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Full Name:
John Whidden Downie 2
Full Name:
John W Downie 1
15 Jun 1913 1
15 Feb 2006 1
Place: Dewitt (Syracuse), New York 2
From: about 1946/7 2
To: about 1977/8 2
Last Residence: Asheville, NC 1
General Electric Engineer 2
Born Again Christian 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Fred, Mary, Jim, Tom, Beth, David, Debi 2
Social Security:
Card Issued: Unknown Code (72) 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-5118 1

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Jack Downie was a kind, loving man, who had no enemies. Everyone loved Jack! He was a sanguine of sanguines... very happy and easy-going, always laughing and story-telling. He told awful stories of the fraternity pranks of his college days, and fun stories of his courting of his wife, Helen, when he took racing trips to Ohio to see her on weekends. He was a good and faithful husband, and loving father of 7... he was often wondering if "God wanted them to have just one more!" He loved boats, and the seas... and the Church and his God!

Winsome for Christ Jesus

Syracuse, NY

Soon after moving to Syracuse, NY from Schenectady, home of General Electric, Jack and Helen decided to raise their children in church (as Helen had been in Ohio) and they set out to find a church... How to choose?   They decided to find one that taught the whole Bible, and settled for some years in South Presbyterian Church of Syracuse.  Soon after joining there, Syracuse hosted a Billy Graham Crusade at the War Memorial, and Jack and Helen volunteered to become Counselors.   He told me that they never really understood, or knew Christ personally, until then, but after 1953, they were very much "on fire" for Christ, and He invaded most of their conversations.  Jack loved to have long conversations about his faith.  He loved to discuss eschatology, and thereby brought me to faith, in my teens.  They kept my brother and me when our parents were sent to Europe the winter of '53, and he taught me much.  They sent their kids to the best of Christian summer camps, and to Christian colleges when possible.   He was always trying to win others to the Lord.

Jack Downie was my dad. He was the most amazing man I have ever known. I was the last of the 7 (actually there were 8 of us, my oldest brother died after living only 3 days). I got to hold his hand when he died - the biggest privilege I could ever ask for - a comfort to his old age. The way he raised us and loved us continues to bless me and my brothers and sisters and all of our children to this day. He and my mom loved us, lived the Gospel in front of us, then launched us with confidence and anticipation. He had a childlike curiosity and a very quick and dry humor. He stood in awe of His God and trusted Him completely. He did not worry or fret (my mom did that for him ;). He believed that he was the most blessed man on earth. He was joyful, engaged, and had a servant's heart. He loved to help people. He pursued and cared for whoever God brought to him. I want to be like him. He is my hero and I can't wait to see him again!

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