The Bare Necessities of Life will come to You

I’m sitting here trying to put words together for this post and I’m having a tough time. I have decided that I’ll simply share my dad’s obituary as well as the words to “The Bare Necessities” and hope that you leave this page with a smile on your face and your toe tapping along to a favorite song from the Disney movie “The Jungle Book.”


The Corry Journal, Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 2:00 pm

Daniel Michael Downey, 59

A team of loving supporters, family and friends said good-bye to a dear friend on Saturday Oct. 4, 2014.

Daniel Michael Downey brought joy in the form of a bright smile and hearty hello. People and animals were naturally drawn to him because he made them feel good. In his early days he sang a lot. In his later days he smiled a lot. Both activities were contagious.

His family has expressed immense gratitude to the hundreds of “Team Downey” supporters all over the USA and beyond. For the past several months, he put up with the best that medical science could temporarily do but finally made the choice that he was ready to move on. He wasn’t afraid of what was to come and was helped by a universe full of positive energy to assist him toward his eventuality.

He died at his beloved home supported by those who love him. He demonstrated each day that he was no quitter and put up the fight of a great Irishman.

Dan was born in Corry, Pa., on April 28, 1955, and died after living 59 blessed years.

He is survived by his supportive wife of 32 years, Eileen Downey; three sons and a daughter,  Brandon (Christy) Crotty, Paul (Jade) Downey, Kevin Downey and Kelley (Tarek) Aziz; and seven adoring grandchildren who worshiped their gramps, Aliyah, Mariam, Kinsley, Payton, Tyler, Padraig, and Eesa Daniel.

Dan is also survived by his mother, Rita Downey; and his siblings, Rita Rumbaugh, Sara (Phil) Aravanis, Tom (Rosemary) Downey, Nick Downey, John (Cindy) Downey, Paul (Nancy) Downey and Kevin Downey.

He is reunited with his father, George Downey; his sister, Mary Ellen Downey; and several friends and family who will welcome him home.

Dan was a thoughtful listener, nature enthusiast, Christmas Eve shopper, amateur chef, Home Depot tipper, Louis Armstrong impersonator, banjo picker, master joke teller and day brightener. He never wore a watch and believed in the right time for everything. Dan was Zen before Zen was cool.

Dan had no regrets about how he experienced life. Even in his final wishes, he wanted us to remember his life — not at a funeral event — but at a celebration. No negative — just positive.

In the spirit of Dan Downey, please remember to smile at a stranger, cheer for the underdog, take an opportunity to express gratitude, share a compliment, donate blood, tip for hard work, sing along to “The Bare Necessities” and never, ever stop learning.


This photo is from before dad got his cancer diagnosis (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). We used this picture of him for the obituary because of the pure joy in his face as we flew kites up at the farm, his favorite retreat, with his grandchildren.


From Disney’s animated classic, The Jungle Book

“The Bare Necessities”

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn’t be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin’ in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They’ll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That’s why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don’t need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They’ll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
‘Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You’re working too hard

And don’t spend your time lookin’ around
For something you want that can’t be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin’ about it
I’ll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you