Dennis P. Downey

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Dennis P. Downey, 76, of Mentor-on-the-Lake, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019.

He was born May 5, 1942 in Braddock, PA, the son of the late Anthony P. and Amelia (Maskornick) Downey.  In 1959 he graduated from Braddock High School and entered into the US Air Force where he served 2 terms in Vietnam as a Staff Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1968.  During his military service, he photographed many former presidents and dignitaries including President Eisenhower's last official portrait.   

Dennis worked as an aerial photographer for Aerocon from 1973 until his retirement in 2004.   He was a very proud gardener and was well known in the neighborhood for holding a never-ending garage sale.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christine (Carson) Downey; daughter Tammy (Rick Gillenwater); grandson, Matt (Kelli)

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jean Ann Downey.

The family requests that, in place of flowers, memorials be made to Pets for Vets, a non-profit that provides animal companions for veterans or to the American Heart Association.

The family will be holding a Celebration of Life on January 27, 2019.  Please contact the family for further information.