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James Patrick "Jimmy" Dowdle

James Patrick "Jimmy" Dowdle
  • March 8, 1954 - April 12, 2022
  • Detroit and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Dear John, Barb, and family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Jim's untimely passing. I hadn't seen him in many years but have very warm...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Bob Rowe Rowe - Kalamazoo, MI

“Will always be thankful for the great times when we both lived at Shoreline and the daily lunches poolside at Andy's and the two years you ran the...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: JOHN SELDEN - GROSSE PTE FARMS, MI

“Sincere condolences to the Dowdle family. Jimmy was a dear friend & confidant to so many. His quick wit & unmistakable laugh brought such happiness...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: James James - Royal Oak, MI

“John, I am so sorry to hear that your brother had passed. He was so young! My family sends our deepest sympathy to your family. Gayle (Mapes)...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Gayle Scantlen - Neighbor

“Jimmy,We so enjoyed coming in to Danny's... Chatting with you, catching up with what has been going on with all of us, complaining about some...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: David Kress - OAK PARK, MI

“Condolences, peace, and comfort to Jimmy's family. Your memories will live on forever. David Kress and Glenn Henderson ”
6 of 33 | Posted by: David Kress - OAK PARK, MI

“Last minute I was unable to attend Jimmy's service, but I did watch it online. It was a lovely tribute and the readings touched my heart. I'm so...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Susie Hogan - Augusta, MI

“Many happy memories of Jimmy Dowdle at the Angelo house growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dowdle family. Much love and hugs. ”
8 of 33 | Posted by: Kristi Angelo - Grand Rapids, MI

“Jimmy - You were my Pisces brother. We "got" each other. My condolences to Jimmy's family. I'm still in shock. I will miss you my friend. ”
9 of 33 | Posted by: Andrea Didio - FERNDALE, MI

“Jimmy, I miss you so much already. Your hugs, your sense of humor, your laugh, our jokes regarding MSU and that other team. The many times your did...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Kathy Rice - SB, MI - Sister

“Per my conversation with John today I am sorry I cannot make it work to be there for the ceremony tomorrow. I hope God Blesses all you Dowdles!When I...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Cousin Ted Smith - Naples, FL

“I am so saddened by Jimmy's early passing. To all of his siblings I am offering prayers for peace and comfort as they grieve. I regret that we didn...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Keith Burkhead - Battle Creek, MI

“Jimmy, Your presence brought joy to many people over the years. You were a friend to all, with a welcoming smile, and your charming, clever wit. You...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: John Leclaire - WINTER PARK, FL

“Jimmy, Your presence brought joy to many people over the years. You were a friend to all, with a welcoming smile, and your charming, clever wit. You...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: John Leclaire - WINTER PARK, FL

“John, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, ”
15 of 33 | Posted by: Verna Meneguzzo - Marshall, MI

“John I'm so sorry for your loss. Your brother's story sure reflects a wonderful man who I'm sure will be very missed. Praying for healing and...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Craig Kempf - Marshall, MI

“John, Debbie and family,So very sorry to hear of the passing of John's brother. May all the wonderful memories you made over the years bring you some...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Marcia Leonard - Grand Haven, MI

“Jimmy, I am so grateful you went to opening day and I will never forget The Rolling Stones, it was the best ! ”
18 of 33 | Posted by: Gary Wagner - Royal Oak, MI

“Love and prayers to the Dowdle family. ”
19 of 33 | Posted by: Aileen Potter - Macomb, MI

“Dear Barbie, Liz, John & Deb, Kathy & Ed, Jeannie & Kim, I was so sad to hear of Jimmy's passing. That boy lit up a room, and was always so full of...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Sarah Doyle - Grand Rapids, MI

“Goodbye, my friend. I will always remember your smile, the twinkle in your eyes and the kindness in your heart. I will cherish my memories of time...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Michael McLeod - Detroit, MI

“Rest In Peace my dear friend. You will be missed. We have known each other for over 30 years. God Bless you and tons on ”
22 of 33 | Posted by: Greg Webb - Oakland Park, FL

“Jimmy was such a gift. I'm grateful to have known him these past 25 years. He was a true gem. Always smiling, giving out great hugs, and his laughter...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Lisa Walinske - Detroit, MI

“My dear sweet James, The last time we saw each other was at the burial services of another dear friend of ours. I always looked forward to working...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Mary Riordan - St Petersburg, FL

“I will miss him,his smile,laugh and blue Eyes,I will smile and remember him every time I think of him. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Eliane McNally - Detroit, MI

