Shane Downing of Redondo Beach, Calif., editor and publisher of
Newsletter, commonly known as "The Greysheet," lost
his battle to colon cancer June 18. Downing was 47.
Shane grew up around numismatics, and learned over many years about
rare coins from his father, Ron Downing, and grandmother, Pauline
Miladin, who together had purchased Coin Dealer Newsletter in
1984, 21 years after its inaugural issue.
After working at CDN as a typesetter beginning in the mid-1980s,
Shane took over leadership of the company after the untimely death of
his father, Ron, in 1997. Following his father’s example, Shane worked
tirelessly on providing accurate prices for rare coins and quality
articles for his readers. With his technical acumen, he was able to
revolutionize the business by making the CDN available online.
On the rare occasion when he did get out of the office, Shane
enjoyed the outdoors and loved fishing. One of his favorite
destinations was the Sierra Nevadas. As a result of his gentleness and
generosity, Shane had many friends, a loving family, and employees who
admired and respected him.
Shane Downing is survived by his wife, Annette; two daughters, Sara
and Morgan; and his mother, Dianne Downing.
Shane Downing was cremated.
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