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Robert "Bob" Barlow DavisOctober 14, 1927 ~ October 20, 2017 (age 90)
RANDOLPH, MAINE – Robert "Bob" Barlow Davis, 90, died after a sudden illness on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born October 14, 1927 in Chelsea, MA, the son of Sumner Millhouse Davis and Katharine Barlow Davis, and spent his youth in Braintree. He served in the Army-Airforce and thereafter attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine on the GI Bill. He met his future wife, Beverly Anne Clark in 1950 while working as summer camp counselors at Ridgeway Camp in Jefferson, Maine, and they married on October 31, 1953.
He had a 30-year career in banking, all but one year at the Gardiner Savings Institution in Gardiner, Maine. He started as a bank teller, served in many positions, and retired as the bank's president in 1983. He most enjoyed the "people part" of banking, getting to know his customers and their families and often went out of his way to help them, including achieving their dream of home ownership. He was also honored to serve as President of the Savings Banks Association of Maine.
Bob lived in Randolph with his wife for the last 60 years of his life. He was highly involved in local community service, including the Jaycees, the Gardiner Public Library Trustees, the Kennebec Valley Healthcare System, the Gardiner Board of Trade and the Mary & Curt Lovell Charitable Trust. He also served on various committees and held positions with the town of Randolph, including the budget committee, serving two terms as selectman and had still been active as chairman of the revolving loan committee. Bob also served as a trustee and on various committees for the Randolph United Methodist Church.
Bob and his wife enjoyed traveling together to visit friends and family along the east coast, Arizona and in Europe. He and B.Anne were the consummate hosts when family and friends visited their summer cottage on Dyer Long Pond in Jefferson. He was a private pilot for over 40 years and a charter member of the Pleasant Pond Flying Club. He especially enjoyed giving friends their first ride in a single engine plane, co-piloting with fellow club member Dick and taking trips with his family, including Saturday morning excursions with his eldest son, Craig.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Beverly (Clark); son Craig and partner Kris Ebbeson of Rochester, NH; son Eric and partner Bonnie Farmer of Owls Head; daughter Kimberly and partner Steve Charron of Laconia, NH; grandson, Ryan, and his wife Melissa and great-grandson Camden of Nashua, NH; grandson Adam of New York City, NY; and Ryan and Adam's mother Becky Davis of Brunswick. He was pre-deceased by both of his parents and his sister Marjorie Cobb.
At Bob's request, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Randolph United Methodist Church on Asbury Street in Randolph. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074, or to the Gardiner Public Library Association, 152 White Street, Gardiner, ME 04345.
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough ME 04074
Gardiner Public Library c/o Louise Q. and William G. Hathaway Fund
152 Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345, Gardiner ME 04345