“My dear cousins, I am so sorry for your loss of Jimmy, aka Jimpy. I hope I can call him Jimpy on this memorial site, for that is who he will always...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Pat (Trish) Smith - Hudson, WI

“James, I will miss you even though we have not been in touch forthe last few year's, I still cherished your friendship. All those year'syou and I...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Dennis Welsh - Ferndale, MI

“I can't begin to express how Jimmy bought so much Joy to everyone who crossed paths with him. I only remembered laughter and joy with each encounter....Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Deneen Shinall - Detroit, MI

“Miss you jimmy.may you rest in peace my friend. ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Thomas Pascador Pascador - MI

“I have known Jimmy my entire adult life and will miss his great smile & laugh. Jimmy helped a naive college boy accept being gay and was instrumental...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: David Sabiston - Palos heights, IL

“We both worked with Jimmy years ago before we moved out of state for some years. Glad we reconnected when we came back to Michigan. Our main memory...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Martin and Robert Guindon and Kapusta (Ross) - MI

“Oh Jimmy, You were such a joy to know. Always a smile. Always a hug. The world is a smaller place without you. You lit up the room. Always a great...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Maggie McCabe - Royal Oak, MI

Farewell to the best bartender in town. St Pats will never be the same without you Jimmy. #RIP  #NoWords #MissingJimmy #ThatSmile #WhosGonnaFillTheVoid #StPatsWontBeTheSame #BigUnicornTears “Farewell to the best bartender in town. St Pats will never be the same without you Jimmy. #RIP #NoWords #MissingJimmy #ThatSmile ...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Maggie McCabe - Royal Oak, MI

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James Patrick "Jimmy" Dowdle, 68 of Detroit and formerly of Battle Creek, passed away unexpectedly as a result of a sudden cardiac event and went from home to Heaven on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Jim was born March 8, 1954 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the youngest child of John Francis and Mary Louise (Smith) Dowdle. As a kid growing up in Battle Creek, he knew everything that was going on and was loved by every neighbor within six blocks of his home. He was a 1972 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central, where he served as president of the Student Council and then attended Kellogg Community College.

Surviving are his siblings, Mary Elizabeth McConville of Ann Arbor, Katherine (Edward) Rice of South Boardman, Jeanette (Kim) Halladay of Ludington, John F. (Deborah) Dowdle of Battle Creek, Barbara A. Dowdle of Kalamazoo; nieces and nephews, Sean (Erica) McConville, Kate (fiancé Frank) McConville, Edward (Eva) Rice, John Rice, Patrick (Juliet) Halladay, Andrew (Unver Rustem) Halladay, Cory (Kori) Dowdle, Bart (Janelle) Dowdle, Adam (Stephanie Reed) Dowdle; numerous great nieces and nephews; special friends, Tiffany Nomides, Bob Dantle and countless co-workers, neighbors, friends and his loyal sidekick, his rescue dog, Willow. Jim was preceded in death by his good friend, Bob Bannos; his parents and brother-in-law, James B. McConville.

In high school, Jim was employed at a downtown movie theatre in Battle Creek and ReadMore Book Store. His career in food service and entertainment began with Joe Ferrari at the Gaslight Restaurant in Battle Creek. He then moved to Detroit, lived downtown on Jefferson and worked for a Riverfront restaurant lounge. Later, Jimmy was a co-owner of Menjo's in Detroit. For the past 16 years, Jimmy has worked and helped manage Danny's Irish Pub in Ferndale.

Jim will be remembered for his love of people, willing to literally give his last penny to someone else in need, mowing someone's lawn because they were not able, or just making someone's life better with his love, hugs and concern. Jimmy was an avid University of Michigan football fan. Jimmy loved opening day in Detroit and always or anytime celebrating his beloved Detroit Tigers with friends and family. He was also a Red Wing's fan, Piston's fan and would occasionally cheer for the Lions. He loved pleasing his customers, with good service, humor, friendship and genuinely including you as a friend for life. Jimmy loved celebrating St. Patrick's Day, birthdays and holidays with family and friends. He had an incredible sense of humor and endearing quick wit. He could light up a room with his laugh and humor. Jim loved his Democratic Party and received a presidential award, thanking him for his leadership in the National Democratic Party from Bill Clinton and Thomas S. Foley. He was also willing to share his opinions about Detroit and Michigan politics. He also knew it was more important to maintain friendships and the love of family and friends than to lose them over political views. Jim loved music, Barbara Streisand, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Pearl Jam, Roxy Music, and more recently, The Weekend (now the ringtone on his phone).

Friends will be received 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Avenue N.E., Battle Creek, MI 49017. A service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at the funeral home 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2022. Committal and interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at:

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