He will be cremated. There will be a Celebration of Life on the Downing driveway, 17900 S.E. 87th Bourne Avenue, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16. A potluck meal will be part of the event.
Hugh Dennison Downing, 77, of The Villages, Florida passed away on Nov. 9, 2016. Hugh was born in Galion, Ohio in 1938 to Loretta and Paul. He graduated from Galion High School.
Spending his life working in the newspaper business, Hugh started working for the Galion Inquirer at age 14 as a paperboy and worked his way to typesetter before leaving the Inquirer in 1962. After a move to Florida, Hugh worked for the Pensacola News Journal until 1964 before "heading home" to The Akron Beacon Journal, the newspaper from which he would retire after 37 years, in 2000.
Hugh is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon Downing. He is also survived by six siblings – Barbara Roelle (Homer), Bert Downing (Mary), Colleen Elliker (Bernard), James Downing (Carol), Judy Johnston (Bill) and Karen Yochem (Dan) – his children – Marshall Downing (Terri), Ben Downing (Lindsey), Chris Downing (Karen) and Jonathan Downing (Megan) – and son Dennis Downing – nine grandchildren and 23 nieces and nephews.
A memorial open house celebrating Hugh's life will be held at his home in The Villages on Wednesday, Nov.16 from 4-6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Hugh's name to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation .