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Peter Downey

Peter Wheeler Downey

Wednesday, September 29th, 1943 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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Peter Wheeler Downey, 76, died peacefully at home on May 3, 2020. He was born in Portland on September 29, 1943, the son of Frank Leo Downey, Jr. and Sallie Wheeler Downey.

Peter attended Bangor schools and graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1961. He spent joyful summers at Camp Timanous in Raymond. In 1965, he received an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College. After serving in the Coast Guard from 1966 until 1970, he earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Maine.

Peter owned and managed residential and commercial properties in Bangor, Brewer, and Winterport. He enjoyed spending time on and off boats at his business, Winterport Marine, on Penobscot Bay. He spent the winter months at “Windy Point” in Nokomis, Florida. There, he delighted in the water views, cloud formations, and boat traffic and was able to indulge himself by working outside in fine weather.

Peter’s eclectic interests included statistics, American architecture, antique clocks, and Nordic noir. Friends and family remember Peter as an unpretentious and forthright man who quietly backed their endeavors.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Eileen Downey; daughter, Elizabeth Wheeler Downey; and sister, Sallie Tucker Jones, of Washougal, Washington. He was predeceased by his sister, Robin Wheeler Tarbell, and two brothers, Alexander Frost Tarbell, and Gridley Weatherbee Tarbell II.

Peter’s family is especially grateful to Dr. David Koffman, Dr. Katherine Chodkiewicz, and Beacon Hospice for their support.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Timanous Foundation, P.O. Box 2886, South Portland, ME 04116.
A graveside memorial service will be held later this year. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
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    Bangor, ME 04401
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Elmer

Posted at 12:11pm
I was fortunate enough to know Peter for 30 plus years. We first met under business conditions with me working projects on properties that he handled. He always treated me fairly and with respect as I did him. He dealt with many people from all walks of life and they all received the same treatment,Peter was not judgmental. As the years passed we became good friends it wasn't just business as usual. I will miss him dearly. Until we meet again Pete hold the gate open we will all be joining you soon. RIP Elmer
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