William P. “Billy” Downs

December 23rd, 2020

William P. Downs, “Billy”, age 29, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington and Newbury, NH, passed away unexpectedly on December 19th, 2020.

Billy was born on July 5th, 1991 and lived in Wilmington before moving to Newbury, NH.  He attended school in the Kearsarge Regional School district and was a graduate of Kearsarge Regional High School, where he excelled in both the classroom and on the football field, earning 1st team all-state honors both junior and senior year.

Billy loved sports, football and basketball being among his favorites.  He liked pickup games of basketball with his friends and played in the adult softball leagues.  Billy had a great sense of humor, always cracking jokes with his quick wit and infectious laugh.  He entertained his family and friends with his many forms of creative writing. He was a hard worker for many years at MacKenzie Forms in Wilmington.

Billy was the cherished son of Terri (Downs) & John Higgins of Newbury, NH and William Szydlowski & Michelle Bergeron of Wilmington, dear brother of Sean Higgins and Shannon Higgins of Newbury, NH, loving grandson of the late Forrest “Brownie” & Helen Downs, Cathie Hayes of Wilmington and Dan & the late Maureen Higgins of Worcester, nephew of Jeni Hayes & Brian Stickney of Wilmington, Kimberly & Bill Welch of Tewksbury, Peter Hayes of San Diego, Kevin & Cindy Ronan of Tewksbury, Cliff & Janice Downs of Derry, NH, Carolynn & John Morrison of Wilmington, Glenn Downs & Danielle McKiel of Wilmington, Maureen & Harry Illilopolous of Lexington, Eileen & Jim O’Connell of Worcester, Danny & Amy Higgins of Rutland, Anne & Kim Higgins of Worcester, Mike Higgins of Worcester, Paul & Barbara Higgins of Worcester, Kathleen & Matt Sigrest of West Hartford and Matt Higgins of Holden.  Billy is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 26th, from 2-6 p.m.  Face coverings must be worn at all times in the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Billy’s name can be made to a charity of one’s choice.


23 Entries in Guest Book for “William P. “Billy” Downs”

  1. Michael, Brenda, & Caryssa Ingersoll says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May you find the strength from all the love and support at such a difficult time. Rest In Peace and God Bless! Love Michael, Brenda, & Caryssa Ingersoll ??

  2. Beth Kelley says:

    I’m heartbroken for Terri and Billy. I can’t Express my feelings of sorrow. I wish I could be there to support you both. I miss you guys so much. Love Always, Beth Kelley

  3. Barbara Calcert says:

    John, Terri and family. My heart aches for you. I am so happy you have such wonderful memories of Billy. I will always remember him as the boy walking down the hallway with a beautiful smile. Much love.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Billy was one of a kind – a person who made everyone around him feel loved and welcome. His family, friends, and acquaintances all felt his love, good nature, and kindness. We were all entertained by his sense of humor, story telling, and unequalled ability to make us laugh. Billy was the type of guy who, when he walked into a room, everyone let out a loud, ‘Billy!’ – because, everyone was genuinely happy to see him – no exceptions – and this is what made Billy so exceptional. He was so loved because he went out of his way to make warm, genuine, and loving connections with everyone in his path. He asked great questions, had a memory for people’s likes and dislikes, and always made those around him feel cared for and connected. His friendships transcended age and gender – he would exchange a book with an elderly grandmother figure or shoot hoops with the youngest kids at a party. Billy was the guy you loved to share a laugh or a story with, or just hang out quietly taking in a movie or a game. Billy will be wildly missed, but we’re all better for having known him – the ultimate sign of a life well-lived.
    Love you guys so much.

  5. Marissa Volpe says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  6. Roberta Bergeron says:

    My heart goes out to all of you I pray you all find some peace

  7. Carlene Bergeron says:

    So sorry for your loss . I hope you take comfort in knowing hes in good hands right now.

  8. Erika Les Davidson says:

    We are sending you all much love healing and prayers

  9. Cathy Raymond says:

    Billy was a friend and classmate of our son, Jake, throughout their school years. Terry and John are dear friends. Billy and Jake played football together, had an couple memorable hikes, socialized in the same group and graduated high school together as part of an exceptionally close and special class. Just last summer Billy was on our porch laughing and visiting with Jake and other friends while Jake was home from CA for a visit. Sweet, funny Billy will forever be a part of our family’s life and memories. Rest dear friend, until we meet again.

  10. Michelle says:

    Terri and John, Sean and Shannon, The memories that I have of Billy are some truly special ones. Terri, when you brought him to meet all the aunts, uncles and cousins for the first time, it could have been truly daunting for a young guy, but Billy blended right in with ease. His sweet personality emerged from the very beginning and everyone took to him immediately. He became the 1st cousin that got to go on Ann’s trips too, which broke the ice for that incredibly wonderful tradition, adding to the suspense of the adventures for each cousin that followed. John and Terri, you are in my thoughts. Love to all of you.

  11. Clint Havens says:

    Terri, words are hard to find to express how sad we were to hear about Billy. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Theo Selby says:

    My memory of Billy is his infectious smile and captivating personality. Every time I saw him, we would talk for long amounts of time about anything and everything. Being one of his English teachers, Billy would often tell me about his ideas for short stories, which were always creative, insightful, and funny. I always left those conversations laughing and smiling, having been drawn in by Billy’s magnetism. I am truly grateful and blessed to have shared a good part of my life with Billy. We are all better off having known Billy. Our hearts are with you all! Love you!

  13. Nancy McBride says:

    John and Terri, words cannot express loss, but please know that my heartfelt caring thoughts are with you with love.

  14. Mike Rogerson says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Billy was a great guy, had a lot of fun times and memories working with him down in the Seaport. Always making me laugh! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace Billy

  15. Keith says:

    I am so sorry for your loss

  16. Melanie says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss…

  17. Darcy Hayes says:

    Billy and I both moved to Kearsarge school district in the 3rd grade. We were the two new kids to the class and Bill was wearing a Jerry Rice jersey first day of school and I was wearing a Randy Moss jersey. We immediately became best friends. No matter how mad you would get at Billy he would crack some kind of joke to lighten the mood. He was the most charismatic and hilarious person any one could meet. He will be missed by so many but he’s memories and laughter will live on forever.

  18. Donna Flynn says:

    Billy added so much fun to every event, always making sure to acknowledge and make everyone there feel special. He was a gift to all os us! Terri, John, Sean, Shannon, and Billy, Steve and I are so sorry for your loss – such a kind young man.

  19. Betsy Palmer Feeley says:

    My deepest sympathies to all of Billy’s family and especially to the Downs family, So very sorry for the tragic loss of Billy. Will keep you all in my prayers.


    My heart goes out to Billy’s family and friends. He was a great guy with a big heart And infectious laugh. He will be missed.

  21. Ernie Mills says:

    Sorry sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed working with Billy in chorus and baseball. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a joy to be around. Sending much love, prayers, and positive thoughts.

  22. Maureen and Wayne Parsons says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this very difficult time.

  23. Kelley Joseph says:

    John and Terri,
    I am so sorry to hear about Billy. I feel lucky to have got to know him even if it was for a short while. I know he had a lot of friends and teachers from kearsarge who lived him dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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