Robert Davis

Robert Merle Davis

Thursday, July 26th, 1945 - Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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Robert Merle Davis of New Providence, NJ passed away at Morristown Memorial Hospital on April 11, 2019. He was 73 years old.

Rob was born on July 26, 1945 in Monterey, CA to Doris Hassler Davis and Jerome Dean Davis. A “blue baby” Rob was born with tetralogy of Fallot and in his youth underwent two surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital under the care of the renowned physician Helen Taussig, surgeon Alfred Blalock, and their assistant Vivien Thomas. At the age of one he moved with his family to Singapore and then eventually to Yokohama, Japan where his father was the general-manager of Standard Vacuum Oil Company. Rob graduated from Yokohama High School – “Yo-Hi” and continued his education at Whittier College and then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with his MBA from Wharton Business School. In 1969, Rob met Sharon Jackson, a colleague of his in the Special Industries Training Unit at Chemical Bank in New York City. They were married for 48 years.

Rob continued his career with Chemical Bank moving from New York to Tokyo, Japan to Taipei, Taiwan and on to Hong Kong, and finally Jakarta, Indonesia where they raised their two daughters, Helen Davis Gomes da Silva currently of Campina Grande, Brazil and Lisa Davis Tranquillo of Lewisburg, PA. He finished his career with Bank of Hawaii and then back to New York with the Consumer Finance Group of AIG, retiring in 2007.

Rob beat the odds with his heart condition as the medical world always stayed a step or two ahead of his health needs. In 2008 Rob underwent a heart transplant at Newark Beth Israel Hospital which gave him a new lease on life to enjoy his grandchildren Laura and Paul Tranquillo and Alexander Malaquias Gomes Davis. He lived life fully, traveling the globe for work and pleasure. More importantly, he embraced the small every day moments. He was a devoted husband and an extremely proud father and grandfather. Rob’s large heart was his greatest strength and he often blamed his heart for why he broke into tears at the slightest sentiment. He could spin a story like no other and he loved to laugh. His deep, fantastic laugh was legendary. Rob was a voracious reader and especially loved reading presidential biographies and he always cheered for the underdog such as his Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles.

In addition to his wife, daughters, and grandchildren, Rob leaves behind two sons-in-law – Joseph Tranquillo and Otacílio Gomes da Silva Neto, a brother and his wife, Jerome and Lee Davis of Copenhagen, Denmark, a sister and brother-in-law Julie and Hugh Pearce of Los Altos, CA., as well as three nephews and a niece. He will be missed immensely by his family and his friends from the Summit Old Guard, the League of Women Voters, and the Christian Community, as well as his colleagues and friends from his years in Asia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whittier College, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, and the Sharing Network. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 11 am at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Millington, NJ with a reception to follow. Father Peter Krebs and Reverend Victoria Geer McGrath will officiate.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    All Saints Episcopal Church
    Address
    15 Basking Ridge Road
    MILLINGTON, NJ 07946
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    Officiant
    Father Peter Krebs
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev. Victoria Geer McGrath
  • Interment

    Location
    Private
    Address

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Posted at 08:55pm
Sharon, You are in our hearts and thoughts at this time of loss and sorrow. Your Kirk cousins, Stuart, Roger, Nancy and Carol
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Diane Gallo

Posted at 09:27am
Rob was a caring, warm person, very hard-working for the causes he believed in. HIs insights at our Book Club will be missed, along with his deep laugh and big smile.
Rest in peace.
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Helen Dempsey

Posted at 06:51pm
We will always remember his updates during the crash in Indonesia in the late 90s. It kept us up to date with what was happening at that difficult time. We will always treasure our memories from our stay with Robert and Sharon in New Jersey. Wonderful host, raccontour and friend. You will be missed by your loving family but also friends around the world. Condolences from Perth Australia. Helen and Craig Dempsey. Love to you all.
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Paige Carranza

Posted at 02:38pm
I am terribly sorry for the loss of such a wonderful kind man. His laugh was absolutely contagious and his smile was the highlight of the room. My heartfelt sympathies to Mrs. Davis. You are in my prayers.

-paige, smg podiatry
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monica remelgado

Posted at 10:23am
DEAR SHARON AND FAMILY,
YOUR DAD WAS A GREAT AND FUNNY MAN. EVERY TIME HE WOULD COME TO NICKEL STREET SALON. OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES FROM, MONICA, MARYANN AND ANNA. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
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