Richard A. ("Dicky") Downs

Born: Mon., Sep. 29, 1930
Died: Tue., Feb. 19, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 22, 2013
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Feb. 23, 2013
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 23, 2013
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Douglas- Richard A. "Dicky" Downs, 82, of South St. died Tues. Feb. 19 at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Shirley A. (Farrar) Downs; 2 daughters Kathy and her husband John Brosnahan and Susan Leuci; 2 grandchildren Ashley Leuci and Timothy Brosnahan all of Douglas. He is also survived by his sister Virginia Tanca of Hollywood FL; a brother Robert Downs of Needham; and also many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Born in Whitinsville on Sept. 29, 1930 he was son of  Harry A. and M Elizabeth (Balcome) Downs and lived in Douglas all his life.
                  Richard was a lifelong dairy farmer.  He received the Worcester County Dairyman of the Year award in 1977 and was named Massachusetts Dairyman of the year in 1978. He was  involved in his community as a member of the Douglas Conservation Commission for 30 years, as an animal inspector for 22 years, a transfer station employee for 16 years, as well as a member of the Douglas Planning Board. Richard also was a Worcester County 4H Trustee,  a Grange member and former Master of the Douglas Grange, and he was chairman of the Blackstone Valley 4H Fair.
                  Richard enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching the Red Sox, square dancing, bowling, gardening, and reading western books. He loved his horses and also leaves behind his beloved 4- legged companion "Bear".
                  His funeral service will be held on Sat. Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St.. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be Fri. Feb. 22 from 4-7 p.m. and Sat. Feb. 23 from 10-11 a.m. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's memory may be made to Central MA Hospice; 191 Pakachoag St. Auburn MA 01501. To leave a condolence message please visit

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John Swift
   Posted Wed February 20, 2013
To THE DOWNS FAMILY For the years I new dickey I thought he was a great man.he was a very funny person who you could joke and laugh with and he allways made you smile.though the Holidays that we spent together was a cherise that I will never foreget you will be surely missed. love John

Barbara Brochu
   Posted Thu February 21, 2013

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Barbara Brochu

Ron & Sue Reardon
   Posted Thu February 21, 2013
Shirley: Ron & I want to express our Deepest Sympathies for the loss of a very dear friend for many years. We keep you and your family in prayer for the Lord to give you strength to continue on your Journey of Life. May God Bless you!
Ron & Sue

Don, Leona and Megan Miller
   Posted Fri February 22, 2013
Dear Shirley, Kathy and Sue Dicky was a good guy and we will miss him, especially at hayin time.Our prayers are with all of you. Don,Leona and Megan Miller Walnut St Douglas Ma.

Paul and Carmella D'Ambra
   Posted Fri February 22, 2013
To Shirley, Susan, Kathy and family,

We send our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Paul and Carmella D'Ambra

Beverly Marmorstein
   Posted Sat February 23, 2013
Mrs. Downs and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. He remains with all he knew in many ways and I believe he will guiding us still. I will particularly miss seeing him walking with Bear and recall he was the first person I met when I moved to Douglas. God Bless.

Cynthia Columbo
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
Dickie was a great guy. he Helped Carl (Furno) and I went we were married. Carl would go over and help Dickie deliver the Calves. sometimes Carl would bring one home for me to raise. We ended up with seven cows from Dickies herd. He would give me the best advise for my horses and Cows how to raise healthy animals. For the 12 years I had horses and Cows I never had a farm call. they never got sick. He was a really good man, he will be missed among the comunity. Prayers to his family...

Diane and Bob Galli
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Shirley, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. Diane (Bolen) Galli and Bob Galli

Carol Field
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
We will never forget how instrumental Dick was when we first moved to Douglas, and building our home. We will never forget his kindness. Our sympathies to the family.
Carol and John Field

Lucy Johnson
   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
I remember taking my own container into the barn and dispensing raw milk. Always excellent and a beautiful routine to now look back on. My older two kids, particularly, remember knowing (no matter which way the wind blew) when Dicky was plowing his fields. We lived only a few minutes away. Funny how times change.

Sedgwick, Maine has done what no other town in the United States has done. The town unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” This includes raw milk, locally slaughtered meats, and just about anything else you can imagine. It’s also a decided bucking of state and federal laws.

Sorry to hear of Dicky's passing. He was such a fine person.

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