William J. Downs


Goodbye my friends and family. I was born in Schenectady to loving parents John and Adele Downs in 1949. My baby sister came four years later. I started school at St Paul’s, K-1st grade, when my parents made the wonderful move to Ballston Spa. Thru the years not being the best student, but loved going to school. That’s where my friends were and we could play sports.

After graduation went to work for Grand Union Co for 34 years, Parts Unlimited for 13 years and many part time jobs, the best being D-Line Pub for 10 years. As my father once said “We didn’t make a lot of money but we have a hell of a lot of friends.” Better than money, lots of partying in those years.

In the 80’s met a wonderful woman Dotty Michelin and her children, 1990 got married and led a terrific life until 2014 when she passed. In life sometimes you get lucky I reconnected with my dear friend Jill Braim, and we are having a great life together. She is my hero.

I am survived by my loving and constant companion Jill Braim.; my children Michael, Robert (Trudi), Peter (Gina) and son in law Gregg. Sad goodbye to my grandkids Olivia, Sam, Helen, Ann, Genevieve, and Thomas. Goodbye to my sister Mary Ellen, goodbye to my aunt Jeanne and my many cousins, nieces, nephews, and my many forever friends. A big thank you to my Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619 and all my friends there, to Mygym family, my little brother Fuzzy, to all my D-Line friends, and thanks to Mike Aubin and Chair #4. A special thanks to the Village of Ballston Spa what a great place to grow up and old.

After the service at Armer’s go to the Elks, have a drink, laugh, smile, hug one another, maybe even tell a story or two. Remember I loved you all and hopefully grew up to be the person you could always count on and that I tried my very best to be a good person and friend. I had quite the life.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours from 3pm to 5pm on Friday, October 15 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be held 9am Saturday, October 16 at the Columbarium in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Ballston Spa Men’s Veteran Home, 36 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or Ballston Spa Elks #2619 Food Pantry Program, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Guest Book

Bryant

Have and will always think of you with fondness. I cherish the memories of holiday dinners, playing chicken at the village beach, you sneaking us free ice cream cones from Christie's and so many other good times. Cheers to a life well lived! - Cousin Bryant and Barb.

Denise and Ed Currier

“Uncle” Bill, so many laughs, fun times and a life time of memories will now be our comfort. You were a wonderful friend to us and one we always considered family. You were a bright spot in our lives when we needed it the most and we are so very thankful. I will always be your “roomie”, you will always be a brother to Ed and beloved Godfather to Lindsay. You will be missed so much by everyone who was fortunate enough to know you. You knew how much you were loved. Today and always in our hearts is where you will be. We love you.

Frank Cinella

Billy, may you rest in piece my friend, I will always cherish the "road trips" you would call it when we would travel to away football games, and then on the way back home we would stop at a watering hole. You were always a pleasure to be around, that smile from ear to ear, and always making me laugh with your great sense of humor, you will be missed my friend!! My condolences to your family and many friends! Frank Cinella

Lynn Ludlam Bybee

Heaven gained a special kind of angel. Though I haven't been a part of your life for many years, I look back on those years that I was with a sweet smile, Bill. I will always remember your laughter, your kindness, your incredible bear hugs and your stories. I loved hanging out with you at the D-Line and sitting around the dinner table laughing. Your love for others was as big as this world and I am especially thankful for the love and friendship you had with my brother Gregg. Rest in peace my friend.

Shawn Neely

I can hear your voice in my head as I read this, cousin. You were funny and generous, and I enjoyed our visits together when I travelled back east with Patty. Rest in peace.

Diane Fregeau

Billy was the kind of friend that comes along once in a lifetime. He was truly loved by all of my family and returned that love by the many special gifts he instilled in them throughout the years. I will especially miss our poolside chats every Monday at Mike’s pool. And Jill, you were so loved by all of Billy’s friends and family. Thank you for always being by Billy’s side throughout these last few months. Rest In Peace my dear friend. From Chair #1 ♥️

Vicki Sutherland

Billy you were a great person and an awesome friend that would give the shirt off your back for anyone in need. Truly the best guy ever! Rest easy and you will never be forgotten. You would always say to me "I love you Victoria". Save me a seat & drink and we will meet again someday my friend, fly high "Billy Downsy". Your obit was one of kind just like you. Love, "Victoria"

Lyanne Fraser

An extra special Ballston Spa Scottie beamed up. You will be missed, my friend. You touched many lives.

Marcia

Lots of memories- Rest in Peace Bill

Carol Reardon

Great memories. I am sure Pat will welcome you with open arms. Laugh and think about all the great times we had. Rest in peace. You will be greatly missed.

Kelly Kvasnack

Dad is waiting with a big smile on his face welcoming you home. He is waiting to share a pint with an old friend. You were a big part of the Reardon family and many memories were made. May you rest in peace "Mr. Peters'.

Rose and Dan Nelson

"To have a friend, is to be a friend". Billy, you were a friend to all. Rest in peace, Downsy.

Dan Doyle

Billy, Pat and Jimmy Cotter will be waiting with open arms for you at that irish corner, save a seat for me my friend

Sammy

I just want to say how sad I am that you're gone. You were a true Mentor to me as a young man. You Coached me for three year's in Pop Warner football. You taught me how to be a man at a very young age. You were very rough on all us boy's, but we Respected and Loved you so much! You would always say we may not be the best team, but we'll be the best conditioned! I remember you playing Semi- Pro at Guard for the Glens falls Green Jackets, and you had a bum knee. When we ran sprints you would say if anyone of you little Bastards lose to me you're running laps! You would beat Almost half the team. Year's later i would see you at the Gym, and would always refer to you as Mr.Downs. You would get upset, and say no Sammy Boy you call me Billy. Well I never did, and always called you Mr.Downs. Everytime I did you would put your arms around me, and say that's my boy. I could feel the love when we embraced. You were a Great friend to my Father, and so many more people. If you had Mr. Downs as a friend you had a TRUE FRIEND! I will miss you so much, but I will never forget you. May you RIP, and I Love you Mr. Downs.
Your "Boy" Sammy, the Bammer.

