Old Saybrook - James "Jim" Davis, 89, of Old Saybrook, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014, after a lengthy illness at Middlesex Hospital.
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He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Alice (Godomski) Davis.
Jim was born in Waxahachie,Texas, on July 26, 1924. He was the second eldest son to the late Allie Lee (Cranford) Davis and Fred Davis.
Jim is survived by his only child, Belinda Murano and her husband, Arthur "Hap" Murano, of Old Saybrook, and the light of his life, his grandson, Erik Christopher Murano of Narragansett, R.I. He is also survived by his brother, John Davis and wife, Dawn, of Waxahachie, Texas; brother-in-law, Chester Godomski and wife, Elizabeth, of Stonington; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by a sister, Billie Lee Davis of Dallas, Texas, and a nephew, Jimmy Lee Davis of Italy, Texas.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he received the American Area Medal, Victory Medal, European Middle Eastern Area Medal, and a bronze star for his service during World War II in Cherbourg, France, during the Normandy Invasion. After his military service, Jim worked as a police officer, security officer, and many years in property management in Rocky Hill. He spent the last 20 years of his career working as a personal assistant to Harriet K. Maxwell in Carefree, Ariz. Jim and Alice retired in 2000 and left Arizona to settle in Old Lyme to be closer to family.
Jim was well known for his many talents such as carpentry, mechanics, electrical work, plumbing, and all phases of construction. He was a guy who could fix anything. Jim also was a self-taught cook and loved to sew. He was an avid UConn women's basketball fan, Boston Red Sox fan, and a New England Patriots fan. But, above all, he loved his family and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
Private funeral services will be held in Old Saybrook by his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, PO Box 804, Essex, CT 06426 or the Weiss Hospice Unit at Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.
To share a memory of Jim or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com.
Arrangements are by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.
Robinson, Wright & Weymer Inc
PO BOX 105 Centerbrook, CT 06409
Published in The Day on July 23, 2014