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02/14/03 Livonia's Downey dies at 50

Democrat and Chronicle

(February 14, 2003) — LIVONIA — Tom Downey, who coached the Livonia boys basketball team to 10 Livingston County championships and four Section V titles in 18 seasons, died Thursday night. He was 50.

Tom Downey

Mr. Downey, a nine-time Section V Coach of the Year, had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his stomach on Nov. 19 and returned to the Bulldogs’ bench earlier this season.

A 1970 graduate of Dansville High School, Mr. Downey was one of the most respected coaches in Section V and also won five other league titles at Canisteo and Dansville. He also coached the Genesee Community College men’s basketball team in 1982 and ‘83.

“He was a complete asset to our community,” said Richard C. Wesley of Livonia, a State Court of Appeals judge and longtime friend of Mr. Downey’s. “He made Livonia a better place to live. There are a lot of sad people in Livonia tonight.”

Mr. Downey is survived by his wife, Linda, and three children, Christa, Kevin and Kyle.


Downey funeral set for Monday:
Calling hours and funeral arrangements have been set for Tom Downey, the Livonia teacher and basketball coach who died Thursday night.

The calling hours will be Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Livonia High School gymnasium. The funeral service will be held Monday morning at 10:30, also at the gymnasium.

Directions from Rochester and points north: Take Route 390 south to Exit 9; take Route 15 south into Lakeville; turn left on Route 20A into the village of Livonia; take a right at Commercial Street/Route 15; high school will be on the left just outside the village.

Previous profile of Tom Downey:
Tom Downey has a game plan for life- Livonia boys basketball coach battles cancer just as he coaches

see also: 'Tom is alive in all of us' -- 2/15/03 -- By Jeff Diveronica -- Democrat and Chronicle