Charles E. Downs of Riverhead died Sept. 2 in Stony Brook. He was 80.
He was born in Riverhead to Charles L. and Victoria (Fridae) Downs, Sept. 16, 1937, and graduated from Riverhead High School in 1956.
He married Laurie Collins and worked for the Riverhead Highway Department as a mechanic and welder, retiring after 32 years. Family members said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, clamming and messing around in the garage.
He is survived by his wife; sons Henry and Eugene; daughter Melanie; sisters Lillian Losee and Sylvia Downs; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors Thursday, Sept. 6, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Riverhead Cemetery.