Bernard L. Downey
Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home - Downers Grove
4343 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL
Bernard L. Downey, age 88; beloved husband of Jean Ann Downey; loving father of Patrick (Donna), Calland (Angie), Dennis (Tracy), Deborah (the late John) Larkin, Daniel (Cynthia), Joseph (Marybeth), James (Diane), Timothy (Elizabeth), Thomas (Margaret), Mary Ellen (Bruce) Rippe, Gerard (Barbara), and Bridget (Mark) Sommer; cherished grandfather of 41. Bernie was the founder and president of B.L. Downey, Co. of Broadview, IL. Visitation was held Sunday, January 29th at Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, Downers Grove. Funeral Mass was Monday, January 30, 2012 at Ascension of Our Lord Church, Oakbrook Terrace. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 630-968-1000 or

Published by South DuPage Reporter/Progress on Feb. 1, 2012.
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It going to be one year soon since Dad has entered heaven. He was looking forward to meeting up with his family and friends who passed before him. He truly believed he would say hello to all of them. I got to spend time with him at the end we kept each other company, especially the last nights. He knew I was there and we held hands and said the rosary one morning, I did the talking and he squeezed my hand. He passed in peace like a candle blown out by the breeze. Dan was there Dad took a breath and was gone. God sent his son to forgive sins and sent my Dad to do everything else. I stopped by his grave site yesterday and said a prayer, I said all the words and he squeezed my hand.
Joseph Downey
December 27, 2012
My deep condolences over the passing of Bernie, who was a great and holy man. I just came across the news. I appreciate all he did for me and my family. May he enjoy the rewards of his highly fruitful life in heaven with Jesus and our dear Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

James Littleton
James Littleton
December 22, 2012
Dear Jean Ann and family,
I was so shocked to hear that I missed being there with you to celebrate the life of Bernie. Now he is celebrating in heaven forever with all of the saints. What a wonderful man! I have been so blessed because I met him. Pray for us Bernie! Sr Margaret Charles, fsp
margaret kerry
August 3, 2012
Dear Aunt Jean Ann and family, We feel your loss. Life and death have been happening since the beginning; life is always more joyful but if you are a person of faith, that death leads to an other, permanent life, where you will join him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Len and Robin Waldmann
Len and Robin Waldmann
February 2, 2012
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan
February 1, 2012
To the family of Bernie Downey:
Your beloved husband, father and grandfather is now among the angels in heaven to be sure. Such a fine man and loyal friend to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Heartfelt condolences to each of you.
Margaret Neveril
January 30, 2012
Dear Jean Ann,
It has been a long time. You were one of our Maid of Honors in Janet's and my wedding back on October 23, 1948. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your wonderful family.

Ed Hinders
Mesa, Arizona
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Ed Hinders
January 30, 2012
Mrs. Downey,
Julie and I are sorry to hear of Mr. Downey's passing. He was a good man. You and he will be in our prayers.
Love, John and Julie Howard
John and Julie Howard
January 30, 2012
To the Bernard Downey family, I send my thoughts and prayers. I had the pleasure to meet him at his induction to the LCC Hall of Fame. Cousin may the Good Lord greet You with a smile.
Patrick McNamara
January 30, 2012
My deepest sympathies to your family.
Lisa Schultz
January 30, 2012
When people speak of the "Greatest Generation" this country has ever know it is no doubt that Mr. Downey, my dad, and all of the wonderful men of that era have earned that title. Men of great faith, pride in their family, and a work ethic like no other. My family will keep your family in our prayers.
Mary Jo McFarland-AbouJaoude
January 29, 2012
Dear Jean Ann and family,

It was with profound sadness that we learned of Uncle Bernie's passing on Friday. He was a man who truly lived his beliefs, and his philanthropy was remarkable, especially concerning Catholic causes.

We recall the last time we saw you and Bernie at Uncle Joe's last celebration. He arranged for a second mass Sunday morning, where he demonstrated his deep faith and concern for family. In many ways, he was larger than life.

Only our mother, Dorothy, and Uncle Tom remain of the robust Downey family from Lima. We wish we could be with you tomorrow to pay our respects, but work commitments preclude it.

He was a great example to us all. May he rest in peace.

Marty & Terri Mohler
Toledo, Ohio
January 29, 2012
I was very sorry to read of the passing of Mr. Downey in this morning's paper. Bernie was truely an inpiration and a special gift to so many. Mrs. Downey and the family remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Ric & Kelly Stolly
January 29, 2012
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know that your great faith in God will sustain you in your sorrow.
Elizabeth Carter
January 28, 2012
Mr. Downey was a great friend to my Dad, Mom and our family. Mr. Downey was a true example of love for family, faith and friendship.He, Mrs. Downey and their family will remain in our prayers. Bernard will continue to be an inspiration in our lives.
Jerry, Deb, John, Elle McFarland Lima, OH.
January 28, 2012
Bernard will be greatly missed by his friends and family and all of the lives he touched over the years especially the people who were so blessed to be in his loving employ.
Bernie, as I came to know him, was a cherished friend, who shared with me stories of his family, his loving wife and of longtime friends which it turned out included my late Uncle Bob Wasz and family when they were neighbors in Hinsdale. My cousin even took over his company.
Small world.
Most of all, this man helped bring God into my life and restored my spirituality at a time I needed from it most, not just through his self-authored book but his daily blessings. We prayed for each other, with others and for those I'd never thought of praying for. He taught me there's a prayer in every heartbeat and all about Jesus/Mary/Joseph. He lifted my spirits all of the time and often made me feel like we'd known each other our entire lives.
I will miss you.
With Love,
Your forever friend
Jim Pluta
Jim Pluta
January 28, 2012
My heart will always be full of the love of God thanks to your influence. Thank you.
Tiffany Dangles
January 27, 2012
Lauren Short
January 27, 2012
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