Vincent Downs Obituary, Death – Vincent Downs of Pasadena, Maryland has unexpectedly passed away. On November 25th, in the city of New York, Charles and Helen (Norkus) Downs became parents to their son Vince. They welcomed him into the world there. On October 30, 1953, he and Eva St. Clair exchanged their vows and became husband and wife. They had the joy of welcoming five children into the world: four daughters and a son. In 1955, he enrolled at the University of Cincinnati and earned a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Management by taking part in a work-study program that was sponsored by General Electric. He had the opportunity to do so because of his participation in the program.
Vince, who had a strong desire to be of service to others, devoted a significant portion of his adult life to volunteering for a variety of organizations and programs that were supported by the congregation that he attended. These organizations and programs included an animal shelter, a food bank, and a homeless shelter. In his personal life as well as throughout his whole career at General Electric, he was well-known for the sense of humor he possessed, the generous spirit he emanated, and the dedication he demonstrated in all that he did. In his personal life, he was recognized for his ability to make people laugh.
Vince accepted an early retirement from his position as Employee Relations Manager at GE in 1991, after having served the company for a total of 41 years. Vince and Eva relocated from Arkansas City to Neptune Beach, Florida, after reaching retirement age there. There, he was able to reignite his connection with Eva and rekindle his boyhood affection for the ocean, both of which he had forgotten about. All of Vince’s family members who were older than him—his mother Helen, his father Charles, and his three older brothers Robert, Charles, and Eugene—had previously passed away. Both of Vince’s parents had passed away before he was born.
He is survived by his son, Tom Downs, who also lives in Neptune Beach, Florida; his daughters, Kathy York and her husband Rick of Arkansas City, Linda Guyer and her husband Duane of Moundridge, Karen Holtgrewe and her husband Dave of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Laurie Osborn and her husband Randy of Neptune Beach, Florida; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and one daughter, Karen Holtgrewe and her husband Dave of Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is also survived