Mr. Richard Hamilton Davis 74, of Topsfield, beloved husband of Cheryl L. (Dudley) Davis, died December 18th, 2013 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Phillip B. and Elizabeth A. (Tappan) Davis. He was raised and educated in New Hampshire. Richard earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and continued his education earning his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Richard began his career at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT. After four years, he started employment with General Electric Company in May of 1968. His tenure at General Electric in Lynn, spanned over 45 years, beginning as an aviation engineer specializing in jet engine design and transitioning after retirement into an educational role. Richard loved his profession and colleagues. Due to his profound knowledge and enthusiasm for his work, Richard was called upon frequently to act as a technical mentor. A resident of the Town of Topsfield since 1968 and a dedicated family man, Richard had many interests and took great delight in gardening, swimming, running, skiing, car racing and wood working. Further, he was a licensed pilot since 1981, piloting a Beechcraft Bonanza on many trips with family and friends. In addition to his loving wife of 48 years, Richard is survived by his sons, Jeffery H. Davis and his wife Ashley E. of Sandown, NH., John C. Davis of Houston, TX., his daughter Christine J. Caton and her husband James R. of Chantilly, VA., his four grandchildren Caroline, Reece, Ileana, Isabelle, his sister Elizabeth A. Chandler of Castleton, VT., several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Relatives and friends were invited to attend services. His funeral was in The Congregational Church of Topsfield, intersection of Main Street (Rte 97) and Washington Street Topsfield, on Monday, Dec. 30th at 11 A.M. with collation following at the Fellowship Hall in the Emerson Center, 9 East Common Street Topsfield. Burial was private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-ODonnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St. (Rte 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Richards name to the New England Organ Bank, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www. odonnellfuneralservice.com.
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Published in The Danvers Herald from Dec. 23 to Dec. 30, 2013