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Peter D. Downey


Clayton and Dexter- Mr. Peter D. Downey, age 53, died Wednesday, August 27, at his brother Ralph’s home in Clayton, where he was under the care of his entire family and the Hospice of Jefferson County. Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at a time to be announced within the next few weeks.

Pete was born May 9, 1961, to Ralph Downey Sr. and Betty Stage Downey. Raised in Clayton, he attended Clayton Elementary and T.I. Central High School, Class of 1979.

He was a graduate of Oswego State University, Class of 1983.

Pete loved hockey and was a past goalie for the Clayton Pirates and Oswego State Lakers.

His work and his travels took him from Providence, Rhode Island, to San Diego, California. Moving back to Dexter, he enjoyed his friends and his home with a Lake Ontario view.

Pete was employed by Nexstar in Watertown, where he sold advertising and made commercials.

He is survived by the “Light of his Life,” daughter, 7 year old Julianna Jade Downey, Watertown; two brothers, Ralph Jr. (Billie Ann), and Ed Downey, all of Clayton; a sister Peggy (Mike) Bechaz of Colorado; Nephew Jon (Cherie) and their son, Hunter Downey; nephew Jamie Downey; a niece Heather (Terry) and son Kyle Craddock of Clayton.

Donations to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, NY 13601, would be greatly appreciated.

Condolences can be made at

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