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Adrian Pettit, a former trainer and steward, passed away this morning after a battle with illness. Mr Pettit had most recently been a casual steward in the Mildura region, presiding over race meetings and helping Mildura Harness Racing Club at trials. Acting HRV Chief Steward Nick Murray said Mr Pettit was “first and foremost a true gentleman”. “Adrian was such a genuine person with the way he approached life and interacted with others,” Mr Murray said. “Adrian was very conscientious and committed to his role with the HRV stewards. He was a popular figure and valuable asset to the group, officiating within the northern region of the state, performing his role at Mildura, Ouyen and Swan Hill race meetings. “Adrian will be sorely missed by the team and on behalf of the HRV stewards I extend my sincere condolences to Sharon and Adrian’s extended family.” Mr Pettit began stewarding after a move to Mildura in 2016, having previously been a harness racing trainer. Born in Naracoorte, he went to school in Apsley before moving to Ballarat where he became involved in the trots, including racing 15-time winner Jasmarilla, who won both her two and three-year-old Sires Stakes for Mr Pettit. A part-time trainer for more than 30 years, he continued his passion when he moved back to South Australia and stabled at Mawson Lakes near Globe Derby Park, before later relocating to Mildura. Mr Pettit is survived by his wife Sharon Pettit and Harness Racing Victoria extends its sympathies to his family and friends   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing has lost one of its stalwarts with the passing of Cambridge horseman Colin Butler. The 81-year-old enjoyed a long and successful career in the sport, which began in 1971 and continued up until last year upon the retirement of his Group One-winning trotter Charlemagne. As a driver, Butler saluted the judge on 614 occasions and continued driving well into his sixties, while he recorded 296 victories as a trainer. Many of those were recorded in his own right, but he also enjoyed stints training in partnership with Warren Hodges, Kevin Holmes, and his son Tony. Family was a big part of Butler’s life and while he had many highlights in his career, it was two horses owned by his late wife Raelyn which provided him with his biggest thrills in the game. Yvette Bromac had a standout three-year-old season for the Butler’s in 1981, winning eight races, including the Gr.1 DB Flying Fillies’ Stakes (1609m) at Auckland, Gr.2 DB Flying Stakes Fillies’ Stakes (1609m) at Cambridge, and finished runner-up in the Gr.1 North Island Oaks (2700m), and Gr.2 Ballance Stakes (1900m). More than three decades later Charlemagne gave the couple a great boost when winning the Gr.1 4YO Ruby Mobile Trot (1609m) and Listed 5YO Ruby Mobile Trot (1609m). Friend and fellow Cambridge trainer Mike Berger said Charlemagne was a great boost for the Butlers, particularly Raelyn, who was in ill health and was only able to witness his first Jewels victory. “Colin was very family-focused,” Berger said. “The two loves of his life were his family and his horses. “Charlemagne was like his best mate. He did a great job with that horse. He raced for a long time and won two Jewels. “They (Jewels victories) were really emotional because Raelyn was pretty sick when he won the first one.” Berger said Charlemagne was a big part of Butler’s life after the passing of Raelyn. “He was only working him in his last couple of years training,” Berger said. “They kept each other going.” Butler was a notable figure around Cambridge Raceway and Berger said he was a well-respected horseman. “He was a fierce competitor and was very dedicated,” Berger said. “He was a terrific horseman. He said what he thought and had a pretty hard exterior, but he was a big marshmallow inside. “We had a lot of fun when he came over and he was always good to get advice off. “He was an excellent farrier. He could pretty much do everything and most of it was self-taught. “He was such a good old-styled horseman.”

