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David W. Downing

Hartland, Vt. — David W. Downing, 66, of Hartland, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, after a long illness. He was born in Windsor, Vt., on Feb. 10, 1946, son of John and Peggy Downing Rice (Lawton). John died Sept. 16, 1981. David attended Windsor High School, married Beverly Griffon on Aug. 22, 1964. Beverly died Aug. 1, 2008.

David worked many years for Tip Top Bakery, White River Jct., Vt., and Miller Construction Co., Windsor, until failing health. Doctors put him on disability. He always had been a very hard worker. He loved his family very much, especially his granddaughter. He was a huge NASCAR racing fan and enjoyed watching football games.

He always had a smile and talents that not many have. He was kind and enjoyed helping others.

He is survived by his mother, Peggy Rice and step-dad, Errol Rice of Hartland; two sons, David S. Downing and wife, Beth, of Mooresville, N.C., Russ J. Downing, of Hartland; three brothers, John Downing, of Somersworth, N.H., Mark Downing of Sanger, Texas, Terry Downing, of Pilot Point, Texas; step-sister, Cathie Kivler and husband, Harry, of Dunnellon, Fla.; two step-brothers, Ronald Rice and wife, Yvonne, of Hartland, James Rice of Royalton, Vt.; granddaughter, Rylie Downing, of Mooresville, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

At his request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Burial will be in the spring.

Memorial donations can be made to the Diabetes Foundation or Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001

Roy’s Funeral Home of Claremont, N.H., is assisting with arrangements.