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John Edward Davison

January 11, 2017
Westfield Republican

John Edward Davison (Oct. 23, 1930 to Dec. 24, 2016) of Webster, NY was born in Philadelphia, PA to John E. (Sr.) and Helen Schwartz Davison.

He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from PennState in 1952, where he met and married MaryLou Adams of Newport News, VA and lettered in cross country track. He was in ROTC and then served in in the US Army Corp of Engineers. A licensed Professional Engineer, he held positions at Armstrong, (Lancaster, PA), Fiber Industries, (Shelbyville, NC), Welch Foods (Westfield NY), Seneca Foods (Marion, NY) and Comstock/Curtis-Burns (Rochester, NY) as well as several consulting positions. His work was in industrial engineering and environmental compliance. A professional highlight was serving on the committee to approve the first UPC codes in the early 1970s.

He had many active civic commitments including Rotary (president of the Westfield chapter), and a Seneca Park Zoo docent. He was an active Presbyterian elder: serving at Webster Presbyterian (NY), Westfield 1st Presbyterian (NY) Churches, on the national General Assembly Council for two terms, working with the Presbyterian military chaplins' society and traveling on mission trips to China and Brazil. He served on the service board of the Rochester Presbyterian Home where he was cared for during his last three years.

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John Edward Davison

He and MaryLou were avid birders traveling throughout the US as well as Canada, Central America, the Amazon and Africa. He also played softball into his 60s and tennis into his early 80s. He had a dry active sense of humor full of compassion and irony.

He is survived by his son, Brian H. Davison of Knoxville TN (husband Darren Schmitz), his daughter Jeanne A. Davison of Rochester, grandsons John and James Davison and daughter-in-law Beth Davison of Avon. He was preceeded in death by his wife MaryLou, his son David J. Davison, and sister Naomi Soltys.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Webster Presbyterian Church on Jan. 22, 2016 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seneca Park Zoo or the Alzheimer's Association.



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