CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Gail Nelson Downing, 77, of West St., passed away on Sunday morning, December 1, 2019 at Carthage Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
Gail was born on November 24, 1942 in Carthage, NY, a son to the late John LeRoy and Irene (Champion) Downing. After John Downing’s passing, Irene remarried Gail’s step-father, George Buck Jr. He attended Carthage Central School and went on to work various jobs including, working on a farm for a short time. He did black top construction for his step-father and Theisher Construction. He retired from T.F. Wright & Sons Granite Company as a granite cutter.
On August 25, 1962, Gail married Sharon VerBeck in Great Bend, NY; they were married 67 years.
Gail loved to go fishing, hunting and bowling. But most of all, he loved to spend time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; his children, Tessa Prince, Antwerp, NY; Gail LeRoy Downing, Carthage, NY; two sisters, Marlene (Bob) Landes, Bliarcliff Manor, NY; Linda (John) Moody, Carthage, NY; two step-sisters, Carol Laning, Watertown, NY; Sandy Tilliston, Auburn, NY; seven grandchildren, and nine and three quarters great-grandchildren (one on the way); and many extended family members.
Gail is predeceased by his step-father, George Buck Jr., 2 sons, Billy Joe and Leon Downing, and 2 half-sisters, Diane and Louise Downing.
Gail’s family would like to thank all the loving caregivers from Lewis County Nursing Home and Carthage Center Nursing Home for all their hard work and compassion.
Per the family’s request, there will be no public services for Gail at this time. A Celebration of Life will take place in the spring at the family’s convenience.
Memorial donations may be made in Gail’s name to Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of NNY, Inc., 830 Washington St. Watertown, NY 13601.
Arrangements are entrusted to Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage, NY 13619. Condolences may be posted online a www.lundyfuneralhome.com