great friend are missed .
FREDERICK RUSSELL
Friend
May 2, 2020
I was saddened to hear about Johns passing. We were friends in high school. I watched many a wrestling match that he participated in, and often won.
We would also sit outside the McQuaid gym listening to the bands that were playing for many of the dances and talk the whole time.
I will always remember his smile and his kindness.
Margie Ryan-VerColen
May 17, 2019
Patti, Keenan and family,

I looked forward every year to working with John and you on the Hengel program and was honored he asked me. He was a real joy to know and I am deeply sorrowed by his passing. Heaven has a new joy to converse with for sure. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paul Marinaro
May 16, 2019
Dear Patti,

Rick and I were so saddened to hear about John's passing. He was our first lawyer in Binghamton and his sense of humor and kindness will be missed.

Sincerest sympathies,
Rick and Lynne Lacey
May 14, 2019
My sincere sympathy for the passing of such a remarkable man, husband, grandfather, friend, lawyer,counselor and man of God. May His spirit of love, light, peace, and joy surround you with His peace.
Lori Marchell Carlsen
May 13, 2019
Even tho John was a young man at the time (1992) he gave us the BEST suggestion for workman's comp. Very sorry for your loss
joyce gioia
May 12, 2019
Johnny Dowd grew up on the same street as the Spingers...Rhinecliff Drive. He was my gramar school and high school neighbor and friend! He had a heart as big as all outdoors! I remember one year at a McQuaid reunion we were having dinner at Oak Hill C.C. and I made a point of complimenting his snazzy golf themed necktie. Not two weeks went by and I received the identical gift wrapped tie from Binghamton! That was Johnny Dowd...one of the great ones! God's speed John, you will be sorely missed! Love always...Tommy Springer Jr.
Thomas Springer
May 11, 2019
We are very sorry for you and your family's loss. John will be missed by many.
Nick and Patty (Nirchi) Rano
Patrician Nirchi
May 11, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 10, 2019
Patti and Keenan, I was so surprised when I looked at the press website only to find Johns obituary. I am living at an assisted living facility in Canandaigua after having back surgery and a bout with sepsis which left me unable to walk.
When I think of our time at St. Catherines, your family always comes to mind. Those were happy days with John and Keenan and Johns sense of humor.
Knowing his Irish sense of humor and the Catholic faith instilled by his family and the Catholic principles that he learned from his education, heaven is truly more fun as he sits in the palm of Gods hand.
He was surely a great man.
Mary Ellen Meskell
Friend
May 10, 2019
Patti and Family. On behalf of the Notre Dame Club of the Triple Cities I want to offer our sincere condolences on John's passing. He was a true representative of Our Lady's University and carried the unique Notre Dame spirit in everything he did. I hope he is chatting with Father Ted, Knute and Ara and offering them his sage advice. There is no greater honor than saying He Was A Notre Dame Man
David Whalen
May 9, 2019
a loved one
May 9, 2019
Patti, Keenan and family, our loving thoughts and prayers are with you all, Deb King and family
Deb King
May 9, 2019
Dear Patti and family.We were so sorry to hear of John!'s passing.We have fond memory's of you guys at Seton,,with LAX and all.I enjoyed conversations we had ..I will long remember his quick,wit..May God bless you and your family at this most difficult of times..Rest in peace my friend Dick,Barb and Emily Edwards
mr & Mrs Richard Edwards
May 9, 2019
Neal Dunoff
May 9, 2019
John will always be a good friend and Attorney.
I will always appreciate the help , friendship and support he gave and showed to my sons as they bought there first homes .
May he rest in peace.
Ed Miller
May 9, 2019
a loved one
May 9, 2019
Dear Dowd family,
We are saddened by the news of John's passing.
He played a big part in our daughter Abby's transition from public school to Seton Catholic Central. Pat missed seeing him daily at the post office since our move out of state. Praying for you all at this sad time.

