He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Class of 1946 and earned his Associate Degree from Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State University. Patrick enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946, and served as Chaplain’s Assistant. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
Patrick married his loving, dedicated wife, Patricia E. (nee Turner) on August 27, 1966 and they raised their two sons and daughter together. He worked at U.S. Steel for over 50 years as a project engineer. Patrick was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Elyria and attended church weekly. He enjoyed fishing and boating with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He lived for his family and was passionate about his country.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Patricia E. Downie; daughter, Lisa (Allen) Dubois; sons, Patrick (Rachel) Downie and Mark (Helen) Downie; grandchildren, Sean and Christopher Dubois and Madeline and Markus Downie; twin sister, Mary Ann “Mae” (Ollie) Treboniak; brother, John F. Downie; and nine nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph and Mary Jane (nee O’Brien) Downie; and sister, Elizabeth “Betty” (Richard) Svat.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961, Monday, April 21, 2014, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 P.M. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 9:20 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A.M., Tuesday, at St. Peter’s Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, with Father Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, as the Celebrant. Christian burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, with military honors, by the U.S. Army.
Memorial donations may be made to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1404 E. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114 or Little Sisters of the Poor, 4291 Richmond Rd., Cleveland, OH 44122. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com