With her right arm extended in a victory salute, Michelle Phillips looked to the heavens as she crossed the line aboard the Tim Bolitho-trained pacer The Big End Oftown at Stawell yesterday. The winner was raced by prominent harness racing breeder, owner and club official Philip Nott who died the previous night. “As soon as we roared out of the gates I knew I had a horse and when I pulled the plugs at the top of the straight he just kept on motoring and they weren’t going to catch us," Phillips said. “The horse looked at me in the parade ring before the race as if he knew what was at stake,” she said. A bookmaker for more than 45 years, there is a fair chance Philip would have looked down from above with a wry smile as his horse knocked punters for a six saluting at the lucrative odds of $34. Philip enjoyed plenty of success racing horses linked back to bookmaking and racing terms with Off The Old’s upset win as a 90-1 chance in the 1999 Geelong Pacing Cup his biggest win. Among his better performed runners was the metropolitan winner Doyouwantitagain, while multiple winners Round Of Drinks and Copyarightwhack were always a topic of conversation along with The Early Crow. In more recent years Philip’s close friend Bolitho has been in charge of the team and the Anakie based horseman admitted the day produced a gamut of emotions. “What an amazing thing to happen, I was a mess after the race,” Bolitho said. “That he was able to win didn’t surprise me all that much because he is a good horse and I told Michelle to go forward at the start,” he said. Bolitho and Philip combined to make frequent visits to the winner’s stall during the past five or six years with the four-time country cups winner Arber and Rule Of Thumb. “Phil would come out to the stables once of week until his health wouldn’t allow him and while he wasn’t a hands-on horseman, he enjoyed the involvement and our trips to the races,” he said. “He will be sorely missed not only by me but also by the industry and his many friends in harness racing.” Philip was a fine contributor to the Geelong Harness Racing Club serving as president from 2005 to 2008 and was bestowed with Life Membership to the club in 2017. Geelong Harness Racing Club president John Ballestrino acknowledged Philip’s service to the club. “I had the fortune of having worked alongside Phil as his Vice-President during his years as President and he never wavered in his passion to see the club succeed and become a force in the industry,” Ballestrino said. “Phil was a friend and mentor to all of us at Geelong, in later years volunteering at trial nights and race days while his health still allowed him to do so. “It will be very hard to replace Phil, his friendship, his leadership and his passion for a good joke will be greatly missed by all of us at the club. “Our thoughts are with his wife Linda and son Craig at this sad time.” Harness Racing Victoria extends sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time.   HRV - John Dunne

Forever linked with two-time New Zealand Cup winner Just An Excuse, Ollie Haines is being remembered as a passionate advocate of harness racing, after his death this week.  He was an “administrator, owner and breeder who was extremely passionate about the industry and doing the best thing for it,” says Harness Racing New Zealand Racing and Marketing Manager Darrin Williams.   At Cambridge he was a steward, committee member, vice president and then president for three years and was also part of the Harness Racing New Zealand executive on and off for a decade.    “He was always the first to go round all the staff and say “hello” to everyone individually.  And his gesture to often shout the staff a morning tea of savouries was always well received,” says Williams.    “He always lobbied on behalf of owners right around the country especially when it came to stakes levels and he had a great understanding of the financial aspects of the industry.”  Self employed since he was 21, among Haines’ interests were a milk run and a forklift business. At 41 he retired, leaving Upper Hutt to retire to Cambridge where he focused on breeding and racing horses.  After first meeting in the 1990s it was a decade later that Haines and Raglan-based trainer Robert Mitchell joined forces.   “He was very astute, quite tough in some respects and quite soft in others,” says Mitchell.  He says Haines was a regular visitor to his stables  – “he’d come to the farm or the beach, he really enjoyed it”  Just an Excuse – bred by Ollie and his wife Irene -  won back to back New Zealand Cups. Not only was Mitchell the winning trainer but son Todd Mitchell won two of his three New Zealand Cups with the horse  (the other was Gracious Knight in 2002).    Mitchell senior says the first win in 2003 was marked in style, with the Haines family, the Mitchells  and a collection of friends heading out for dinner.    “We wondered home about 3.30 in the morning” laughs Mitchell, “it was a celebration”.   In all Just an Excuse won 17 from 39 and over a million dollars.   Smooth Performer was another stand-out for Haines with eight wins in 14 starts including the New Zealand Oaks and Nevele R Fillies final.  Ollie Haines was 81.   “Our condolences go out to all the Haines family,” says Williams, “harness racing has lost a great advocate.”     Harness Racing New Zealand

