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A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, for George W. Downs, 78, a former Grand Island resident who died Aug. 21, 1999, at his home in Cape Coral, Fla.

A native of New Jersey, he lived in Kenmore before moving to Grand Island. He moved to Florida 13 years ago.

During World War II, Downs served in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan as an Army sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He worked at Bell Aircraft, Morrison Steel, Dresser Industries and MDS Matrix as a quality assurance engineer, a job he retired from in 1985.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Meyers, Fla., and a life member of Post 8463, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Post 90, American Legion, in Cape Coral. He was captain of the honor guard at the time of his death.

He also was a member of Court 9, Order of the Amaranth of North Fort Meyers, and the Araba Temple of Fort Meyers. He was commander of the Legion of Honor of Araba Temple of Fort Meyers.

Downs was a former member of Kenmore Baptist Church; Lake Erie Commandery of Buffalo; Grand Island-Eggertsville Masonic Lodge 1163; past royal patron of Grand Island Court 173, Order of the Amaranth; and past adjutant of VFW Post 9249, Grand Island. He also was a life member and past chief of the Grand Island Fire Company.

During retirement, he enjoyed golf.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Mary K. Scott; two daughters, Kathleen of Williamsville and Linda of Wantagh; a son, George H. of Lackawanna; and two grandchildren.

Interment in Sweeney Cemetery in North Tonawanda will be private.


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