In memory of
David Samuel Davies
In memory of
David Samuel Davies
David Samuel Davies WELLINGTON, OH After almost 93 good years, David Davies of Wellington, OH, formerly of Trenton, NJ, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, surrounded by family. David had a good long run. In his last Colgate University alumni news column, David wrote "my spirit is willing but my back is weak…" His mind was sharp, his stories flowed and the piano beckoned his tickle right up to the end. David enjoyed a summer visit to his Colgate alma mater for his 70th reunion and a final visit with family and friends in New Jersey after Christmas. David spent the past six years living with daughter, Bronwen and her husband, Matt and their daughter, Maria and was often visited by family. Those who knew him, from his doctors to his barber, have spoken of his keen intellect and the twinkle in his eye when he found humor in different aspects of life. David braved his declining years with patience and tolerance, determined to live fully. David was an activist all of his years, working in a variety of progressive and educational organizations wherever he lived. He was a newspaper reporter for the Cleveland Press; executive director of the NJ Tercentenary Commission; program officer and deputy director for the US Department of State USAID mission in Ecuador; executive director of the Rutgers University Council of AAUP chapters; director of Housing with the NJ Department of Community Affairs and executive director of the Chattanooga Neighborhood Housing Services. He also started Red Beard Construction Company with his son, Daniel and daughter-in-law, Kim. David was a real Renaissance Man. He wrote in his 1989 resume that he was a "reader, airplane pilot, pianist, writer, skier, bird watcher, scuba diver and hiker." David was an avid reader of history and supporter of National Public Radio. Often he could be found watching MSNBC, shaking his head over the state of politics, always ready to engage in thoughtful discussion of what humans were doing to each other. He was also an active alumnus of Colgate University and wrote the Class of '49 notes in the Colgate Scene alumni magazine for many years until his death. David was predeceased by parents, Ruth K. (McDaniel) and Samuel E. Davies; sister, Ann Carol Davies Traum; son, David Jonathan and first wife, Rosemary (Donaldson). He is survived by his former wife, Patricia Stolarz; daughters, Holly, Sarah, Dana (Joseph Gibbons) Davies and Bronwen (Matt) Fox; sons, Daniel (Kim) and Matthew (Melodie Patton); grandchildren, Ashley, David (Jill), Morgan Davies-Proisy, Samuel, Lindsey Davies and Maria Fox; step-grands, Lauren and David Patton; great-grands, Odessa and Paul Davies; niece, Tracy Bloom and nephews, Mark and Michael Traum and longtime friend, Barbara Lahey. A celebration of life gathering was planned for June. Since Covid-19, however, the family has had Zoom meetings to share stories about his life. David had a great life. He accomplished much. He loved us all well. He left good breadcrumbs for us to follow. He is missed. His memory and legacy live on. Condolences and memories can be sent to daviesfamily1927@gmail.com.
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In memory of
David Samuel Davies
David Samuel Davies WELLINGTON, OH After almost 93 good years, David Davies of Wellington, OH, formerly of Trenton, NJ, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, surrounded by family. David had a good long run. In his last Colgate University alumni news column, David wrote "my spirit is willing but my back is weak…" His mind was sharp, his stories flowed and the piano beckoned his tickle right up to the end. David enjoyed a summer visit to his Colgate alma mater for his 70th reunion and a final visit with family and friends in New Jersey after Christmas. David spent the past six years living with daughter, Bronwen and her husband, Matt and their daughter, Maria and was often visited by family. Those who knew him, from his doctors to his barber, have spoken of his keen intellect and the twinkle in his eye when he found humor in different aspects of life. David braved his declining years with patience and tolerance, determined to live fully. David was an activist all of his years, working in a variety of progressive and educational organizations wherever he lived. He was a newspaper reporter for the Cleveland Press; executive director of the NJ Tercentenary Commission; program officer and deputy director for the US Department of State USAID mission in Ecuador; executive director of the Rutgers University Council of AAUP chapters; director of Housing with the NJ Department of Community Affairs and executive director of the Chattanooga Neighborhood Housing Services. He also started Red Beard Construction Company with his son, Daniel and daughter-in-law, Kim. David was a real Renaissance Man. He wrote in his 1989 resume that he was a "reader, airplane pilot, pianist, writer, skier, bird watcher, scuba diver and hiker." David was an avid reader of history and supporter of National Public Radio. Often he could be found watching MSNBC, shaking his head over the state of politics, always ready to engage in thoughtful discussion of what humans were doing to each other. He was also an active alumnus of Colgate University and wrote the Class of '49 notes in the Colgate Scene alumni magazine for many years until his death. David was predeceased by parents, Ruth K. (McDaniel) and Samuel E. Davies; sister, Ann Carol Davies Traum; son, David Jonathan and first wife, Rosemary (Donaldson). He is survived by his former wife, Patricia Stolarz; daughters, Holly, Sarah, Dana (Joseph Gibbons) Davies and Bronwen (Matt) Fox; sons, Daniel (Kim) and Matthew (Melodie Patton); grandchildren, Ashley, David (Jill), Morgan Davies-Proisy, Samuel, Lindsey Davies and Maria Fox; step-grands, Lauren and David Patton; great-grands, Odessa and Paul Davies; niece, Tracy Bloom and nephews, Mark and Michael Traum and longtime friend, Barbara Lahey. A celebration of life gathering was planned for June. Since Covid-19, however, the family has had Zoom meetings to share stories about his life. David had a great life. He accomplished much. He loved us all well. He left good breadcrumbs for us to follow. He is missed. His memory and legacy live on. Condolences and memories can be sent to daviesfamily1927@gmail.com.
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