Paul J. Downing, 87, Owner of ABC Decorators; Korean War Veteran

FRAMINGHAM   – Paul J. Downing, 87, a resident of Framingham for more than 50 years, passed away peacefully Monday Aug. 27, 2018 at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.


He was the former husband of the late Eloise (McCobb) Downing who died in 1981.


Born and raised in Weymouth, he was a son of the late Charles J. and Grace B. (Riley) Downing. A Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, Paul attended Northeastern University following his military service.


He owned and operated ABC Decorators, a painting and decorating service for 40 years before retiring.


He is survived by his children: Kathleen M. Downing & her husband Timothy Hammond, Michael J. Downing, Paul Downing & his wife Heliana, and Bill Downing; his 6 grandchildren: Alex, Samuel, Kaylin, Bryan, Kyle and Kevin; and his siblings: Richard Downing, Joan Cahee, Kathy Ransom, Stephen Downing, Larry Downing, Jack Downing and Robert Downing. He was predeceased by a brother Charles Downing and a sister Grace McDonough.


Visiting hours are Tuesday Sept. 4  from 5 to 8 p.m.. at Boyle Brothers Funeral Home, 173 Union Avenue in Framingham, with a brief prayer service at 7:30 p.m.


Funeral services and burial are private and will be held at a later date.


The family suggests memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to: the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA. 02452.


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Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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