Patrick and Angela Harrington
Morrisville, Vermont
May 9, 2019
Danny Romano
May 9, 2019
We were lucky enough to know John for almost 40 years and a truer friend you could never find. Our family was all made just a little better because of him and we are confident that he has found "a little tailgate party" up north and is telling his tales to a captive audience ...all prayers for his family as we all would have loved to keep him around for a much longer time!!!
Pat and Diane Mckillen
May 9, 2019
To John's family:

On behalf of all of John's teammates on the Albany Law Rugby Club, the basketball team John Dowd AFH and his classmates, our condolences, prayers and love. God bless
BILL PULOS
May 9, 2019
Our attorney, back in the day! May God bless his soul.

Frank and Cris Broderick
Christina Broderick
May 9, 2019
Patti and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all, Eve and John DiMenna
May 9, 2019
Love you Keenan, Patti, and the entire Dowd family.

John Dowd was a driving force in my life and our community for many years. It is thanks to him that I had so many opportunities as a young man. If there was ever a person need, John was the first to extend his hand I was privileged to witness this, by his side, from the ages 16 to 25.

I remain inspired by his incredible charm, quick wit, and enduring competitiveness. I look forward to keeping those "Dowder" qualities and his memory strong!
Nicholas Wan
May 8, 2019
Patti and family

So sorry to hear of John's passing.
He was one in a million.
Rest In Peace my friend
Fran Sullivan
May 8, 2019
PATTI & FAMILY ,
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE OFFERED TO THE FAMILY .
MAY HE REST IN PEACE .
REMEMBER PSALM 23 .
Bill & Bev Lane
May 8, 2019
Pattie & family,
John was a special guy. Always had an opinion but was quick to laugh when you disagreed. He loved N.D. and Seton Catholic and did much for both.
Our condolences to you and your family. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Bill & Debbie O'Brien
Pawleys Island, SC
Bill & Debbie O'Brien
May 8, 2019
a loved one
May 8, 2019
Patti and family,
Praying for you and the family, so sorry to hear of John's home going.
Ann and Mark Smith
May 8, 2019
So saddened to hear about John's passing, I am glad I knew him and my thoughts and prayers to all of his family at this time and always. Go Irish!
Thomas Martin
May 8, 2019
To the John G. Dowd Family ~ Our heartfelt condolences and a debt of gratitude for the many years of council and assistance through life's most difficult times. Sincerely, Denise M. Dean & Martin R. Beloch
May 8, 2019
As President of the Catholic Schools of Broome County I came to know John as a dedicated and caring advocate for Catholic education in the Southern Tier. He worked tirelessly to raise significant funds to ensure that the system's comprehensive academic portfolio was complimented with dynamic programs in art, music and athletics. John enthusiastically championed the values-centered curriculum that promotes faith, ethics and justice. His unyielding involvement played a pivotal role in securing the future of Catholic education in our region. John will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him but he certainly won't be forgotten.
Richard Bucci
May 8, 2019
Patti, So sorry to hear of your husbands passing . May all the wonderful memories you shared sustain you and your family during such a difficult time . Our thought and prayers are with you.
Nancy and Chuck Demaree
May 8, 2019
Patti and Dowd Family,

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our deepest felt condolences go to extended family and friends of John going through this difficult time. We know Family meant a lot to John and may you find the strength and love in Family to help and support each other. God Bless John Dowd.