CARLISLE PA - Arnold C. Shaw, 86, passed away on Monday, August 10 at his home in this southcentral Pennsylvania town. Shaw, a native of Caribou ME and a U.S. Army veteran, is primarily known in harness racing for his more than 20 years working as public relations manager for the Hempt Farms of Hall of Famer Max C. Hempt, located not far from Carlisle in Mechanicsburg PA. The "Home of the Keystones" annually produced some of the major stars of the sport, most bearing the "Keystone" name. Mr. Shaw was a tireless innovator and promoter in making these horses well-known and attractive to yearling buyers at the annual sale in Harrisburg, where his gregarious presence brightened many a conversation, whether about horses or not. Shaw also owned several horses over the years. He was predeceased in death by, among others, his wife Sandy in 2001. Survivors include his fiancée Debra Braithwaite Dolbec, his loving partner of many years; a very large extended family, including those who came to know him in harness racing; and his dog Rusty. Memorial contributions can be made to Residential Hospice of Mechanicsburg, 100 Sterling Parkway #110, Mechanicsburg PA 17050, or to the American Cancer Society. Jerry Connors Jr.

Columbus, OH — Frank Edward Ford, 93, of Ronceverte, W.Va., and a life-long resident of Teaberry Road, died Aug. 21, 2020. Born June 30, 1927, at home in Ronceverte, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by his father, Guy (1933); mother, Francis (Kelley) (1967); and brothers, Albert (1981), James Brown (2001), and Kelly (2002). He was also preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bettie Jean (2006). He is survived by his son, Mark (Kelly) and granddaughter, Reagen; son, Matt (Tina), grandson, Erik and granddaughter, Haylie; several nieces and nephews; and his life-long extended family of Ronnie and Sharon Baker. Mr. Ford was a 1945 graduate of Greenbrier High School where he played on the championship basketball and football teams. He enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in World War II. Upon his discharge at the end of the war, he attended Greenbrier Military School and Marshall University, majoring in mathematics. After completing his education he went to work for C&P Telephone, a subsidiary of AT&T, where he worked for 30 years installing telecommunication equipment and telephone service throughout southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. A devout catholic, he was a life-long member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and was the longest serving parishioner in church history. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a true American, extremely proud of his heritage, his country, and Ronceverte, W.Va. He will be missed by many, especially those who had the privilege of spending time with him and hearing the many stories he shared later in his life. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 25) at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ronceverte, with Father Jim Conyers officiating. Friends and family will be received from 6-7:30 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte on Monday (Aug. 24) with the rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — Harness Racing Trainer Kelly (Schoeffel) Rader, 34, of Evans City, Pa., died suddenly July 27, 2020. She was born Aug. 31, 1985, and was the loving wife of nine years to Justin and a devoted mother to Kaydence and Laurie. She was welcomed into Heaven with open arms by her father, Thomas Schoeffel; daughter, Scarlett Marie; and grandmother, Sis Johnston. She is survived by her mother, Debra (Johnston) Schoeffel; sisters, Jennifer Schoeffel, Abby (Schoeffel) Elsess and Kasey Schoeffel; in-laws, John and Joann Rader; sister-in-law, Jacqueline (Christopher) Hill; brother-in-law, Joshua (Aubrey) Rader; along with many uncles, aunts and cousins. She will also be greatly missed by her two nieces and four nephews, who loved being spoiled by their Aunt Kelly. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. She treated everyone with kindness and respect. She enjoyed and was dedicated to raising, training and racing her family’s horses. Some of her happiest times were spent in the barn and on the race track. After graduating from Seneca Valley High School in 2004, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She then earned her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Point Park University in 2008, graduating Alpha Phi Sigma. Prior to running the family horse racing stable, she was proud to serve families and children as a family therapist. She was a long time member and church elder at Crestview Community Church in Callery; belonged to the Evans City Sportsmen’s Club where she excelled in Youth Trap Shooting; was a long time member of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association where she was a licensed trainer and owner; and was the proud founder of Kelly Rader Racing. She also enjoyed time spent with her family camping and traveling. She enjoyed time at their family cabin with friends and family, in Sinnemahoning, Pa., where she became a member of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Club. Services will be held privately by her immediate family and friends. She will be laid to rest at Evans City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Boylan Funeral Home, Inc., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063. from the USTA Communications Department

Rudy Evangelista was born on April 19, 1934 he labored as a union representative for many years and got into the horse business as an owner with first Norman and then Jeffrey Dauplaise. Many, many years ago Norman knew the SOA of NY was looking for a field representative of its own and recommended as a perfect fit his owner who was a local resident. Rudy not only did the job but exceeded the original expectations we had for him. Rudy along with Mike Santa Maria, Al Pinsi, Vincent Aurrigema and John Brennan have all served the SOA of NYs members admirably. Our friend Rudy moved away and resettled into a well deserved retirement in Toms River NJ, unfortunately he left us July 16th 2020. Rudys wife Jeanette predeceased him 2015. Due to Covid restrictions a funeral will take place Wednesday July 29, 2020 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Toms River, NJ

