Clif­ford DeVall Davis Jr., 94, of Kingston

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

KINGSTON >> Clif­ford DeVall Davis Jr., 94, of Kingston, N.Y., peace­fully en­tered eter­nal life on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5, 2018, at Ten Broeck Com­mons in Lake Katrine, N.Y., in the arms of his grand­daugh­ter, Kather­ine, and sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. Cliff was a kind and gen­er­ous man, loved by every­one he met. He was re­spected by his col­leagues and had the high­est in­tegrity. He will be greatly missed by his fam­ily and many friends.

Cliff was born on Aug. 11, 1924, in Kingston, N.Y., the eldest of five sons born to the late Clif­ford and Cather­ine Davis. Dur­ing his child­hood, Cliff lived in Kingston, Ashokan, Sleights­burg, and Port Ewen. Cliff was mar­ried for 66 years to the late Hilda Dol­man Davis. They met in Liver­pool, Eng­land, dur­ing World War II. Cliff and his fam­ily lived in Lake Katrine for 46 years.

Cliff grad­u­ated from Kingston High School in 1940 at the age of 15. At age 17, Cliff en­listed in the Army Air Corps and was as­signed to the 356th Fighter Group, nick­named the “Hard Luck Group” be­cause it suf­fered the high­est rate of ca­su­al­ties for any of the fighter groups. He at­tained the rank of staff sergeant and was sta­tioned at Martle­sham Heath Airfield, Suf­folk, Eng­land. Like oth­ers of the “Great­est Gen­er­a­tion,” Cliff was very pa­tri­otic.

Upon re­turn­ing to civil­ian life, Cliff worked for the state be­fore join­ing IBM in 1948. Cliff worked at the Kingston and Pough­keep­sie plants for 43 years, re­tir­ing 1990. He was a se­nior man­ager in pay­roll and ac­count­ing, was the re­cip­i­ent of numer­ous awards, and was a mem­ber of the IBM Quar­ter Cen­tury Club.

Cliff was a faith­ful mem­ber of the Fair Street Re­formed Church, serv­ing on the church con­sis­tory. He was a dea­con and served in other po­si­tions, in­clud­ing the fi­nance com­mit­tee. Cliff was a found­ing mem­ber of Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 1298 in Eso­pus. He was also a mem­ber of the 398 Club in Sauger­ties.

Cliff was an avid gar­dener, spend­ing long sum­mer days tend­ing to his flower beds. He played base­ball and soft­ball in var­i­ous leagues un­til he was 52. He had happy mem­o­ries of fish­ing with his fa­ther, par­tic­u­larly their fish­ing trips to Canada. In later years, he en­joyed jig­saw puz­zles with friends, read­ing, and watch­ing Fox News while liv­ing at Mid­dle­woods of Farm­ing­ton, Conn., and later at Hud­son Val­ley Se­nior Res­i­dence in Kingston.

Cliff is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Su­san Davis Malm­rose and her hus­band Paul of Sauger­ties, and Clif­ford D. Davis III and his wife Vicki of Lake Katrine. He leaves be­hind two grand­daugh­ters, Kather­ine Malm­rose and Ryan Winne and her hus­band Josh; and two great-grand­chil­dren, Mer­rick Cas­tro and Tim­o­thy Winne. He is also sur­vived by many cousins, nieces, neph­ews, and his best friend, Emily Welch.

Cliff was pre­ceded in death by his daugh­ter, Bev­erly McGarry, and his broth­ers, Bruce, Fred, Matthew, and Paul Davis.

The ser­vice will be held at 11:30 a.m. Satur­day, Dec. 8, 2018, at Fair Street Re­formed Church, with the Rev. Ken­dra Van Houten of­fi­ci­at­ing. The fam­ily will re­ceive their friends at church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., fol­lowed by a Cel­e­bra­tion of Cliff’s Life at 11:30 a.m. A re­cep­tion will fol­low the ser­vice in the church fel­low­ship hall.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions in Cliff’s mem­ory may be made to Hud­son Val­ley Se­nior Res­i­dence, 80 Wash­ing­ton Ave., Kingston, N.Y., or Fair Street Re­formed Church, 209 Fair St., Kingston, N.Y. A tribute for Cliff may be found at www.Car­rFH.com, where you may leave mem­o­ries and ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy for his fam­ily.

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