ELLISBURG, NY — Edmund M. Davis died Christmas night, Dec. 25, 2019.
He was born the son of the late Philip Frank and Doris Machold Davis on May 19, 1929 in Watertown, NY.
He graduated Deerfield Academy and Hamilton College before entering the University of Virginia Law School from which he was drafted into the United States Army. He was honorably discharged after his service in Germany. He then completed his law studies at Cornell Law School. He began his law career and became a partner at Hiscock, Cowie, Bruce and Mawhinney Law firm from which he retired in 1995. That firm has evolved to the present Barclay Damon Law firm.
Mr. Davis was a director of Niagara Mohawk. He was director of HSBC Central. He was a trustee of Clarkson College and an advisor to the Emerson Literary Society at Hamilton College. Mr. Davis was the treasurer of the Everson Museum during the time of the building of the present edifice. He was a longtime trustee of the Ellisburg Cemetery Association. He was president of the Syracuse Boys Club and was awarded for “unselfish devotion and long and faithful service to the Boys Club” by the Old Boys Association. In 2003 he was awarded a Leadership Donors award by the Boy Scouts of America.
In 1950 he became a mason in Rising Light Lodge #637 in Belleville, NY. He was inducted into the Scottish Right in 1963. He was a member of the Century Club.
He was a member of the Ellisburg United Methodist Church.
He married the former Grace Sheldon in the Hamilton College Chapel in 1958. Together they had four children who survive him as does his wife – Jennifer (Jan) Rogers of Geneseo, NY, Melissa (Lucy Legere) Davis of Syracuse, NY, Edmund Jr. “Ted” (Mary) Davis of Camillus, NY and Sarah Davis of Cazenovia, NY. Also surviving are grandchildren Benjamin, William, Annabel, Laura and several nieces, nephews and a cousin.
He was predeceased by his brother, Philip Davis.
There will be no funeral. The family will gather at their Canadian camp for a “Final Farewell to Dad”.
Friends may call noon. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Home, 7883 Route 289 Belleville, NY, or 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Century Club, 480 James Street, Syracuse, NY.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the devoted caregivers he had while still at home – Cindy Tull, MaryBeth Alibrandi, and Michael Moore. The care he received at the Iroquois Nursing Home was a comfort to all.
Memoriams may be made to the Ellisburg Cemetery Association c/o Mary Bettinger, PO Box 31, Ellisburg, NY 13636.
Online condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.