James Herbert Davis

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The Reverend Canon James Herbert Davis

SANFORD - The Reverend Canon James Herbert Davis died on Jan. 25, 2013, in Sanford, following a lengthy illness. He was 84 years old.

Father Jim, as he was known, was born in Saugus, Mass., on Nov. 20, 1928, the son of Laurence Frederic and Helen Graves Davis.

He spent his childhood in Saugus, graduating from Saugus High School in 1947. Following his graduation from Boston University in 1951, he attended Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin, graduating in 1954. He was then ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church of the USA in June of 1954, and was assigned to the Episcopal Church in Ansted, W.V. On Jan. 1, 1955, he was ordained Priest by Bishop Campbell in Ansted, and served the diocese of West Virginia in both Ansted and Hinton before attending the University of West Virginia to pursue advanced studies. Following completion of his studies, he served churches in Illinois and Iowa before moving back to New England and residing in Biddeford and then Sanford and Springvale. After returning to Maine, he joined the Anglican Church and served churches in Portland, Conway, N.H. and the Trinity Anglican Church (Pro-Cathedral) in Rochester, N.H. Fr. Jim would also supply at All Saints in Danville, Vt., while visiting family in the area.

It was while serving St. Margaret's of Scotland Church in Conway, N.H., that he met and married his devoted wife, Jean Marie Reckus. They married in February of 1996, and she survives him.

Fr. Jim was made a Canon of the Anglican Church in America.

Father Jim was an avid stamp collector and a lover of museums, genealogy and anything historical. He loved spending time in Boston, browsing the library, the churches, and many other places of interest to him. Researching his ancestors was of great interest to him, and he and Jean had the pleasure of visiting some hometowns of ancestors in England, as well as several cathedrals, while traveling there in the 1990s.

His interest in railroads was legendary, and he would go to great lengths to ride as many trains as possible throughout his lifetime as well as share many stories about his many excursions.

While in Maine, he served as a volunteer and a member of the board at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, where he could be found riding one of the touring trolleys and relating the history of trolleys and of the museum.

Other fond memories of his were of watching the restoration of the Saugus Iron Works (where he volunteered as a guide for a few summers when he was in college), and of the several summers as a boy spent at Camp O-At-Ka in Sebago.

His love of cats was known by all, and one could find his cat curled upon his lap while Fr. Jim read one of his many books or magazines from his vast library. Fr. Jim held membership within the brotherhood of Masons for over 40 years.

Fr. Jim was a mentor and sponsor to many within the Recovery Program of A.A. and recently celebrated his 38th anniversary. Fr. Jim served his church well with love, diligently and with enthusiasm.

Father Jim leaves his wife, Jean, of Springvale; his sister, Patricia Davis Hoffman, of Davidson, N.C.; his brother, Franklin Graves Davis (Diane), of Stonington, Conn.; his younger sister, Gretchen Davis Hammer (Kenneth), of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, in Alfred.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Trinity Anglican Church (Pro-Cathedral, 180 Rochester Hill, in Rochester, N.H.) on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m., with Bishop Brian Marsh presiding. The Reverend Owen Williams is Rector.

Memorial contributions in Fr. Jim's memory may be made to Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, Wis. 53058 or to the Trinity Anglican Church in Rochester, N.H. 03867.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

Published in Fosters from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2013
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