Ramsay
It is with sadness that we tell you of the sudden passing on July 1, 2009, of our beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle, but most of all Friend, Ramsay MacDonald Downie. A true Christian with a heart big enough for all who needed him, Ramsay is now in the loving embrace of our Lord, where he is at peace with his oldest son, Ramsay Jr., his parents, Ronald MacDonald Downie and Mary Nicol, as well as his beloved dog, Red. Ramsay's distinguished 42 year career as a Teamster, delivering locally to restaurants in Southern California, is something he was truly proud of. But more than that, his career as a family man, who loved the simple things in life, is what truly sets him apart as a great provider and the cornerstone of our family. A wonderful day for him was time with family and friends, reminiscing about our shared past and creating lasting memories in the present. He loved his home and sharing it with those he cared about, always generous in heart and spirit. A life-long love of all things related to autos and speed, he followed NASCAR racing and would often go to local drag races throughout his young adult life. We always knew where to find Pop the day of a big race-in his favorite chair, in the house he shared with his beautiful bride and best friend of fifty years, Sally. They were truly boyfriend and girlfriend for all the years they were blessed to be together. Born and raised on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii, in the city of Wailuku, Ramsay spent his childhood working on his family's farm doing the hard work a farm takes. He taught his children the value of that hard work and that commitment to family and friends is first in life. He graduated from Maui High in 1955 and loved keeping in touch with his classmates through email and reunions. He is survived by wife, Sally, his children, Scott, Danny, and Dorothy, and sister, Betty Osborn of Hillsboro, Oregon, and their families, including five grandchildren, Ramsay Patrick, Kelsie, Cooper, Sylvia, and Dallas. Funeral mass will be held at 6:00pm on July 8th at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, California. Please join his family in a celebration of the life of Ramsay MacDonald Downie. Please use this website to send the family messages or share memories. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. My prayers are with all of you as you mourn during this difficult time. I cared for him so very much as I know he also grew to love me as well (LOL). My greatest memories of Ramsay is watering the lawn in the evenings & Sunday grocery shopping. Also, having dinner at his fav Hawaiian restaurant in Gardena on Friday nights… I will miss him so very much Belkis

  2. We are praying for all of you. He will be truly missed. What I will always remember is how he was who he was never had anything to hide. He just always said what he felt whether you liked it or not. We will really miss u!!!!!!!

  3. Sally, Dorothy and Scott… I am deeply sadden of the loss of your husband and father, Ramsay. I will forever have great memories of him, he was a real funny guy… May God give you strength through this difficult time. Go Bless, Love, Ana Dominguez-Vander Leek

  4. Dearest Sally, Scott, Dorothy and Family, I was so sad to hear about Mr. Downie. Leslie would often mention the crazy times that your family had growing up and all of the happy times when you were together. He will truly be missed! Please know that I have you in my thoughts and prayers. Sally, I’m sending you extra hugs and aloha! Love to you and your family…

  5. To the Entire Downie Clan, Ramsay’s presence will forever be felt at every family get-together. He always appeared to not be listening to all of our prattle, but then he would come up with some profound comment, so you knew that he was! Ramsay’s bear hugs will be missed and his quiet way of letting his family know how much we were loved. Love, Lynne, Steve, Thomas and Patrick

  6. Dearest Sally & family~ My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. God Bless You, Ivette Everts & Family

  7. Downie family,may it comfort you all to know that we are deeply sadden by your loss..He will be missed..Love Rozie & Family

  8. Thniking of you, Sally and your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bernie and Marilyn Gardner

  9. Sally and family, What a shock to receive an email regarding the passing of Ramsey. I am so truly sorry. I wondered why I hadn’t received any of his jokes for a while. Now I know. Sally I am so very happy we met for lunch in May. I will cherish that day. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I will be in touch. God bless and watch over you and yours. With much love and sadness.

  10. Dear Sally and Dorothy, We are so sorry to hear about Ramsay’s sudden passing. He was such a joy to be around! Please know we are praying for you…may God’s grace and love comfort you through this difficult time. Love, Kathy, Robert, Robbie, Steven and Meghan

  11. That is beautifull .Uncle Ramsay we will all miss you .Thank You for being there for me .When I was a rotten kid trying to figure it all out .Yea you taught us about hard work .Dumpster diving Ha. Holidays at the beach .Drag races trips to Mexico .Driving us to church .You were a good man .Please watch over us all .As you are up there with some of the other best .Tom Burke Dorthy Red field your Mom .Your son Ramsay .My Brother Tommy .I Love you . Susu

  12. Sally and family, My heartfelt condolences go out to you all. May you take comfort in knowing Ramsay is now in the arms of our Lord. You are in my prayers. God bless you all. Mathew 5:4, Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

  13. Ramsey Downey, Not sure you can say all the things that need to be said about a person like Ramsey in a 1000 characters because it would take at least that many to just scratch the surface of who the man truly was. I was lucky to have been able to have known and worked with Ramsey starting back in 1982 at CFS. He was one of the most hard working, loyal, and gentle men I have ever know. We used to always joke about a mystery $20.00 that one of us owe the other but neither could ever remember lending. He was always their with a easy smile, and a firm handshake to help make your day a little brighter. I enjoyed each day the number of e-mails that I might get from him about anything and everything under the sun. He was the kind of friend that would call you up just to say hello, and check on you to see if you were ok if he hadn’t heard from you for a few weeks or months.. His wife Sally, like Ramsey are both two of the most enjoyable people you’ll ever meet.. The brightness of my day like many others will be a little less shiny with the passing of this great friend.. May God Bless both Ramsey, and his family, and may he help to give them the strength to bare the loss of my dear friend..

