John David Downie “Dave”

After a long and valiant battle with cancer, John David DOWNIE (Dave) left this world behind, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the age of 60, and was called Home by his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He was born on June 29, 1959; and is survived by his wife and best friend Pam, married for over 33 years; his cherished children: Peter, Nathan (Kassy), and Drew, and his precious grandchildren Mila and Baby Downie; his father Allan Downie; and his sisters Kathy (John) Geerts and Tricia (Mario) Piccinin. Dave has been reunited with his mother Jean Downie, in Heaven. Funeral arrangements entrusted to: Life Transitions, Chatham. Cremation has taken place. A graveside Service will be held at the West Bothwell Cemetery at a later date. Family and friends will be invited to the Dawn-Euphemia Community Centre, 6213 Mill Street in Florence, for a time of fellowship and where a formal Celebration of Life Service at a later date. In Dave’s memory, please consider donating to: Emmanual Christian Church, Newbury, or to Victoria’s Quilts Canada.

I have attended this place of worship for the past 32+ years. We may be small in number, but the Word of God is preached faithfully each Sunday. The Pastor is Ken Willis. I have also preached the occasional sermon. We have been able to make donations to the local food bank; as well as to several ministries, particularly to bless Israel. The church is located at 15 Broadway Street in Newbury, and the contact number is 519-693-4992. Thank you for considering making a donation to this church.
VICTORIA’S QUILTS CANADA I’ve chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help. From a humble beginning in October 1999, volunteers now provide nearly 6,000 quilts yearly to Canadian cancer patients. Their quilts provide physical and spiritual comfort, to those confident to know that they are not alone in their health struggles. I can personally testify to feeling the quilt’s warmth, as I went through chemo in an icy hospital environment. Thanks for supporting this worthy cause. For more information contact:; or phone (613)843-9212.

32 Comments on “John David Downie “Dave””

  1. I want to send my sincere condolences. He was a good man. Gone way to early in our timetable but his joy is now full in the presence of Jesus

  2. Sending my sincere condolences To Dave’s family. Dave was my Sunday school /Youth teacher. He was a great support to a group of us sharing his love of God and taking us on fun outings and encouraging us to be good humans. 35+ years later I still look at those memories fondly. I know Dave will be greatly missed! Sandra and Brian Pappas (Cross)

  3. You faught a tough fight dear will be greatly missed by all of us..say hello to aunt Jean and mom for me..pam….boys…I only wish at your time of need we could give more than virtual hugs and condolences..our hearts are crying with you all..see you all soon…❤❤❤❤

  4. Condolences to the whole Downie family during this difficult time.Dave was a great guy who always had wonderful words of wisdom.May you find peace in wonderful memories of him.

  5. We met Dave & all of the Downie clan, shortly after we moved out to the Newbury area.
    He was a strong man of Faith.
    Blessings and Peace for his family through this time.

  6. Sending our sincere sympathy to Dave’s entire family. Thinking of you all in these difficult days and those ahead.
    Burton and Robin Powers & Boys.

  7. Our sincere sympathy to all Daves’ family . He was always so positive and fought a long hard fight… everyone take care…Linda and Denis

  8. My deepest condolences Pam and Boys. Dave was a very special man who put serving the Lord high on his list of duties. Dave would share his faith with anyone at anytime. My later husband Gary Henderson found Dave an inspiration. Dave leaves behind a great legacy behind. He now can rest in the arms of his loving servant.

  9. Our Condolences to the Downie family . Dave was a brave and gentle man, I had the chance to gain a good friendship with him .
    May he rest in piece.

  10. Our thoughts and prayers to the family, at this difficult time.
    Ron and Linda Havens and family

  11. My deepest condolences to the Downie family. I know how hard it is to watch your loved one battle through this deadly disease and you are never totally prepared for their passing! Dave will be greatly missed b family & friends. Please find some comfort in knowing my prayers are with you all!

  12. I will miss Dave’s posts that kept us connected to the Downie family. Our sincerest sympathy to the entire family, Sincerely, Lynne and Hugh Palmer

  13. Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Downie family ❤️

  14. Our condolences to Pam boys and families. Dave was a man after Gods own heart and has now heard well done my faithful servant. May Gods peace be with you all.

  15. Allan, Pam and boys, Kathy and Trish and families
    We are so sorry to hear of your deep loss. He will be greatly missed by all! Wayne and I are keeping you in our prayers during these trying days.
    Wayne and Mary Jane Lambrecht

  16. great man who loved the lord , enjoyed talking with him through facebook and in person will be missed by me , my prayers go out to pam and the family

  17. My deepest and most sincere condolences to Pam and family. I only knew Dave for a few shorts years, him being my boys’ bus driver and then him giving me his bus route when I became a bus driver. He was very kind and would always take the time out of his way to speak to me. He will be missed.

  18. Pam, Peter Nathan, Drew, Allen and families,
    We were so sad to hear of Dave’s passing. We have many fond hockey memories with your family. Dave was such a great guy, he will be missed!
    Out thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    John and Maria van Lith and Family

  19. Allan and Pam and Family
    We are so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. You will miss him, but good memories will aid you through this difficult time.
    We will keep you in our prayers.
    Dave and Lynn Annett and family

  20. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Downie family ….Janet, Jesse & Dalton Loveday ❤️

  21. My sympathy and prayers are with each and everyone of the Downie families on the loss of Dave. May you find comfort during these times.

  22. Allan Pam and family.
    We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.
    Thoughts and prayers to all.
    Veronica Sewell. Lorraine Meredith. Jim Kelly

  23. Thinking of you Pam and your family and Allan at this very difficult moment. I was so, so sorry to read of Dave’s passing. He was such a pleasant man and I always looked forward to our visits when I saw him for his eye exams. I will always remember the Downie family, and especially Dave and his mom Jean.

  24. Dear Pam and Family

    Sorry for the loss of your husband. I was not aware that you are our exercise girl and a sister of Joyce. Treasure all your fun memories.

    Thamesville Happy Club

  25. Allan, Pam and family
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of each of you during this difficult time.

  26. I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your husband you are in my prayers and I knew him from cairo going to church there he was a great man and will be greatly missed

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