NORTH ANSON, Maine — William Herbert Davis III, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 in Madison.
He was born in Beverly on June 3, 1924 the son of M. Caroline (Kenney) and William H. Davis Jr. Bill was raised in Beverly and graduated from Beverly High School, Class of 1942 and attended Northeastern University prior to his enlistment in the Army Air Corps, where he served our country during World War II as a fighter bomber pilot. He flew 93 missions in the European Theatre and received multiple honors including; The Silver Star, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 18 Air Medals; a campaign medal with 5 battle stars; and in 2006 he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his efforts in liberating France.
After the end of the war, he returned to his studies in engineering at both Northeastern and Boston Universities. He began his working career in Research & Development at the United Shoe Machinery Corp. in Beverly and progressed to general manager at McMillian Laboratories in Ipswich which developed and produced items for the aerospace and defense industries as well as in plastics and fiberglass fabrication for other companies in Massachusetts. Bill lived for 25 years in Beverly before moving to Ipswich for 22 years, where he was active in the local government and served as a volunteer firefighter. He also lived in S. Woodstock, Conn., for 14 years.
Prior to retiring to North Anson, Bill had been traveling to the area for 40 years to enjoy the fishing. It only seemed fitting to retire to his favorite vacation spot with his wife Elizabeth, to whom he was married for 53 years. After retiring, he worked for 10 years as a greeter at the Skowhegan Wal-Mart. He was well known for his gardens and his talent of developing hybrid plants. He was a member of the VFW Arnold Trail Post 8934, American Legion Post 39, St. Lawrence Literary Society, P-47 Thunderbolt Association, and the 362 Fighter Group Association. Bill was the past president of the Putnam Fish and Game Club as well as a life member.
He was predeceased by his wife in 2000 and his parents.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Leslie Ann Daly and her husband Stephen of North Reading; son, Peter E. Davis of S. Hamilton; grandchildren, Tyler, Meryn and Dana Daly and Allison, Sean and Timothy Davis; companion, Harriet French; and sister, Caroline M. Bresnahan.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple St., in Madison, Maine. A committal service with military honors will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29 at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta, Maine. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 65 S. Park St., Bangor, ME 04401.