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In Memory of

Peter Downey

February 4, 1931 - April 25, 2017

Obituary


Peter Downey passed away Tuesday morning April 25, 2017 at the age of 86 after a long fought battle with Alzheimer's. He is survived by his three children, and 5 grandchildren, Kevin and wife Maria, Fall City, WA and son Shawn, Michael and wife Terri of Bellevue, WA, and children Brandon and Kelley, daughter Katie and husband Matt Schiltz of Newcastle, WA, and children Mackenzie and Lucas, and his sister Polly Conway of Norwich, CT. He was pre-deceased by his wife Suzanne Luther (Sally) after 39 years of marriage, and second wife Lisa Serio.

Peter Downey passed away Tuesday morning April 25, 2017 at the age of 86 after a long fought battle with Alzheimer's. He is survived by his three children, and 5 grandchildren, Kevin and wife Maria, Fall City, WA and son Shawn, Michael and wife Terri of Bellevue, WA, and children Brandon and Kelley, daughter Katie and husband Matt Schiltz of Newcastle, WA, and children Mackenzie and Lucas, and his sister Polly Conway of Norwich, CT. He was pre-deceased by his wife Suzanne Luther (Sally) after 39 years of marriage, and second wife Lisa Serio.
Peter was born of Irish parents in Hingham, Massachusetts, February 4, 1931 to Willis and Katherine Downey, where he lived and was raised. His commitment and belief in quality education was forged at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island where he attended Middle and High School. Peter graduated from Cornell University June 1954 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and later received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. After Cornell, he served two years with the Air Force and then was employed with General Electric followed by The Boeing Company, which brought him to Seattle in 1960. Peter had a distinguished 30-year career with Boeing in Aerospace as a Project Manager then Vice President before his retirement at the age of 59.
Peter owned many sailboats including an International 14, Etchells 22, C-Lark, J-24, J-29 and J-35, all of which he raced competitively, locally and nationally, with his children and friends. Education, hard work, fitness and frugality were his trademark. He was known for building stereos and speakers for friends, collecting music, reading, playing bridge and travelling the world. His math aptitude and memory made him a skilled card player and his poker skills were legendary. He achieved Grand Life Master status in the American Contract Bridge League. Peter, with his sense of humor, quick laugh and easy smile, will be remembered as a loving father and caring friend. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17th at 12:00PM at Canyon Park Grazie, 23207 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98021. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made in the name of Peter Downey to the Alzheimer's Association.