  14. Worked with Rams for a number of years, ending with Sysco. What a guy to be around and hang with. Since we both have retired from driving, we still kept in touch with each other thru e-mails and an occassional phone call. I will truly miss him at our retiree getogether. Sally , He will never be forgotten in my heart. Wishing you and family my sympathy for such a great guy.He will be surely missed. God Bless Sam Falco

  15. I am sending all my love to your entire family. Dorthy I wish I could be there with you. This world just lost a very kick butt human. Love, Andrea

  16. Ramsay will forever live in our hearts and memories. We will miss our block’s “supervisor”! Much love to the wonderful Downie family.

  17. Ramsey was an awesome role model for me growing up. He was a great family man and I will always respect that about him. I will greatly miss his candor and ribald sense of humor.

  18. Sally Dorthy,Scott & Danny I don”t have the words to tell you the loss we feel.We thank God that we were able to spend some of our life with him and will keep that memory forever.May God bless all of you and be strong as he would want you to be.

  19. Sally & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our family will miss seeing him outside leaning against the car just looking up & down the street and his friendly smile & wave. May all your memories bring you comfort. Love Danny, Stella & Family

  20. We are so sorry to hear of Ramsay being call home to the lord so soon in life. I can remember a time long ago when Ramsay, stayed and helped me with my ill horse “Ginger” and remarking. “What a kind and gentle man he truly was”. Sally, we wish we could be there with you during these difficult days, just know our prayers are with you always! Love Lorraine and Dawn The LORD is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIGHT.

  21. Our deepest sympathies to the Downie Family from the Buford friends, ” THE TERCERO FAMILY”. Mr.Alfredo & Mrs. Yadira, Freddie, Joey, Amelia (Mela), Julissa, and Maura, and most of all we’ll always cherish those good’le neighboorly family childhood memories.

  22. Ramsay was a year older than me (Betty and I are classmates—Maui High 1956)—will always picture him driving to school in the blue Studebaker pickup—he was a big, friendly man too—no one ever gave him any “da kine”. More recently I enjoyed talking to Ramsay both on the phone and via email—his daily jokes were always appreciated. My condolences to all—he will be missed but certainly not forgotten–We will meet again.

  23. Our family will all truly miss Ramsay and his kind & loving spirit. He loved being at home with his family, and he loved seeing his family and friends all enjoying each other. For many years, our family has been a witness to his loving spirit, and he inspired us to be kind and loving to others, also. Sally, you made a good choice with him, and the living example of love and kindness that you two set together will be with our family forever. GOD BLESS YOU. From: the Family of Rose Inniss (Rose, Natalie, Elizabeth, Noel, & Clinton)

  24. I am saddened by the news of Ramsey’s passing. Got an email from Bill White who gave a beautiful guestbook signing. I remember Ramsey always giving you a warm-hearted smile no matter what his personal statis. A good friend always to me, and made my life as a Continental and Sysco driver more enriched by knowing him. All God’s blessings and comfort to the Ramsey Mac Donald Downie family.

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sally, and your family. I have such great memories of Ramsay; our growing up on Maui; Kaunoa School…with my mother as one of our teachers. I am so deeply saddened that Ramsay has left us. He will always be in my heart. I’m so very glad that we were able to be together for our mini reunion a couple of years ago and to finally meet you. With deepest Aloha, Shirley

  26. Sorry for the loss sweets mrs Sally n Dorothy. I still wondered after my visit there n meeting you all if Ramsey continued to turn the sign around on the bear:) hehe that was the cutest thing. Still makes me chuckle knowing he did that. Much love to you two n hope to see you all again oneday:)

  27. The first time I met Ramsay I was so intimidated, but after a while he made me laugh , he had such a great sense of humor!You could count on him always. Sally said she was lucky to have him. Well he was lucky to have her also . They complete each other. I always thought they were the perfect couple. And Ramsay was one of the best husbands I have ever known. He was a good father and a good friend. The world will be a little less than it was without you. With Deepest Sympathy, Andrea and Brad Moore & Family

  28. Ramsay was one of the greatest guys I”ve ever had the pleasure of coming in contact with.His memory will live on in the hearts of all. Love Will

  29. i wish icould have been there to express my feelings for a wonder ful man and his family who are a perfect example of the meaning of family love and unity. i feel that lesley and cooper are so fortunate to share in it. in closing, my love and my heart reach out to all of you, bob the elder.

  30. Dear Sally, Dorothy, Danny, Scott, Lesley, Cooper and all: I was so very sorry to hear about Ramsey’s passing and wanted to send my love and condolences to you all. I’m so sorry. I remember coming over to your house and Ramsey’s beaming smile, kind of watching all of us gossiping, laughing and hanging out with a bemused smile, enjoying the activity, sitting in his beloved chair and checking out the activity and then going back to watching his sports games or NASCAR. One wonderful memory I have of your family is that it is filled with love and you felt that the minute you walked in your house. I know this love and the warm, loving memories you have of Ramsey will carry you through this difficult time. I will be thinking of you all and send my love to you. Love, Dana Long and family (Michael, Lauren and Gillian Mathews)

  31. This house is so incredibly empty without you Daddy it’s unbelieveable. I miss you so much, I think about you everyday when I get up to make the coffee for me and mom or take peanut out front for ‘sniffies’. I love you and thank you for all of the wonderful memories and lessons. You really are one in a million daddio. Your little girl.

  32. You were my friend and an amazing grandpa. Threw my baby years till teenager, you were a delight and pleasure to be around. You were a great grandpa to me and kelsie. I miss you so much and I will take care of grandma and dorthy. I love you papa

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