Mary Honoria Kilcline
Enzo Fregonese
Mississauga, Ontario
May 8, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with John's family and dear friends.
Elease and Michael Stewart
May 8, 2019
a loved one
May 8, 2019
Patti and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. God bless you in the next few days and months as you grieve and celebrate and celebrate John's life.
Love to you Patti
April Bump
May 8, 2019
a loved one
May 8, 2019
Patti and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. It has been an honor knowing and working with John for nearly three decades at the WCB. He was a warm and compassionate human being, as well as fine attorney. Our thoughts are with you and the family.
Ray & Fran Doyle
May 8, 2019
Dear Patti and kids, I am so sorry for your (and our) loss. John was a precious friend and colleague who never hesitated when asked to help with this or that, big or small. I never could quite decide what was bigger, his smile or his heart. He is and will remain sorely missed. Much love.
Ken Krigstein
May 8, 2019
a loved one
May 8, 2019
Our family was blessed to know him.
His loss is felt deeply.
Your family is in our prayers,
Keith and Jennifer Redmore
May 8, 2019
a loved one
May 8, 2019
John, Liz and family, our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad.
-the Choe family
May 8, 2019
Patti & family,

We were so sad to hear of John's passing. He was a great man with a grand presence and always brought a smile. He will truly be missed. Our condolences to all of you.

The Carlin family
May 8, 2019
Patti & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great man and will be missed. Praying for comfort for you and your family during this time.
Debby Pietrosanti (Kingdon)
May 8, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about John's passing. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Laura and John Maerkl
May 8, 2019
The Dowd Family
" A friend like no other . Together forever and never to be forgotten .John is now counsel to the LORD who called him for guidance and a tip or 2 on the putting green . From the Russell Family , you JD have left a life of memories . Until we meet again.. WE Love yOU
Fred / Debbie Russell
May 8, 2019
Patti and family, My heart is saddened for your loss, I know your love for each other will help you get through this most difficult time, and your strong faith will sustain you, I will keep all of you in my prayers.....Michelle Warne, Binghamton NY
michelle warne
May 8, 2019
Donna and I both mourn the passing of my classmate at Albany Law (where John was captain of a student basketball team known as "John Dowd and a few humans." A no-nonsense, thoroughly professional practitioner, John was a credit to the profession, and a warm, caring human being. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Fred and Donna Burr
May 8, 2019
Patti- It is with sadness and love I send my deepest condolences to you and your beautiful family. John was my very first friend when I first moved to the Binghamton area and we've remained dear friends for over 30 years. I will cherish the wonderful memories of working & volunteering for the Catholic Schools of Broome County. There will never be another John Dowd! John's memory, wit, humor and love for the Lord will live in our hearts forever.

God Bless You All.
Teresa (&Tom) Corino
May 8, 2019
Patti and family,
I am saddened by the loss of this fine man. The Binghamton area has lost one of its best! I have always been grateful for John honoring my Dad by founding the Don Hengel Memorial Tournament for Seton's athletics.
Jim Hengel and family
Jim Hengel
May 8, 2019
Patti,
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. My condolences. Leslie ( Dahlgren) Lipski
Leslie Lipski
May 7, 2019
Patti and family, sincere condolences to you all. Hoping all your wonderful memories are of some comfort at this time. RIP John.
Carol and Ed Slick
May 7, 2019
We were very sorry to read this. We send our heartfelt condolences. We will always remember John as a man who clearly loved his family. Please know that he will always be remembered for his kindness and his dedication to doing what was right.
Colin & Suzanne FitzGerald
May 7, 2019
Our prayers are with all of you at this time. RIP John. God Bless. The Grassi's.
Monrie and Oat Grasdi
May 7, 2019
Patti and family,

Colleen and I are so saddened to hear of John's loss. He was a special friend to so many and was always available with good counsel, a warm nature, and great humor. He leaves a legacy of a loving family, a steward of the law, and his unwavering faith. He did so much for so many. He will be missed. When I think of John I will smile! We pray for you all during this most difficult time.
John and Colleen Fitzsimmons
May 7, 2019
i'm So very sorry for your loss. I will remember John as a gentleman with a very Irish sense of humor, he was always a pleasure to chat with at sporting events with the kids. Most certainly gone too soon. Linda ball
Linda Ball
May 7, 2019
My sincere condolences to his family. I only knew him a short time, but I feel fortunate to have met him. He was a very nice and good man.
Jessica Raymond
May 7, 2019
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