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William W. (Bill) Davis

William W. (Bill) Davis, 89, died peacefully on March 17, 2014 in Naples, Fla.

Bill was born in Evanston, Ill. He graduated from New Trier High School. After one year at Cornell University, in 1943, he volunteered and served in the Army for 3 1/2 years during World War ll. He was deployed in the South Pacific during that time. He was awarded an appointment to West Point but at the end of the war chose to return to college. He graduated from the University of Michigan and started his business career at Montgomery Ward in 1948. In 1951 he was recalled and served another 1 ½ years in the Korean War. Bill resumed his business career with Montgomery Ward in Chicago, Ill. In 1961 he joined the B.F. Goodrich Tire Company and retired as Vice President of Private Brands in Akron, Ohio. He was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, a founding member of St. Alphonso Catholic Church in Prospect Heights, Ill., a longtime member of St. Hilary Church, Akron, Ohio, St. William Church, Naples, Fla., Fairlawn Country Club and The Club at Pelican Bay.

Bill provided unwavering strength for his family. His children were the source of his pride and happiness. He sincerely loved his work and everything it entailed, including associates and travels. He valued his friends in Akron and Naples, and the good times he shared with them at Fairlawn Country Club and Pelican Bay Country Club. Throughout his life he was known for his generosity, willingness to help others in need, magic card tricks, his love of chocolate (that was only exceeded by his love of golf) as well as his memorable smile.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Sara Lou (Sue) Davis; his children, Beth (David Hughes), William (Vickie) and James; and grandchildren, William Todd, Nicole and Andrew Davis. He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Imus (Philip) and Dorothy Shames (Joseph). Bill's life was enriched by times shared with his close relatives, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at St. Williams Catholic Church, 750 Seagate Drive, Naples, Florida, preceded by visitation at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the .


Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 23, 2014
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