James L. Downey, formerly of Lake Orion

James L. Downey, formerly of Lake Orion

James Lyons Downey passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2023.
Jim moved with his wife, Sandy, to Chandler, Arizona to watch every activity his grandkids participated in, but always considered himself a lifelong resident of Lake Orion.
Jim’s smile will be missed by those closest to him; wife Sandy of 54 years, son, Jim P (Jennifer) Downey; grandchildren Payne and Lila Downey.
Jim was welcomed to heaven by his parents, Payne and Mildred Downey, his sister Kathy and a host of friends, teammates, veterans and assorted characters that crossed his path in life.
A 1960 Lake Orion High graduate; a football scholarship took Jim to Big Rapids and Ferris Institute. A draft notice then relocated Jim to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served his country in the 1st Battalion Military Police.
After his honorable discharge, Jim returned to Orion and joined the family business, selling insurance under Downey Agency along Lapeer Road with his Dad, Payne Downey, and partner, Rick Martin. His love of selling was a valuable skill, as it was utilized in support of Lake Orion Community Schools, Orion youth baseball and soccer, St. Mary’s in the Hills Episcopal Church and the Make a Wish foundation of Arizona.
If there was a good time for a good cause; Jim was on that committee, buying the raffle ticket, pouring the drink, and selling it to everyone he met.
Lake Orion Community Schools, Ferris State, his parents, Fort Lewis Army base, and God made Jim a unique person that will not be replicated. His smile, laugh, and storytelling will be missed, but his positive outlook on life will continue through his family and those that he touched.
A small family service was held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal church in Chandler, Arizona.
The delay in this obituary was to allow the Irishman’s announcement to fall in the month of March and allow Jim sufficient time to get into heaven, before the devil knew he was dead.
For those that want to contribute to Jim’s memory, please raise a glass on March 17 and consider a donation to our veterans via the Lake Orion American Legion Post 233, located at 164 S. Broadway Street, Lake Orion, MI 48362.

One Response to "James L. Downey, formerly of Lake Orion"

  1. Angus S Hinds III   March 10, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Jim was a great person who loved his family and was a hard worker. He will be truly missed.


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