Michael Lawrence Downing; Age 54, died peacefully in his sleep on August 20th, 2020. Born June 21, 1966 to Laurie and Robert Downing. Michael is survived by his wife Dawnalee, his children Samantha Bullock, Jacqueline Kielty, Alexandra Kielty and James Downing. He was a brother to his three sisters and their husbands: Laurie Doane, Nancy & Bob Bocock, Lynne & Bill Allen and his many nieces and nephews.
Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Over the course of his many years of service he earned the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star and numerous other respectfully earned awards. He retired as a decorated Staff Sergeant. Michael's experiences in the Army played an important role in his life. He always believed that the camaraderie with his battle brothers was very important and that maintaining those relationships was imminent. He always prioritized making people feel valuable and heard. Michael was known for his sharp wit paired with a very special sense of humor. He will be remembered as a selfless and humble man who’s generosity knew no bounds.These are only a few of the reasons he was loved and admired by so many.
Michael was a man of many interests, he loved riding his Harley Davidson, playing a round of golf and even goal tending on his sled hockey team. He had a lifelong passion for hunting and enjoyed spending time at Reedy’s Archery. He had an innate connection to his farm and spent a great deal of time being a compassionate caretaker of his animals.
Michael was an avid supporter of numerous Veterans causes and groups, which he took sincere pride in helping pay things forward for future generations of veterans that shared his love and commitment to this country.
Visiting hours on Tuesday (August 25, 2020) from 5-9 PM in the O'Neill Funeral Home, 59 Peirce Street (corner of School Street) Middleboro.
Funeral procession leaves the funeral home on Wednesday (August 26, 2020) at 8:30 AM.
Military Honors will be rendered in the Massachusetts National Cemetery at 9:30 AM.
Due to floral restrictions at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, donations can be made to the following Veterans Organizations:
Homes For Our Troops
Boston Wounded Vet Run
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