OBITUARY: William P. “Billy” Downs, 29

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — William P. Downs, “Billy”, age 29, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington and Newbury, NH, passed away unexpectedly on December 19th 2020.

Billy was born on July 5th, 1991 and lived in Wilmington before moving to Newbury, NH.  He attended school in the Kearsarge Regional School district and was a graduate of Kearsarge Regional High School, where he excelled in both the classroom and on the football field, earning 1st team all-state honors both junior and senior year.

Billy loved sports, football and basketball being among his favorites.  He liked pickup games of basketball with his friends and played in the adult softball leagues.  Billy had a great sense of humor, always cracking jokes with his quick wit and infectious laugh.  He entertained his family and friends with his many forms of creative writing. He was a hard worker for many years at MacKenzie Forms in Wilmington.

Billy was the cherished son of Terri (Downs) & John Higgins of Newbury, NH and William Szydlowski & Michelle Bergeron of Wilmington, dear brother of Sean Higgins and Shannon Higgins of Newbury, NH, loving grandson of the late Forrest “Brownie” & Helen Downs, Cathie Hayes of Wilmington and Dan & the late Maureen Higgins of Worcester, nephew of Jeni Hayes & Brian Stickney of Wilmington, Kimberly & Bill Welch of Tewksbury, Peter Hayes of San Diego, Kevin & Cindy Ronan of Tewksbury, Cliff & Janice Downs of Derry, NH, Carolynn & John Morrison of Wilmington, Glenn Downs & Danielle McKiel of Wilmington, Maureen & Harry Illilopolous of Lexington, Eileen & Jim O’Connell of Worcester, Danny & Amy Higgins of Rutland, Anne & Kim Higgins of Worcester, Mike Higgins of Worcester, Paul & Barbara Higgins of Worcester, Kathleen & Matt Sigrest of West Hartford and Matt Higgins of Holden.  Billy is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 26th, from 2-6 p.m.  Face coverings must be worn at all times in the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Billy’s name can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

William P. Downs

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