DAVID FAIRLIE Secretary / Manager, Franklin Trotting Club Inc. March 1980 – 2010 Dave was the Franklin Trotting Club Inc Secretary / Manager for 30 years joining the club in 1980 from NAC airlines in Tauranga. During Dave’s time at the Franklin Trotting Club saw strong racing and training interest at the Pukekohe training complex. Throughout his tenure there were several substantial additions made to the complex including increasing the acreage, new stables and housing, cafeteria and a third training track among other facilities that were completed on the site. Dave saw in this time the evolving and expansion of the Franklin Trotting Club and harness racing industry generally on a whole with the club increasing to eight race permits per season. The Franklin Trotting Cup being a major feature race for the club each season and was run under the Pak’n Save sponsorship for all the races on the night which Dave helped co-ordinate for many years. Dave took a keen interest in all aspects of standardbred racing and breeding. Over the years Dave also raced and bred horses with good success and enjoyment   HRNZ

Bruce Negus says he had an understanding with Mike Stratford: “He didn’t tell me how to train, and I didn’t tell him how to build.” The pair had known each for 35 years, with the Canterbury-based trainer saddened to hear of his friend’s death this week. “He was a character,” said Negus, ”He enjoyed it when we pointed out his failures.” “His legacy will be that he was the world’s best loser – and what I mean by that was that when he did lose he was incredibly gracious about it.” “He always looked for the good in a bad result.” He had been an administrator, owner, and driver and a prolific breeder. “He would have bred and owned 200 horses over the years,” said Negus, “ He’d load up 10-15 mares onto the truck and take them to stud every year.” In 2006 his Classiebawn stud, that his late father Bernie set up, sold Cloncullen (Christian Cullen – Abbeyshrule) for $125,000 at the sales. The best horse he ever bred was open class pacer Locharburn (Christian Cullen – Suzys Delight), who went on to win 14 from 39 starts and $418,584 for trainer Kevin Chapman. As a trainer his record was two wins in 120 starts – Supreme Estella at Roxburgh in 2014 and Classie Regal in 2017 while as an amateur driver he had four wins in 142 starts dating back to 2009. Stratford was prominent in business as well as harness racing. His company Michael Stratford Builders had been involved in many developments, including a recent $3m complex in Riccarton. “He had a real eye for detail … he could be hard nosed but in business sometimes you have to be. “ His last drive was at Addington as recently as last Sunday. Michael Joseph Stratford was 67.

Bob Lippiatt, 73, died Thursday night, June 18, of heart failure after a brief hospital stay. The likeable trainer-driver followed his father Ike into the harness racing business over 50 years ago after graduating from Salem High School. He remained continuously active with Standardbreds until two weeks before his death, except for a stint in the Army when he served during the Vietnam war. During his career he amassed 1,122 wins as a driver, earning $3,262,919 and 338 as a trainer.  Among his stable favorites were Ohio Sires Stakes trotting champions Heather Road, Take Another Puff and Fistfull Of Dollars. Lippiatt and his wife Sherry of 51 years have maintained dual residences in Beloit, Ohio and Pompano Beach, Florida for the past 13 years. Bob raced horses at Northfield Park and many Ohio county fairs during the summer; and worked on the track crew at Pompano Park during the winters. The Lippiatts have two daughters, Theresa and Bobbi Jo, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob has three living brothers and a fourth that died in a horse accident at an early age. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Deans Funeral Home in Salem. They will be posted as soon as available. Gregg Keidel

Real “Coco” Cormier passed peacefully on June 5, 2020. A famous harness racing man, he and his wife Tracy have owned the Pinehurst Track Restaurant for the past 24 years. Originally from Quebec, Canada his love of horses started at the age of 7 delivering milk door to door with his first horse Jessie. He came to the US in his early 20s and began his career as a harness trainer and driver. He raced in the New York/New Jersey area and in his career had over several thousand wins. Coco and Tracy moved down to Pinehurst so he could train horses and decided to buy the restaurant on the grounds. They quickly became a local favorite with their famous blueberry pancakes. Coco was loved by all that knew him. He is survived by his wife, Tracy, and their daughter, Danielle. He is also survived by his two other children; his son Lee and his wife Linda and his daughter Darcy and her husband Tom Reynolds; grandchildren Adrian, Briana, and Calvin, and great-grandchildren Jaxon and Tanner. Coco will be laid to rest in his hometown of Quebec.  Online condolences may be made at Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.        

