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Harold E. "Tink" Downey

November 15, 1928 ~ April 27, 2019 (age 90)

Harold E. " Tink" Downey, 90, of Fairview died Saturday April 27, 2019 at UPMC Hamot. 
  Harold was born on November 15, 1928 in Erie, a son of the late Harold G. and Anna G. (Sterrett) Downey.
  In 1946 he graduated from Fairview High School and attended Gannon College (now Gannon University) and Allegheny College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Biology. He left college to enlist and serve in the U.S. Navy, and later enlisted with the U.S. Air Force. Upon his discharge from the military he returned to Fairview and worked at Girard Battles Bank. In 1960 Tink was employed at Fairview-Chrysler Plymouth Dealership and eventually became owner of the dealership in 1970. He was a member of the Fairview Borough Council and later served as Mayor of Fairview Borough for 21 years. Harold was baptized at and was a 90 year member of Luther Memorial Church. He was also a member of Fairview American Legion, the Lake Erie Lodge #347 F & AM Girard, Scottish Rite Bodies,Valley of Erie;  a life member of the Erie Maennerchor Club also a board member of the Fairview Cemetery for many years.
  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lavanda (Downey) Schaaf; and his grandson, John Downey in infancy.
  Harold will be lovingly remembered by his family which include his wife of  67 years, Nancy M. (Walter) Downey; his daughter, Annette M. Pratt  (Anthony "Tony"); sons, John H. Downey ( Darlene), Harvey E. Downey  (Louise); a sister, Rebecca A. McCann (Harrison "Hal"); a brother, Gary D. Downey (Donna); ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call on Wednesday at Luther Memorial Church, 225 West 10th St., Erie from 3 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 4 p.m. with Rev. Bill Coleman officiating.
 A Masonic Service will be held at the church on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
 In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Luther Memorial Church or to the Fairview Fire Dept. 7190 West Ridge Rd., Fairview, PA 16415. 
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  Burial with full military honors will be at Fairview Cemetery on Friday at 11 a.m.  
 Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Edder Funeral Home Inc., Girard.


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