John Downing

Obituary of John Downing

CARTHAGE – John Garfield "Gary" Downing, 72, of South Mechanic St., died early Saturday morning, December 16, 2017 at home, under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Gary was born on May 11, 1945 in Carthage, the son of John Leroy "Roy" and Irene Champion Downing. He was raised and loved by his mother and stepfather, Irene and George Buck Jr. He was employed at his stepfather's blacktopping company. He also worked on a farm and sugar bush for Earl Zehr in Croghan.

He was an avid outdoorsman; he loved fishing and hunting.

Gary is survived by his sister, Marlene (Robert) Landes of Briarcliff Manor, New York; his brother, Gail (Sharon) Downing of Carthage; his sister, Linda (John) Moody, whom he lived with in Carthage; long-time friend, Spike Illingsworth of Carthage; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5:00 -7:00 PM at Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage. A memorial service will immediately follow in the Chapel at 7:00 PM. Spring burial will be held in Hillside Cemetery, West Carthage.

Donations in Gary's memory may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St, Watertown, NY 13601. Condolences can be made online at