Tony Downes

1957 - 2022 | Sheffield

Tony was a gregarious, colourful character who loved to give the 'ball of life' a good kick. I am proud to say he was my kind, loving and thoughtful husband for almost 25 years. He was sadly taken from us on 26th April 2022. Tony was a great humanita…

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Tony was a gregarious, colourful character who loved to give the 'ball of life' a good kick. I am proud to say he was my kind, loving and thoughtful husband for almost 25 years. He was sadly taken from us on 26th April 2022. Tony was a great humanitarian, always looked for the best in people and believed all people should have equal opportunity and was often frustrated in this belief. He took an interest in most current affairs but always looked for a number of sources in order to consider himself best informed. He was open-minded and liberal in his thinking. Tony's various circles of friends played a huge part in his life and they were very important to him in a number of different ways. Tony particularly loved organising nights out/weekends away and general get togethers. He would occasionally go to great lengths to play practical jokes on people – sometimes they went well, sometimes they back fired but he always ‘pushed the envelope’. Tony was a loving, protective and supportive brother to Marie. He adored his Mother, Queenie and step-father Len (Pops) and also re-connected with his biological Dad’s family in later life and was particularly blessed to find a strong connection to his cousins and their children. In particular Brian, Alan, Tracy and Jessica were very close to his heart. Tony was a keen supporter of Sheffield United FC, going to games when he could and otherwise supporting them on the TV. Though plagued with ill health throughout his life he was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2019 and this was to be his eventual undoing. Through the Covid19 Pandemic we managed to keep him safe and were supported by many healthcare professionals and organisations, too many to mention in full, but our thanks go out to them all. Key to his care and quality of life were the MND Association and St Luke’s Hospice and we would appreciate it if you could join us in thanking these charitable organisations, enabling them to continue supporting people like Tony in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read this tribute to my wonderful husband, Tony.

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