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Obituaries » George Fahys Downes Sr.

George Fahys Downes Sr., 91, of Warrenton, passed away August 9, 2018.

George was born June 21, 1927, in Oyster Bay, New York, to the late Constance Fahys Downes and John Watson Downes and preceded in death by his sister, Patricia. George grew up in Warrenton and attended the Stuyvesant School and Warrenton High School.

George was a World War II veteran and served in the Merchant Marines. As a young man, he served as a junior member of Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company. George was an entrepreneur and a business leader. He founded and operated New Baltimore Garage Inc., a Navistar Truck Dealership and medium-duty repair garage, opened in 1947 and still operated today by his son, George Downes Jr.

George served the Fauquier Community in many capacities. George was a member of Warrenton United Methodist Church, where he served on the Church Board as Treasurer. He was a member of the Warrenton Jaycees and a charter member of New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Department, for nearly 20 years serving in many positions, including Fire Chief. He served on the Board of Trustees for Fauquier Health. He also served on the Board of Directors for Peoples National Bank of Warrenton, F&M Bank and BB&T. In his free time, he was on his boat fishing in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. He loved watching baseball and celebrating his family successes.

George is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bonnie Lee Taylor Downes; two children, George Downes Jr. and spouse Clara of Warrenton, and Hazel Stearns and spouse Cameron of Baltimore; grandchildren Janelle Downes, Trevor Downes (Rebecca), Kinsey Downes (Candice), Barbara Downes, Brian Laing (Julie), Christine Siegel (David) and Cameron Stearns, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service was held by his family on August 11.

Memorial contributions may be to the New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Department or Warrenton United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be offered at

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