Ronald Henry (Ronnie) Bencal passed peacefully on Monday, May 25 at 77 years of age after a long battle with respiratory illness. Born in New York City to Henry and Pauline Bencal, Ronnie began his career in harness racing when he went to work for noted horseman Jim Grundy after he was discharged form the Army in 1965. He then moved to the WR Haughton barn where he transitioned from caretaker to assistant trainer. In 1972 he joined his brother Bob as an assistant trainer at Roosevelt Raceway where they would enjoy many successful years racing there and Yonkers, The Meadowlands and eventually the Grand Circuit. During the 1980's Ronnie tried the civilian life for a few years, operating a Baskin Robbins franchise in Florida, but Bob eventually convinced him to return to the stable where he would remain until his retirement in 2012. Bob and Ronnie had a bond beyond their fraternal one, they were also great friends and equal partners in the training of the stable. They trusted each others judgment when it came to evaluating a horse and would bounce ideas off one another regarding how each horse in the stable could be brought to reach their potential. Ronnie was especially good with a horse that required patience. The Bencal brothers had a long relationship with Jeff and Paula Gural, training horses for them since the early 1970's led by 1990 Jugette winner Lady Genius. Ronnie thought the world of them and considered Paula to be a kindred spirit. Ronnie was an engaging and gregarious man. In his Florida retirement he'd spend his evenings at Bill Popfinger's Rattlesnake Jakes restaurant with a group of his friends, listening to the Grateful Dead and rooting for his beloved NY Yankees. He is survived by brother Bob and Bob's wife Monica, younger brother Ken and sisters Barbara and Susan, daughter Jennifer (Cosgrove), granddaughters Stella and Mareena Cosgrove and stepson William Fleming.   No arrangement details are available at this time. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation may be made in his memory.   Nick Salvi

