Bryan Downie

A photo of Bryan Downie


Thursday May 30

Bryan Downie passed away peacefully at home on May 26, 2024, at the age of 77.

Bryan is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 53 years, Wendy, his beloved daughter Stephanie Pauly and his pride and joy grandsons Tyler and Ethan Pauly.

Surviving family members include his sister Wendy Trakinskas (Al) and their children Alan, Julie, David and Adam Trakinskas and his great nieces Lyla Moody, Chloe Trakinskas, and great nephews Noah Moody, Benny Trakinskas , his brother Neil Downie, and youngest brother Perry (Penny) and nieces Lauren and Sarah Downie.

Bryan was born in Chatham Ontario, son of the late Willard and Marion Downie.  He grew up in Blenheim playing sports with many of his lifetime friends. Hockey and baseball were entertained with the Sunday Morning Hockey League and many long-lasting friendships prevailed. He was a lifetime fan of the Detroit Red Wings. The Blenheim Community Golf Course provided many rewards including a job, several holes in one, great games, celebrity golf camp and tournament play and again lasting friendships. Fishing was a favorite pastime that he shared with friends and family. Travelling and vacations spent with friends and family were a source of adventure, laughs and fond memories. His life was enriched by his many long-lasting true friendships.

Thanks so much to the ROMEO club for his weekly lunch dates that he so looked forward to. Bryan was a hard-working guy who wore many different hats. His successful business, Art Quest, led to even more friendships across the US and Canada.

In closing Bryan would say, “Always be ready with a kind word and smile” and remember, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!”

In keeping with Bryan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Thursday May 30, 2024 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.

Those wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider
the Blenheim Health Hub or the Alzheimer’s Society of Chatham-Kent.  Online condolences may be left at


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My deepest condolence to the family. I was privileged to work along side Bryan for many years. Doug

Dear Wendy, Neil and family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Bryan. I always enjoyed seeing him at the golf course back in the day. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Sending my most sincere condolences to Wendy and Family on the loss of Bryan. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Bryan was my idea of a true gentleman. Cherish all of your memories. RIP my friend. Till we meet again. Brian Rumble ( Former CanPar Driver )

Wendy, and the whole Downie family. We have just learned if Bryan's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. May your many memories comfort you now and as you journey onward. Sincerely, Myra & Don Pettit, and Shayna Taylor.

Our sincerest sympathies. Jake and Jackie and family.

I was filled with sadness upon reading about Bryan’s passing. He was such a kind and sweet man, who our family has known for years. Sending my condolences to you Wendy and Stephanie, as well as your family. May he rest in peace. Laurie (Kirk) Harrison

Wendy, Stephanie and family I was so sorry to hear of Bryan passing. Bryan always made us laugh and was so full of life. He always would light up a room and was loved by our entire family. He equaled "Howie" with humor, puns and wit. I have so many great memories of his laugh and kindness. I think Bryan was considered the 4th son of Howie and Helen!! Toasting him tonight with a broken heart and wonderful memories.

Wendy, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bryan. I remember first coming to Blenheim and how welcoming he was to me and sharing our love of the Wings. I know he is at peace and sharing a drink with Ben and Dave. Again my sincere condolences.

Wendy, Stephanie, Wendy, Perry, Neil and family's. We are so very sad to here of Brian's passing. He was a good old neighbor, golfing partner and a joy to be around. He will be missed by all. Please accept our condolences.

So sorry to hear of Bryan's passing. Will miss him making his winter trips to Florida and all the fun we would have, but will always have the wonderful memories. Sincerest condolences to Wendy, Steph, Tyler, Ethan and the entire Downie family.

I was so sorry to hear of Bryan's passing, Wendy. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Bryan was a very good childhood classmate and friend. I’ve been away from Blenheim for six decades but remember his smiling face. My sympathies to Wendy and family.

Wendy and family. my sympathies on the loss of Bryan. I always enjoyed my chats with him when we lived across the road on Swallow Place, and regret not keeping in touch these past few years. Also enjoyed getting to know both him and Perry at the store. I was a regular customer and still have many pieces of artwork bought there on my walls. He was kind and generous, and will be missed by family and friends. Bryan was one of the good ones.

Wendy, Stephanie and family. We are so sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. We will always remember him for his smile when he seen you whether just on the street or in his shop. He will be missed by all but especially his family. Keep his memories close to your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you❤️Eli and Dave.

My sincere sympathy Wendy and family during this difficult time.

Wendy and family. So very sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. He was a joy to be around at the golf course, a true gentleman and a class act. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to all.

