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Mayor James P. Dodd's tribute to Alderman Paul W. Downs
Release Date: October 11, 2013

I am truly saddened today as one of our Town Alderman, Paul W. Downs passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle that kept him in the hospital for the last six months. The courage he displayed throughout this ordeal is beyond words, but was indicative of the way he handled himself throughout his life-with dignity, grace and quiet strength. Paul was more than a colleague; he was my friend. He was always a happy man who had a smile and good word for everyone. He was a man who cared greatly for his family and friends and was always willing to help them regardless of their circumstances. He touched many lives and had more of an impact on people than I think he realized. Thanks to him I became a better person and learned a great deal about life-about being a man. I owe him more than I can ever express. His passing is a great loss for his family and friends, but for our community as well. I am comforted by knowing that he is in a better place looking out for all of us and his beloved Dover. He was a true gentleman and he will be truly missed. James P. Dodd Mayor

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