John G. Davis, liquor sales­man, Ravens fan

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

John G. Davis, a re­tired whole­sale liquor sales­man who loved to dance, died July 5 in his sleep at his home in the Charlestown re­tire­ment com­mu­nity in Ca­tonsville.

The for­mer Columbia res­i­dent was 88.

John Ge­orge Izdeb­ski, who later legally changed his sur­name to Davis, was born in Bal­ti­more, the son of John Izdeb­ski, a long­shore­man, and Ju­lia Gawrys Izdeb­ski, a home­maker.

He was raised on Mil­ton Av­enue and, as a teenager, worked as a huck­ster on an arab­ber’s horse-drawn pro­duce wagon, fam­ily mem­bers said.

In 1946, he grad­u­ated from Mount Saint Joseph High School, then served a year as an Air Force ra­dio op­er­a­tor.

Mr. Davis joined the Kron­heim Co. in 1950 as a whole­sale liquor sales­man. He called on ho­tels, restau­rants and pack­age goods stores. He re­tired in 1990.

In re­tire­ment, he vol­un­teered at the Na­tional Aquar­ium in Bal­ti­more.

A for­mer res­i­dent of Hor­nel Street in the city, he moved in 1962 to an area of Howard County that would even­tu­ally be­come Columbia. Since 2015, he had been liv­ing at Charlestown.

Mr. Davis was a fan of big band mu­sic and had been a life­long dancer. It was at a neigh­bor­hood dance that he met Mary Jo Har­ris. Theyfell in love and mar­ried in1952. Mrs. Davis died in 2012. He was a sea­son ticket holder for the Bal­ti­more Ravens and was also a fan of the Ori­oles. He en­joyed be­ing out­doors and spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

Mr. Davis had been a com­mu­ni­cant of Our Lady of Fa­tima Catholic Church and St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, and St. Paul Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., El­li­cott City, where a Mass of Chris­tian burial will be of­fered at 10 a.m. Satur­day.

He is sur­vived by four daugh­ters, Linda O’Neill of Glen­wood, Pam Tet­low of Fred­er­ick, Deb­o­rah Ross of Le­land, N.C., and San­dra Twohey of Greenville, S.C.; a sis­ter, Do­lores Reuter of Li­titz, Pa.; 12 grand­chil­dren; and 19 great-grand­chil­dren. His son, John G. Davis Jr., died in 2017.

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