Ame Nigro & Joe Oppedisano

Dearest Jill ~ I know this is such a loss for you. You renewed Bill’s life and added to ours as you came along. Your kind and steady temperament is so valued in this crazy world! We hope to see you as we come to town during Gina’s surgery but are traveling during this week of memorial for Bill. Our most sincere condolences and hugs for now.
Ame & Joe

Joe Weir

Bill you are a great guy and will be missed badly.
Glad to have been able to call you a friend.

Erin McHale

I know I feel the same as so many do......You were one of the most loving, caring, kind hearting people to grace this earth. There needs to be more people on this earth like you. You loved me & my family like your own and the feelings were mutual. May you rest easy now. Jill you are a hero for sure. He was so very lucky to have you in his life. Chair#4 will always be yours & will always be poolside for you.
Love you always.

Coby

True legends never really die, they live forever in the hearts, souls and minds of the people they touched. Billy you will always be with me. You are a B SPA LEGEND!

Calvin Cline

Billy was the kind of friend who one only wanted to know better. The twinkle in his eye let everyone know how special we all were to him. Godspeed, Bill.

Midge McHale

You were always there for Jim and I when we were younger. May you rest in peace. my friend.

Sally

Loved you dear friend. You were the knight in shining armor to many when we needed you to be and well, sometimes when we didn’t know we needed you. Thank you for the love, support and the genuine way you cared for so many. Be at peace.

David Glastetter

There is not a better human being God could have put on this Earth. So many fond memories with this man. Soft tears followed smiles and laughter. Will miss you “New Guy”. Until we meet again.

Donna Cervini

I met Bill through his good friend (and my brother-in-law) Don Neal. Together he and I were godparents to my niece Toni. Will always remember his warm personality and that robust laugh. Fly high my friend.

Marlene Denison

RIP Bill,
You always brought smiles to our faces. May my condolences go out to your family and you will be remembered as the happy go lucky fella.

Karen Parillo

A wonderful goodbye Billy! You will truly be missed! My condolences to the family.

Ms Leona (Lee) Lapp

Bill...you will be greatly missed by everyone, you touched all our lives with love. My sincerest condolences to your family. Fly high, enjoy your freedom and if you ever "run into" Jerry give him a hug from me. And so it is.

Bryan "Buddha" Briggs

What a great guy Billy was, glad I got to meet him while working for the D-Line by his side most times in the kitchen and after hours barbacking and bouncing...he was a great member of the Elks and always a caring loving man no matter who you were or where you came from he treated everyone the same with respect and love and friendship..i am so sad to hear of this and my prayers and condolences go out to the family during this time of loss...he will deeply be missed in the BSpa community...love ya Billy rest in peace....see you on the other side!

Ellie Spensieri

You were the best Bill. You were who all of mankind should be like. I’ll love you always my friend.

Wendy Lawrence

Billy, I love you so much. You taught me how to drive and we’re one of my families closest friends. We will miss you very much. You ALWAYS made me smile.

Ron Manna

An honor to have known you and to have had cocktails with you Billy. Will always be remembered as one of the “Good” Guys with a heart of gold! Fly High till we meet again my friend, first ones on me Billy……..

Diane Baker-Conn

Such a beautiful obituary from a beautiful man. You will be missed by many but WILL always in our hearts. RIP Bill..we love you!

Sally and Chuck Harrington

RIP Billy you were a great person and a wonderful friend. Until we meet again fly high my friend

Terri Bryant

Bill we will miss you. You were always a wonderful guy.

Rich Gorman

Bill - You touched many lives and was a great friend to many. Rest in peace my friend.

Jennifer Doyle

Billy, I’ve known you since I was a little girl. Such a sweet man, always had a hug and kiss for me through out the years. Fly high sweet man ❤️

Jeffrey Stickles

Goodbye old friend always was a pleasure great talks and even better laughs will always be remembered until we have a drink again

Mark Delong

God speed my brother until we meet again Willy

Bob Pruniedr

Love you brother you will be missed very much

Judy Smaldone Richards

What a beautiful obituary. Haven't seen Bill in years but have great memories of our friendship in the late 60s with Steve Prock, Jerry Stanslowski and others. Rest in peace

Carol & Donald Lang

Billy you were the most loving, loyal person I know, couldn't of have dine D Line without my number one.

Wilhelmina

You will be missed so very much. Rest easy now, knowing you have changed so many people’s life’s for the better just by being YOU!

Rick Weiss

There will be a day when we walk the Holy Ground together again. Cuz.

Peggy McHale

Billy's obit brought tears running down my face. He was so kind he felt that he should write his own obit to tell all his friends and family how he felt and how he loved them. He was an amazing person and will be forever remembered. Thank you Jill for making his final days happy and comfortable. You are a true hero, not only in Billy's eyes for everyone who knew you and how you stayed by his side. I am so very sorry for yours and everyone who loved Billy's loss. RIP sweet friend

Judy Farrell

OK, so I have tears in my eyes and my hands are shaking but, Thanks Billy!!
I love you too.