Wendy we are so sorry to learn of your loss of Bryan. Sincere condolences to you and your family. John and Helen Hanak

I'm a good friend (and patient) of Stephanie, Bryan's daughter, and have been for several years. She's my audiologist. She would share her visits to me about her parents when she would visit them or they would visit her and her sons. I consider Stephanie my third daughter, along with my other two. I am so very sorry for the family's loss. All are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort. God Bless you all.

My condolences to Wendy, Stephanie, Tyler, Ethan & Family. I have such wonderful memories of Bryan and family fun, in our younger days. RIP Bryan

We are so sorry for the loss of Bryan. He had many good friends and i know he and his welcoming smile will be missed.

Our deepest condolences to Wendy and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and always. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest Brian.

Wendy and family, So many precious memories you have to cherish. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace and comfort . Thinking of you all.💓

Rest in Peace, my friend WENDY PLEASE accept our sincere condolence on the passing or yore husband

My sincere sympathy to the entire family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Wendy and family we are so very sorry for your loss. Bryan was always fun to be around. We have many fond memories of gatherings here and in Florida. Let all your happy memories help you through this sad time. Hugs. Fred & Kaye

Wendy, Stephanie and Downie families My deepest condolences in the passing of Brian. He lived life to the fullest..always a smile! ❤️

Wendy, Stephanie, Tyler, Ethan and Downie families, Sincere Condolences to you all in the passing of Bryan. Cherish the many memories you shared and may they bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely Peter & Linda RIP BRYAN

Wendy, it is sad to hear that Brian has passed away. I will forever remember him as one of the finest gentleman that I have known. Through hockey and golf and having a beer with him it was always a pleasure being in his company and sharing a laugh, and there were many. My condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Rest in peace Brian.

Condolences from Ralph and Gayle to Wendy and family. Bryan was a great guy and a delight to talk to. He will be missed.

Wendy and family. - our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We enjoyed having Bryan as our neighbour for all these years.

Dear Wendy and family, We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Bryan. He was one of a kind. Always had a smile and a great sense of humour. He will be missed.

Wendy, our heartfelt sympathy on Bryan’s passing. His love of you and all his family was evident. Stephanie, your dad was so proud of you and of Tyler and Ethan. We wish you and all the Downie family peace and comfort in the days to come.

Our sincere condolences at this sad time.

Wendy and family. Manon and I are so sad to hear about the loss of Bryan. You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Very sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing our hearts go out to the families. RIP Bryan

Dear Wendy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Sorry to hear of Bryans passing . Many memories of our family get togethers and your trips to Shirleys Take care Wendy Dora and Denise Winters and family

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Wendy, and all the family at this time... may your memories comfort you in the coming days...

We are so sorry to hear of Bryan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.

We are so sorry for your loss. Bryan was a dedicated business owner in Blenheim -his framing artistry for many people will keep him present in many homes for years to come. RIP Bryan

So sorry to hear of Bryan's passing. He was so fortunate to have a loving family and dear friends for many years. Please accept our sincere condolences. Joyce and Bob Burnham

Wendy and family. Our since condolences on the passing of Bryan. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

We are so very sorry to learn of Bryan’s passing. Please know we are thinking of all of you and hoping Wendy, Stefanie and family find comfort in the sharing of so many memories of great times with Bryan. Hugs to all!

My deepest sympathy Wendy and the entire family during this difficult time.

My sincere sympathy to the entire family during this difficult time.

So sorry to hear about Byran , Wendy . Our condolences to you and your family .

Our sincere condolences on Bryan's passing. May he rest peaceful. Lisa and Mike Brown

Wendy and Stephanie. So sorry for your loss. Keep the memories close

Sending my condolences Wendy and family during this sad time. May happy memories lessen the burden,

Wendy and Family. Sending my deepest condolences on the loss of Bryan. He was a true gentleman and a pleasure to be around. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Your former CanPar Driver. Brian Rumble

Wendy & family, Our deepest condolences on Bryans’s passing,. Prayers are with you .

Wendy and family. My heartfelt condolences on your loss. May all your warm loving funny memories comfort you..

Wendy and family ... our sincere condolences. May he Rest in Peace.

My sincerest condolences to Wendy, Stephanie and all the family. Bryan always made me smile. Lots of great hockey and golfing memories with this very dear friend. Rest in Peace my friend you will be missed.

Our sincere condolences to the whole family.

Wendy, Steph and family… we are thinking of you and hope all the wonderful memories of Bryan are providing some warmth and love. Sending hugs to you. Love Julianne, Todd, Mo and Kate