, Salem, MA

December 23, 2013

Richard Hamilton Davis, 74

TOPSFIELD — Mr. Richard Hamilton Davis, 74, of Topsfield, beloved husband of Cheryl L. (Dudley) Davis, died on December 18, 2013, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Born in Exeter, N.H., he was the son of the late Phillip B. and Elizabeth A. (Tappan) Davis. He was raised and educated in New Hampshire. Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and continued his education, earning his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Richard began his career at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Conn. After four years, he started employment with General Electric Co. in May 1968. His tenure at General Electric in Lynn spanned over 45 years, beginning as an aviation engineer, specializing in jet engine design, and transitioning after retirement into an educational role. Richard loved his profession and colleagues. Due to his profound knowledge and enthusiasm for his work, Richard was called upon frequently to act as a technical mentor.

A resident of the town of Topsfield since 1968, and a dedicated family man, Richard had many interests and took great delight in gardening, swimming, running, skiing, car racing, and wood working. Furthermore, he was a licensed pilot since 1981, piloting a Beechcraft Bonanza on many trips with family and friends.

In addition to his loving wife of 48 years, Richard is survived by his sons, Jeffery H. Davis and his wife, Ashley E., of Sandown, N.H., and John C. Davis of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Christine J. Caton and her husband, James R. of Chantilly, Va.; his four grandchildren, Caroline, Reece, Ileana, and Isabelle; his sister, Elizabeth A. Chandler of Castleton, Vt.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to attend services. His funeral will be held in the Congregational Church of Topsfield, intersection of Main Street, Route 97 and Washington Street, Topsfield, on Monday, December 30, at 11 a.m.,. with collation to follow at the Fellowship Hall in the Emerson Center, 9 East Common Street, Topsfield. Burial is private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St. (Rte 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard’s name to the New England Organ Bank, 60 First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit