- July 17, 1925 - March 26, 2015
- Wilmington, Delaware
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“Bill and Family,Sorry to read about your Dad's passing. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.Dave Olsen
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“We have many fond memories of Bill and Helen and our extended families and friends. We will miss him dearly.
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William H. Davis, Sr. died peacefully on March 26, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware.
He was born on July 17, 1925 to the late Benjamin M. and Edna (Griffenberg) Davis. Bill was raised in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from P.S. duPont High School in 1943. In high school, he was the President of Sigma Kappa Delta fraternity and enjoyed organizing many successful events. After graduating high school, he attended Princeton University and was the 3rd baseman on the Princeton baseball team. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
After an honorable discharge from the Marines, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Manahan. They were married for 33 years and raised six children together.
Bill was one of the founding members of Davis Insurance Agency, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware in 1948. As the president of the company, he successfully ran the sales portion of the business until his retirement in 1995. He had fond memories calling on his many clients throughout the surrounding area.
Bill was an avid sports fan and a season ticket holder for the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and 76ers. As a lifelong member of the Wilmington Country Club, he enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his many friends. He especially liked playing cards on Tuesday nights with the guys. Bill loved the summers spent with friends and family in Ocean City and Avalon, New Jersey. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Jeanne Manahan Davis, his second wife of 24 years, Helen Romanoli Davis, his brothers Robert Davis and Ben Davis, his sister-in-law, Anne Davis, and his great grandson, Andrew Krisiewicz.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Krisiewicz (Kris), Chris Hammond, Joan Crifasi (Steve), Betsy Jamison (Brien), and his sons, Bill Davis (Lisa), and Bob Davis (Susie). His nineteen grandchildren, Christopher, Beth, Matthew, Mandy, Kristy, Jimmy, Steve, Jane, Katie, Becky, Meg, Brien, Kelli, Lauren, Stephanie, Matthew, Jeffrey, Scott and Will and his nine great grandchildren, Cameron, Keira, Alex, Emily, Juliet, Annabel, Allie, Chloe and Will.
Other survivors include his niece, Judy Short (Doug), four great nieces and nephews, and Helen's three children and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 13th and Broom Streets Wilmington, Delaware where friends may call at 9:30 am. The interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806 or The Mary Campbell Center, 4641 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.