Roger Allen Downing WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Roger Allen Downing, 67, died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He was born May 8, 1952, in Randolph, the son of Carl and Esther (Green) Downing. He attended school in Chelsea, where he graduated in 1970 from Chelsea High School. On Dec. 11, 1971, he married Catherine Teeter; together, they had two children. They were later divorced. On Aug. 4, 1979, he married Linda Stewart. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary by taking an overdue and well-deserved vacation to Lake George, New York, where they had a wonderful and memorable time. Roger’s employment history included the granite quarries in Barre, Dartmouth Printing in Hanover, New Hampshire, P&C Warehouse in White River Junction, Co-Op Food Store in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Green Mountain Messenger in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, before retiring in 2013. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports on TV, especially baseball. He was a Boston Red Sox and New York Mets fan. Roger was kindhearted and funny. He had a great love of animals and family and was always willing to help others in need. He is survived by two sons Jeffrey Downing, of White River Junction, and Scott Gillens, of South Royalton; two daughters Karen Downing, of Tunbridge, and Diane Thurston, of Hartland; a sister, Pat Sadler, of Bradford; an aunt, Mildred Rogers, of Tunbridge; a niece, Debbie Lapan, of Syracuse, New York; six grandchildren Amanda, Julie, Jason Jr., Tyler, Emily and Caden; and four great-grandchildren C.J., Zaiden, Kynslie and Evelynn. He was predeceased by a son, Jason Gillens; a granddaughter, Whitney Howe; and an infant brother, Gordon Downing. Calling hours were held Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home, 300 VT RT 110, Chelsea. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in the Hunt Cemetery in Tunbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at www.aspca.org/ways-to-give. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.

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