Phillip Eric Downey
(1959 - 2009)

Phillip Eric Downey

Ohio, United States of America
August 23, 1959

Maryland, United States of America
February 12, 2009

Phillip Eric Downey was born August 23, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Dayton Public Schools; graduating from Patterson Coop High School.
After graduatiing from high school, Phil signed up for the U.S. Marines. He was stationed at Paris Island, South Carolina where he later became Drill Sergent.
Phil married Nina Moore on Paris Island, where they were surrounded by many family members and a host of friends. Phil soon left the Marines and became a police officer for the Prince George County Police Department. A few years into being "one of Prince George County's finest", he was struck with bad news. The doctors found a tumor on Phil's brain, which after agonizing over the possibilities of what could happen, Phil decided to go ahead with the surgery to have the malignant tumor removed. After pulling thru the surgery the news was that he would have to learn to do things all over again (which we take for granted daily). He had to learn to feed himself, walk, write and learn to speak again.
With never-ending determination, Phil took one step at a time, and with the help of his wife, family, other friends and the "rest of PG County's Finest", he made it.
After his recovery he got a job as Building Inspector with Prince George's County, where he worked up until his death. Phil also remained in the military (which he loved) by being apart of the Air Force Reserve. At his death he was in the process of finalizing his affairs and heading to San Antonio for a training program.
Phil was a guy you could be comfortable talking to, and just being around him was quite an experience (non-stop laughter). If you knew how Phil loved to make people laugh then you knew Phil quite well. Phil had so many wonderful qualities and a heart as big as outdoors. But, nothing would compare to how he would talk about his boys, Chris and Eric. He was so proud of them and loved them so much. It's not easy bringing up young men in todays world, but Phil knew when to put his foot down and I'm sure we call can say, he did a great job.
Phil will be deeply missed by many but none more so than his siblings that he has left behind. He will always be remembered and will continue to put smiles on all our faces.

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Wow. Condolences to the Downey family. After my bootcamp, Philip was my 1st boyfriend. He was a very kind man to me and I am so sorry for your loss.
tammy marine (ex girlfriend)
September 30th, 2010
I remember when a number of family members went on a cruise a few years ago. There was one particular evening when Uncle Phil hung out with a few of the younger family members, such as myself, my sister Kim, her husband, and a few others. We were all over the cruise ship, laughing, having a few drinks, just having a blast on vacation. So, the night is now coming to a very late end and Uncle Phil was still "hanging", so all of us decide to go to the late might pizza buffet. While waiting for our food, the comedian on Phil came out in fill force!!! He had joke after joke after joke, I swear I couldn't breath!!! He was hilarious, and made that night a blast! That is just one of my great memories of my uncle, always wanting to put a smile on your face. Love and miss you uncle.
Kelly Tann (Neice)
February 12th, 2010
Life is a big journey and very unpredictable. Phil was more than a co-worker to me, he was like a brother to me. I missed Phil's jokes and warm character.I know that he is in a better place now,til we all meet again. May his soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.
Ben Obi (Co -Worker)
August 20th, 2009
I was 11 yrs old when Phil was born, but had I been asked, "What would you want in a brother", I don't think I could have put in words what we received in the person we all know as Phil Downey. In my entire 49 years spent as his "sis", we never argued, been mad at or with each other. We've cried together, hugged each other as if there was no tomorrow, talked about everything and laughed until our sides hurt. He was the sweetest man I know. He had a heart of gold, even with that tough exterior, he was a softie. He touched many!
I am going to miss him so much. I thank God for giving him to me - to us.

His big sis,
Linda Tann (Sister)
February 14th, 2009
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February 14th, 2009
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"It's been one year and I can still hear Phil's laughter after telling a joke. It's been a tough year without you Phil. Love and miss you!"
Linda Tann
February 12th, 2010
"Thanks Uncle Phil for the best jokes in the world and always making me laugh!!!"
Kelly Tann
February 12th, 2010
"Thank you Phil for all the love and smiles you gave me."
Linda Tann
February 15th, 2009


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