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Service: Harold M. Downing

Harold Milton Downing, 84, of Lempster, passed away on October 25, 2021 at Concord Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Thornton, NH, he is the son of the late Nila and Lawrence Downing. He lived most of his life in New Hampshire, but also lived in Massachusetts and North Carolina.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and Army National Guard. He loved to make people laugh with his jokes, he was a great storyteller. He enjoyed playing cards. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and loved talking to animals. Harold was a kind, generous, loving, heartfelt, devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother and Friend. His big heart and helping hand was a blessing in many people’s lives. Harold was truly an amazing man who will be missed tremendously by many.

Harold is survived by his partner and wife of 18 years, Ruth Downing; five daughters, Cindy and partner Roger Galipeau, Carleen Grasso, Carla Grasso, Laura Reardon, and Lisa Lowell and husband Dave Lowell; son, Robert Grasso; five brothers, Ron Downing and his wife Nancy, Doug Downing and his wife Rhonda, Mark Fields and his wife Pam, Paul Fields, Ezra Downing; three sisters, Bunny Burgess, Ella Ford, Teresa Wakefield and her husband Gary; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to his mother and father, Harold was predeceased by his first wife, June Downing; two sisters, Rebecca Downing and Sheila Paul; and two brothers, Roland C. Downing and Raymond Fields.

ARRANGEMENTS: Assisting the family with arrangements is the Cremation Society of NH, Boscawen. His Celebration of Life will be held at Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Road, Washington, NH 03280 on November 13 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

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