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Donald Warren Down

May 15, 1953 ~ March 23, 2021 (age 67)


DOWN, Donald Warren:

Don passed away at home with his beloved Mary at his side on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in his 68th year. Don, beloved husband of 27 years to Mary Katharine Meagher. Dear brother of Alan Down (Nancy), Nancy McIntosh (Brent), Wanda Down (Dave), the late Marty Down and brother-in-law of Sharon O’Leary (Don), Terry Meagher (Paula), Trish Feeney (Gord), and the late Jim Meagher.  Cherished Special Grandfather of Elyse Minthorn Hett.  Lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews; Anita (Cam), Bernadette, Scott (Kerry), Amy (Delano), Matt (Erica), Greg (Jodie), Cory (Lindsay), and Mary Kate.  Son of the late Donald Down and Helen Haynes. Don was blessed with a wide circle of friends but he was especially grateful during his illness to have by his side William Henderson, Barry and Nadine Pott, Bonnie and Marshall Elliott, Jeff Minthorn and Tannis Hett, Olivia Gerelus, Ian and Janet Kyle, Slade McCalip and Kim Hallihan.

Don earned a BA and MA in Counselling and his long, dedicated and fulfilling career spanned a number of decades and included working with Chimo Youth & Family Services, and The Central Community Care Access Centre with Acquired Brain Injury Clients from which he retired in 2014. Don was an historian, but World War I Military history was his passion. He loved writing the dialogue and giving historical tours in Little Lake Cemetery on behalf of the Trent Valley Archives. He was instrumental in starting the Military Museum at the Peterborough Armouries. Don was a Member of United Service Institute of Peterborough and he and Mary were members of Central Ontario Western Front Association. Special thanks to Doctor’s Whiting, Blake, Matheson, Beamish, PSW’s Donna and Alicia and Nurse Angel for the care and compassion shown to Don during his illness.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a Memorial Mass in Sacred Heart Church will take place when we can all safely gather.

In his memory, donations to Four Counties Brain Injury Association Peterborough Chapter, or Hospice Peterborough would be appreciated by his family. Online condolences may be expressed at


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Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

Sacred Heart Church
208 Romaine Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2C3

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