Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Robert Allen Davis 1946 - 2007

As some of you may already know, my father in law passed away on Saturday. I am at a loss for words, so I will let his below obituary speak to what a man of strength, character and substance he was. He will be missed more than anyone will ever know, and I am honored for my youngest son to carry his name. All my love to you Katy, and the rest of the family - we will get through this very difficult time together.

Davis, Robert Allen - age 61’Bob’ to most people, ’B.D.’ to his adoring wife of 37 years Katy, died November 10, 2007 at home peacefully surrounded by his loving family, after a long and exhausting battle with lymphoma. He was born in Ottawa, Ohio June 2, 1946, the son of Abraham and Rosemary Davis (Uffenorde). He and his sister, Judy Henn (Ken) grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and he graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1964. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Math from Eastern Kentucky University in 1969. On September 5, 1970 , he married Kathleen Mary (Williams) Davis. She survives along with three amazing children: Kimberly Christine Davis of Chelsea, Michigan, Robert William Davis (Tressie) of Chelsea, Michigan, and Sean William Davis (Janelle) of Dublin, California. And his six grandchildren who were the light of his life, especially in the last few months: Dominic (13), Grace (6), Riley (5), Dean (2), Alex (2), and the littlest angel Robert Allen Davis II (4 months).He founded Pilot Industries, Incorporated in 1977 and grew the company from one employee to 3000 employees and 10 plants world-wide over 25 years. He served on the Board of Trustees of Chelsea Hospital, eventually rising to Chairman. He was a man of the utmost honor, and impeccable integrity. He worked 16 hours a day for many years, but never once missed any of his children’s activities. He loved to fish, taking his children on many fondly remembered fishing adventures in Canada. And he had an absolute passion for basketball! He played in several leagues up until the time of his illness and received great satisfaction from the competition as well as the camaraderie of his fellow players. He was a six foot six inch ’phenom’ at 60 years of age, with a sweet little hook shot that nobody could stop. Bob was a gentle and tender man, loved by everyone who knew him, and so amazingly unique. In a book by Ayn Rand, someone asks, ’Who is John Galt?’ This was John Galt, Bob Davis a man who moved the motor of the world and celebrated excellence in all around him. To everyone he met, he was a mentor, a life coach, a friend and an inspiration. He will be so incredibly missed. Wherever his new adventure takes him, he will be fishing, playing basketball, and hunting for stray golf balls with his pants rolled up. Somewhere he is smiling and caring for us all. Funeral services will be Friday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell funeral home located at 901 N. Main St., Chelsea, MI. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday form 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

3 comments:

Jessica Hughes said...

Tressie, my heart breaks for you and your family. Your father in law sounds like a wonderful man.
You'll be in my thoughts and prayers,

Jessica Hughes

Carlos said...

He was a great Man , in the name of all the Expilot Mexico employes ,we all miss HIM.

CA

Tressie said...

Thank you Carlos - I have forwarded your message to Katy. We all miss him so much.