Australian harness racing has lost one of the sport's most successful trainers and influential figures, Graeme Lang. 87-year-old Lang had struggled with health issues since late last year, and passed away this morning, less than a month after his son Gavin lost a battle with cancer. Gavin Lang's death brought to an end one of the most successful harness racing father-and-son combinations in the sport, as both had been inducted as Legends of the sport's exclusive Caduceaus Club. In more than 60 years in the sport, Graeme Lang trained 12,395 starters, had 1822 career wins for $10.5 million in stakes. The Wimmera-born son of a farmer and hobby trainer, Graeme Lang was the complete horseman. Preparing his first winner in the 1950s, Graeme Lang went on to become a five-time leading Victorian state trainer and two-time leading Victorian state driver. He was crowned the leading Australian driver in 1979/80 and secured a swag of major awards in the sport through the late 1960s, 70s and 80s. A wily trainer, a skilful driver and an astute farrier, Lang's affinity with the equine cleared the way for an unforgettable ride with talented but erratic square-gaiter Scotch Notch (Scottish Bret-Ada Glenfern (Tarport Kid) in harness racing's golden era in the 1980s. Graeme Lang and Scotch Notch Lang, trained and drove Scotch Notch for most of her career, but it was his fastidious preparation that put the polish on the trotter, who went on to become a Hall-of-Famer. Scotch Notch and Graeme Lang – an unforgettable ride He rated her as "the best squaregaiter produced in Australasia" and few would argue. The dual Inter Dominion champion won 43 races in Australia, four in New Zealand, and a further 18 in a much-anticipated United States campaign. Her resume included five Group Ones for earnings of $670,000. Graeme Lang's love of the sport was passed on to his sons, Gavin and Chris - Chris, as a squaregaiting trainer and driver is unparalleled while the late Gavin Lang was superior to any driver before him in the cart. Known in the sport as "Daddy" Lang, Graeme observed last year that his sons' talents didn't come as a surprise. "Gavin and Chris drive extremely well because they are extremely good horsemen, and why shouldn't they be?" Graeme said. "I remember my mother going crook at me because I would let them drive fast work at home when they were seven or eight years old. Both of them had a lot of experience early on. It is very rare that horses don't do their best for them. They drive the race to suit the horse to start with, and they know when a horse is doing his best and when he's not." The grand-master of harness racing was presented with the Gordon Rothacker Medal on a memorable night at Tabcorp Park Melton in 2013. Lang had a massive influence on the sport for many years and still held a trainer's licence, and competed up until September last year. His last win was, appropriately, a Group race, with square gaiter Save Our Pennys in the E B Cochran Trotters Cup at Ballarat in January last year. E B Cochran Trotters Cup Save Our Pennys had finished fourth in the Inter Dominion trotting final at Melton, only a few months earlier. Farewell to one of the true champions of Harness Racing Graeme Lang. Harnesslink extends its condolences to the Lang family. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Arthur Vaughn Downey, Sr. passed away at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2020, after a long battle with liver disease. He was 82 years old. Art was born May 4, 1938, in Girdler, Kentucky. He graduated From Greenville High School in 1957. While in high school, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves then following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Art took pride in waving the Downey name. After the passing of his father, he made sure the decorating of the family gravesites continued. Art was a member of the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville, the Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association, past Director of the Greenville Boys Club, past officer of the Greenville Baseball for Boys, and past member and officer of the Greenville JC’s. Art was a Greenville City Water Department employee for 30 years retiring in 1989 as the Greenville Water Department Superintendent. He took great pride in overseeing the building of the new water treatment plant in 1980. On the job site everyday knowing where every nut, bolt, water pipe and valve needed to be. In Art’s younger days, he enjoyed leading Bible study classes and doing guest sermons at the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church of Longtown, Ohio. Art enjoyed watching harness racing, Cincinnati Reds, Dayton Flyers Basketball games, hunting, fishing, and any sport that a family member was involved in. After retirement, Art enjoyed and found relaxation by spending time with his family from the north to the south. Art is survived by his wife of 61 years Korene “Rae” (Marshall) Downey, as they were married December 20, 1958, at the Nashville EUB Church. Rae rarely went anywhere without Art. Rae was always by his side. Her love and devotion to Art was more than evident especially during the last few years of Art’s life as he battled his illness. He is also survived by his five children: Jerry Downey and wife Angie, Vaughn Downey and wife Pam, Cindy Downey and fiancé Douglas, Larry Downey and Allen Downey and wife Trish; 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, brother George Downey and wife Phyllis of Sharonville, Ohio, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Art was preceded in death by his father Glen “Daddy” Downey, mother Alta Mae (Garland) Downey, step mommy Dorthy (Garland) Downey, sisters Marcella (Downey) Hardy and Janice (Downey) Barnes; brothers Charles Downey, Glen Downey, and Donald Downey. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020, at the Trinity Wesleyan Church, 1400 East Main Street, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Drew Bush officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park Covington, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, and on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of The Heart Hospice of Darke County. Condolences for the family may be sent to Reprinted with permission of The Early Bird

Very sadly John and Judy Stiven have had to endure the loss of their son Lee, who died in Scotland earlier this month. John and Judy are prominent in the Southern Harness Racing industry, breeding their horses at Arden Lodge in Tapanui. John is a founding member of Southern Bred Southern Reared and is unfailing positive about the SBSR brand and it's potential. Here is a note from the family today Many of you will already know that Lee passed away at Dumfries Hospital on Thursday 23rd April just four days after his 25th birthday. His sinus infection developed into an abcess in the brain and tragically he went into a coma and died just a very short time after finally being admitted to hospital. Lee will be cremated at Roucan Loch Crematorium in Dumfries at 9pm this evening our time so if you would like to share a quiet moment for us and Lee then that would be lovely. Lee Stiven, Judy and John Stiven seen here with Countess Of Arden winning photo from Ascot Park in September 2018 (Bruce Stewart Photo) We are fortunate that Lee was staying at the Goldie family farm at Newbiemains, Annan, south west Scotland and he is now at their home until the service tonight. We will be able to connect privately with the Trish, Jim and the boys tonight at their home and share some memories of Lee. We don’t know when or how but Lee’s ashes will be returned to New Zealand and there will be a memorial service held at a later date. John, Judy, David and Cindy, Scott and Danielle, and Kate

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