Jerry Downes

December 11, 2018

Jerry Wayne Downes, age 66 passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Jerry was born on January 30, 1952 in Wilmington, Delaware to Gloria and James Downes.  After graduating from Conrad High School in 1970, He received a football scholarship to Western Maryland College where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1974. 

Jerry worked for Radio Shack and Julian Enterprises before turning his love of trains and toys into a business.   He opened Yankee Peddler Antique Toys and Collectables with stores in Annapolis and Ocean City as well as online.

Jerry wasn’t just passionate about toys, trains, cars and sports, but he enjoyed coaching his children Billy and Jessica in youth basketball and he never missed a Ravens game. 

While Jerry has now reunited with his recently departed son, Billy, he is survived by his daughter, Jessica Johnson, granddaughter, Lydia, brothers, Norman and Jimmy Downes and his many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial will be held at Galesville Community Center 916 West Benning Rd. Galesville, MD 20765 on Saturday, January 19 at 2 pm.

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