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Donald Richard "Dick" Davis

1933 - 2015 Donald Richard Davis died on November 19, 2015 at home in Tenants Harbor, ME surrounded by his family. Born in Keene, NH August 31, 1933 to Alice Carrie Thayer and Donald Goddard Davis, he was raised by his father, grandmother, "Dae" Fanny Davis, and step-mother, Jessie Ball Davis. "Richard,"as he was known by his family, was born into a strong musical heritage; thus, his fate was sealed. M usic played a vital role in his life. He performed at many venues, and enjoyed playing music with friends and family. Though a gifted musician, his deep resonant singing voice was his instrument. At an early age, he discovered the town's local library and spent the rest of his life with his nose in a book, sometimes two or three books at a time. Richard and his four younger sisters grew up on the family's small farm in the town of East Sullivan, NH. He married Patricia Anne Keim in 1952 and moved to Pittsfield, MA where he entered a four-year GE Technical Apprentice Program, graduating with honors in 1956. In a career spanning 43 years, he worked for Pittsfield GE Power Transformer, GE Ordnance Systems and Lockheed Martin Ordnance Systems, first as a Design Draftsman and later as a Technical Writer. He retired in 1995. Richard was predeceased by his sisters, Margerie Neveu and Barbara Jean Livengood, and half-sistes, Verna Ball Price, Michelle Kaullen, and Patsy Wisdom. He is survived by his wife, Arline Slote-Davis; former wife, Patricia Keim-Davis and partner, John Ward; daughters, Kathleen Davis and partner, Hector Perez, Marian Davis Gennette and partner, Mary Anne Schiermeyer; son, Morgan Davis and wife, Teri; step-sons Adam Slote and wife, Rosemary, Jason Slote and wife, Margaret Marco; sisters, Lucille Saturley, Claire Oakley and husband Sid; cousin, Warren Thayer and partner, Tom Matsuda; half-brother, Mathew "Bud" Coleman Jr. and wife, Ellen; half-sister, Wendy Wittneber; granddaughters, Krystal Zweighaft and husband, Eric, Audrey Davis, Amanda Davis, Laura Slote, Ann Slote, and Katherine Marco Slote; grandsons, Nyles Stockton Davis, Jamal Stockton and wife, Lindsay Perini, and Alden Slote; great-granddaughter Nilah Rose Stockton; great-grandsons Isaac and Marcus Zweighaft, and Trystin and Noah Knowland; loving; nieces and nephews, in-laws, and many close friends. Dick was the glue and the archivist of the family, wanting to be sure that the family's history was documented and stayed alive. He cared deeply, and struggled to overcome his classic in-grained "Yankee" way of expressing feelings of love for his family and friends. He leaves a lasting memory of his beautiful singing voice, the songs and poetry that he wrote, and his ability to fix anything. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite library or to the St.George, Maine Volunteer Ambulance and Firefighters Association.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 28, 2015
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