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Abbott H. Davis

May 6, 1922 - March 30, 2015

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Abbott H. Davis, Jr., 92, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2015 at his home at Evergreen Woods in Branford, CT. He was predeceased by the enduring love of his life, Sarah Jane (Pat) Davis with whom he was married for 63 years. Abbott was born on May 6, 1922 as the only son of Abbott H. Davis and Emma Taylor Davis. He was educated at Hillhouse High in New Haven and received his degree from Dartmouth College. He served with distinction as a pilot in the United States Air Force during WWII, discharged with...

Abbott H. Davis, Jr., 92, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2015 at his home at Evergreen Woods in Branford, CT. He was predeceased by the enduring love of his life, Sarah Jane (Pat) Davis with whom he was married for 63 years. Abbott was born on May 6, 1922 as the only son of Abbott H. Davis and Emma Taylor Davis. He was educated at Hillhouse High in New Haven and received his degree from Dartmouth College. He served with distinction as a pilot in the United States Air Force during WWII, discharged with a rank of First Lieutenant. In 1946, he commenced a lifelong career at the Southern New England Telephone Company, starting as a commercial representative and rising to serve as Vice President of a number of departments in the company before retirement. He was also deeply involved in community affairs serving as President of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the New England Council, a Trustee of the New Haven Savings Bank, a member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven and as Chairman of the New Haven United Way. A true renaissance man, Abbott was a successful businessman, a gifted musician, pilot, boater, golfer and devoted father, husband and grandfather. He was never more himself than when playing the piano to an appreciative audience or crooning an old time tune to his beloved Southern Belle, Pat. He also loved piloting a boat across Long Island Sound with the salt spray in his face or contemplating the wild blue yonder as he flew a sea plane over Madison. He would have liked nothing better than to relieve our grief by telling us a joke in some misguided accent. He was predeceased by his sister, Maritta DeMerritt. He is survived by his beloved children, Abbott (Kip) H. Davis, III and his wife Georgia of Madison, CT; Jane Wyld and her husband Bob of West Simsbury, CT; Diane Davis and her husband Harley Hiscock of Woodbridge, CT; and Bruce Davis and his wife Margaret of New York, NY; by his special friend, Elizabeth Lozier of North Branford, CT; and by his eleven adored grandchildren and his 2 ½ great grandchildren. The family would like to express special thanks to Abbott's caregivers, Doreen Santanello and Paa Fynn, who took such wonderful and loving care of him.

The family will celebrate Abbott's life in a private ceremony. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society. For online condolences, visit www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com.