Gloria Downer (nee Randell)

May 29, 1931 to May 16, 2022



Born 29 May 1931 in Brooklyn NY. Raised in Lockston Trinity Bay, Gloria passed peacefully away in St John’s on 16 May 2022.

She is predeceased by her parents Robert Randell and Mary Ann Locke; husband Raymond Downer in 2002 and sisters Leah Fowlow (Bob) Joan Drodge, Jane Pfeiffer (Dewey) and William Locke.

Leaving with loving memories: son Bruce (Betty Mate) and grandchildren Bethany, Matthew and Melanie in St John’s; son Robert (Krista) and grandchildren Carson, Allison, Christian and Catherine in Grand Rapids, Michigan; brother Fred Locke (Anne) and brother-in-law Eldon Drodge.

Gloria was deeply loved and will forever be missed by family and friends.

A celebration to honor Gloria’s life will be held in the Harbour Room, Gahan House, Harbour Drive on Thursday June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. A service will take place from the Carnell Memorial Chapel, 329 Freshwater Rd. at 2 p.m. on Friday June 24 with interment to follow at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Rd.

Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to charity of your choice



6-8 p.m. on June 23, 2022

Harbour Room, Gahan House, Harbour Drive


2:00pm, Friday June 24th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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We only met your mom once or twice but it was obvious how much she loved her family. She will be dearly missed. Thinking of you Bob, Bruce and your families.

Bruce my condolences to you and your Family on the passing of your Mother.

Bruce and family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. I always enjoyed my chats with your mom. She always had a story. It was a pleasure meeting her.

Our sincere condolences to all of you , sad to hear of Gloria’s passing, she never wanted me to call her Mrs. Downer, right from the time I met her.,probably at the barber shop, I so enjoyed all the times we were together, we would have long wonderful chats, telling each other jokes,she would play me a tune on her piano or accordion on times.
Sometimes I would help her decorate her Christmas tree, and every decoration had to go in a particular place, she was a very special person in so many ways, as was your wonderful Dad too.
I consider myself blessed to have know them and of course Bob and Bruce ,you were her most cherished sons ,
She is with Ray now and I can only imagine that reunion.
A new angel in heaven now, God Speed Gloria
Love Margie ( as she would call me)

Bruce and Bob,
We were saddened to hear of Gloria’s passing. We have fond memories of you as neighbours on Howlett Ave.
Our sincere condolences to you and your families.
Bob and Eleanor Chafe

Bruce and Robert,
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.
I have wonderful early childhood memories of your Mom and Dad. They were both my Godparents. They were good friends of my parents Rod and Amelia Baker. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Heather (Baker) Saunders

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this difficult time .sincerely

Sincere sympathy have fond memories of both Ray and Gloria from teaching days. cherish your many memories of your loving caring parents.

We deeply miss her, and we pray for you. Her passing is a great loss for so many.

Bruce and Robbie,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of you mother and send my condolences to you and all the family. I met your mother man years ago when my son David attended her nursery school. She was the epitome of a perfect teacher for young children, loving, caring and compassionate. May memories of happy times shared together comfort you and sustain you in the days ahead. God bless you.

I am so very sorry for your loss. I had the joy of knowing Gloria for the past 21 years and always so much enjoyed our visits and chats. She had an active faith and was so very proud of her family. I am thankful that our lives intersected and joyful for her place with our Lord and the reunion that has taken place with Ray.

Bruce and Robbie,
I am so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful nursery school teacher when she had my son Derek and was a very engaged parent when I taught both of you at Macdonald Drive Elementary..
Please accept my deepest sympathies. and may all your happy memories help you through this difficult time.. My prayers and thoughts are with you both.

We extend our sincere sympathies to the Downer families. Many happy memories from Charlottetown Place. ………..a great neighbori. RIP

Sincere condolences to the Downer families. She has left many fond memories for us to cherish.

From a lifelong admirer and former neighbour on Charlottetown Place

Dearest Cousins, we are very saddened to learn of Aunt Gloria’s passing. Cherishing all our memories of her now, like entertaining us on Charlottetown Place, and childhood summers our families spent together in Lockston. She is with God, the angels and Uncle Ray now. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincere condolences from Kelly and Tracey Cooper and also uncle Eldon.

So sorry to hear of Mrs.Downers passing.she was a very sweet lady.