Obituary: Jake Kelley Downey, 17

by | Jul 21, 2019

Jake Kelley Downey, 17 and 1/2 years, of Coventry, passed away Friday, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. Born in Warwick, he was the son of EGHS phys ed teacher and baseball coach Robert E. Downey, III, and Melissa A. Kelley.

Jake, “Jake D.,” Jake Downey and “Jakey” was the boy with many nicknames. He attended Crayons Preschool, part of the Trudeau Center, from 2003-2008. He then went onto school at Meeting Street from 2008 to the present. Jake loved his school, loved being social and loved being with his friends and family. He attended many places in his life, from the Pawsox, to the zoo, to the ocean and the Meeting Street Prom. Jake was an avid swimmer and visited most of the YMCA’s in the state. Everyone at the Y knew who Jake was by name. He also enjoyed the pool at Briarwood Meadows and the ocean at Breakwater Village. He loved listening to music, from Christmas songs to Ed Sheeran. Music would open his eyes and make him come alive, even to kick in the pool! He competed in Special Olympics bowling on his Meeting Street Team. He loved to go to church, looked forward to his long walks, attending his brother, Logan’s games-just really anything to be social. He was an avid Redsox fan, most likely by default. Jake was the best napper, sometimes playing “possum” on his medical appointments particularly, and he loved to play with his mom’s hair.

Besides his parents, Jake is survived by his beloved brother, Logan Kelley Downey. He also was the loving grandson of his two grandmothers, Judith S. Kelley and Elizabeth A. Downey-Mudge. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Michael F. Kelley, and Robert E. Downey, Jr.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019, from 4:00-8: 00 pm at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Ave., West Warwick. Donations in Jake’s memory can be made to Meeting Street School, 1000 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02905 or the YMCA of Greater Providence, 21 Peace Street, 6th Floor, Providence, RI 02907.

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The Mahoney Family
The Mahoney Family
July 22, 2019 12:12 am

Bob, We are so sorry for the tremendous loss of your dear Jake. I always marveled at what a great Dad you were to him. Prayers to you and your family in this difficult time.

Brenda Reall
Brenda Reall
July 22, 2019 6:26 pm

Coach, Melissa, Logan, and the whole family our deepest sympathy for you all. From our family to yours. May Jake R.I.P and be your forever angel.

Tyler Reall, and family

Andrey Goretoy
Andrey Goretoy
July 22, 2019 6:36 pm

R.I.P. Jake. Your life and your fight helped many to understand the meaning of compassion, family love that we need so much in our world. God Bless You Jake and your Loving Family.

Sherri Onorato
Sherri Onorato
July 23, 2019 4:58 pm

Jake was a special boy! I was blessed to know him from my years at Crayons. My son Nate used to rub his head at nap time to get him to fall asleep. Our heart goes out to the Downey, Kelley & Dupree family! God has him now in a place with no suffering! I bet he is playing baseball up there! The Onorato Family

Ted Dyer and family.
Ted Dyer and family.
July 23, 2019 5:16 pm

Bobby, my sincerest condolances on the passing of your beloved son Jake. I know the pain is heavy in your heart. I wish you and your family the very best. And I’m thinking that Jake and Jason will watch many ball games together. Best wishes, Ted Dyer and family.

Jess Meade
Jess Meade
July 24, 2019 2:20 pm

Jake was a loving, smiley guy. It was an honor to be a part of his life. I am so sorry for this tremendous loss. You are in my thoughts.


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