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    5 year old, Michael Downing, the son of the Late FF. John Downing, FDNY L-163, who was killed at the 2001 Fathers Day Fire, passed away Oct 20, after his battle with Neuroblastoma.

    Friends may visit the family at the Kennedy-Roth Funeral Home, 41-45 58th St., Woodside, NY, Wednesday and Thursday 2-5 and 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday 10:30am at the St. Sebastian RC Church.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made in Michael's name to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Pediatrics at MSKCC 1275 York Ave., NY, NY 10021, or the NYC Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, 21 Asch Loop Bronx, NY 10475.

    To his mother Anne I can only wish you strength.
    Last edited by E229Lt; 10-22-2003, 04:06 PM.

  • #2
    My heart goes out to Mrs. Downing ..... I'm am so sorry for her loss. Losing a husband is a big blow in itself but to lose your child a short time later ...... awful. My prayers are with Anne and her family to help them through this trying time.
    To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.

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    • #3
      Words escape me on this. My prayers are with the Downing family.
      In Arduis Fidelis
      Faithful in Adversity


      • #4

        Thoughts and Prayers with the family at this time.
        Steve Dude
        IACOJ member

        London Fire Brigade...."Can Do"

        'Irony'... It's a British thing.


        • #5
          My prayers and thoughts go to the Downing family.

          I.A.C.O.J. Firefighter/EMT-B

          "I'm gonna drill a hole in your skull and pump out all the stupidity"
          Gunny Ermey

          "Never underestimate the Power of Stupid People in Large Groups"

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          • #6
            My thoughts and prayers to the Downing family.
            If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

            "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

            "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

            Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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            • #7
              To the Downing Family, I send my deepest condolences, and my thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you.
              Shawn M. Cecula
              IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS


              • #8
                My deepest condolences to the Downing family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

                Rest in peace Michael


                • #9
                  Sleep with angels sweet Michael

                  My deepest sympathies to the his mother Anne, the Downing family and their FDNY L-163 family.
                  September 11th - Never Forget

                  I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                  Honorary Flatlander

                  RAY WAS HERE FIRST


                  • #10
                    My condolences and heart felt sympathy goes to the Downing family!


                    • #11
                      There are some who will say that God makes things happen for a reason. I can only imagine that God has amazing things planned for Mrs. Downing that will utilize the strength she will surely have developed by that time.

                      Play joyfully in Gods garden sweet child, free of pain and despair. Smile down on your mother while holding your fathers hand and protect her. Send her your love in every new blossom that blooms, your laughter in the joyful song of a bird, your caress in the touch of raindrops on her cheek.

                      My sincere condolences on your loss and pain.


                      • #12
                        Another little hero joins the FDNY's Heaven Battalion...
                        ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                        Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY


                        • #13
                          Rest in peace, little brother. The Downing family will be in our thoughts and prayers this day and many more to come.
                          Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
                          Structures Specialist, MD-TF 1

                          These statements are mine and mine alone
                          I.A.C.O.J. Building crust and proud of it


                          • #14
                            I cannot image the pain and sorrow of loosing both a spouse and child within such a short period of time.

                            The only consolation is that He and his father are together again where joy and happiness reigns.

                            My thoughts and prayers to the family.

                            If you don't respond.....who will

                            IACOJ EMS Bureau Member
                            IACOJ Member


                            • #15
                              My thoughts and prayers are with the Downing family. May Micheal and his Father rest together in peace.
                              Jeremy Culver
                              IACOJ Bureau of EMS

                              These views are my own and do not represent the views or opinions of anyambulance service that I am affiliated with.

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