Robert Edward Davis, age 82, of Tilton, NH, formerly of Somerville, MA, died peacefully on March 17, 2017 at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Home.
Robert was born on March 15, 1935 in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Claude E. and Helen (Newgent) Davis. Robert grew up in Somerville and graduated from the Somerville Trade High School in 1953 where he learned the electrical trade but rumor has it that he still couldn’t change a light bulb properly. Robert was part of a large and loving family; while growing up he was very easy going and a wonderful son.
Following graduation, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 30, 1954. Robert proudly served his country during the Korean War for more than two years before being honorably discharged on February 27, 1957. Robert returned home to be with his family.
Robert married Elizabeth (Bosselman) Davis on June 27, 1959. The couple lived in Medfield, MA for a several years before moving to Fremont, NH in December of 1972 where they raised their children Cheryl, Robert, and Diane. Robert was a very devoted and loving father who was always there to support his children. He not only enjoyed all of the time he spent with his family but he loved spending time with extended family and friends as well. Robert loved to travel to California to spend time with his brother David and looked forward to going with his sister Nancy to her son Joe’s hockey tournaments to root him on. Most of all Robert cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren; they really were the light of his life.
Robert worked hard to provide for his family; for many years he was employed as an Engineer for the Raytheon Company. Robert worked in several locations throughout Massachusetts; his endearing personality, knowledge of his job and his outstanding work ethic made him quite successful. Robert was very well-respected in his field and after 38 years of dedicated service, he retired.
In his spare time, Robert loved to take drives in his truck, go fishing and shop on the QVC home shoppers network to find “one of a kind” bargains. Robert was also quite talented and could make crafts of all kinds that were shared with family and friends.
Robert will be fondly remembered for his strength; he persevered through many of life’s obstacles and health issues with an upbeat and positive attitude. He was always very happy, friendly and loved to have great conversations with everyone; according to Robert he had a “Happy Life”. Robert was truly “one of a kind” who will forever be missed by his family and friends.
Robert was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Bosselman) Davis, devoted father of Cheryl Marsolais & husband Timothy of Dover, NH, Robert Davis, Jr. of Rochester, NH and Diane Cook of Brentwood, NH. Loving “Gramp” of Scott Marsolais, Jason Marsolais & wife Candice and Nathan Marsolais, Amanda and Melissa Cook, Katrina Daigle & husband Jason, the late Sandra Davis and Great-Grandchildren Eliza, Alonnah, Livy, Hailey, Kaylee and Alexis. Cherished son of the late Claude E. and Helen (Newgent) Davis, dear brother of Frances Almeida of Somerville, Richard Davis & wife Kay of Quincy, Nancy Luciano of North Andover formerly of Wilmington, the late Claude E. Davis, Jr. and David Davis, brother-in-law of Judith Davis of Arizona. Robert is also survived by many nieces & nephews and their families.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, March 23rd for Visitation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the N.H. Veteran’s Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276.