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James B. Downing

June 17, 2013

James B. Downing

CUMBERLAND - James B. Downing, of Cumberland passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Kathleen (Peranzi) Downing. They had been married 47 years.
Mr. Downing was born in Providence the son of the late Michael Downing and Mary (Smith)Downing.
He was a truck driver for the Coca Cola Company for many years. In recent years Jim was a bus driver for the Durham Bus Company in Cumberland.
Besides his wife Mr. Downing is survived by his children, James B. Downing Jr., and his wife Kristen of Seekonk, Massachusetts, and Michaela Kent and her husband William of Pawtucket. He also leaves his grandchildren, Julia, Jill, and Marcus Downing, Sean, MacKenzie and Steven Kent. He had two great grandchildren, Alexia and Gracie Kent.
Mr. Downing also leaves his brother in law Louis Peranzi and his wife Kim his nephews Nick and John and his niece Catie Peranzi.
The funeral for Mr. Downing will be Wednesday at 8:30 am from the MANNING-HEFFERN FUNERAL HOME, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket. There will be a Mass of Christian burial in St. John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland at 10:00 am. The burial will be in Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery, Pawtucket. The calling hours for Mr. Downing will be Tuesday from 4-7 pm in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. St. Rita's Health Center, 15 Brown Sumner Road, Cumberland Rhode Island, 02864 or Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island,1045 North Main Street, Providence Rhode Island, 02904 in Mr. Downing's memory. For online condolences please visit

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