Richard K. Downes


Richard K. Downes of Warwick, NY (formerly of Glen Rock, NJ) passed away peacefully on June 4, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was 64 years old.


Born in Bronx, NY on July 12, 1955, he was the son of Eileen and Thomas Downes.


Richard worked for Suez/United Water Company in Hackensack, NJ.


Married to Debra (nee Marsin), they raised their family in Glen Rock, NJ for 26 years. Rich was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 15.  He had a great interest in history and anthropology. Richard was a talented bass player who loved to play and listen to “the blues”.


Richard is survived by his wife, Debbie; son, Brendan; mother-in-law, Irene Marsin; brother-in-law, Robert Marsin and his wife Carol; sister-in-law, Diane Furst and her husband Richard; and several nieces and nephews.


Private arrangements have been made due to the restrictions on public gatherings at this time.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or the Warwick Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990.


Arrangements have been made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. To send an online condolence, please visit

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We were so sorry to hear about the passing of a great guy, Rich! He was our neighbor in Glen Rock for many years and was such a generous guy. Whenever it snowed, Rich would be out helping his neighbors by doing their driveways with his snow blower. We enjoyed going to see him play in his band locally and you could tell he really enjoyed it. Rich was a part of the Wed, night men's group of the Glen Rock Inn and my husband Bill would enjoy those times hanging out with Rich. He will be missed and always remembered as a truly kind and great guy!
Carol Petitt
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