of Chelsea, Michigan, died peacefully on July 12, 2021 at the Chelsea Retirement Community. Born in Albany, NY on October 8, 1927, he was the youngest son of Albert Tatum and Martha Ann (Tew) Davis. He is preceded in death by his three older brothers, David, Albert, and Donald.
 
Gordon’s beloved wife, Christine, died in 2017. They were childhood sweethearts and were devoted to each other their entire lives. He is survived by daughters Shelley (Fred) Van Kempen, Pamela (Glenn) Illian, and son Andrew Davis, as well as 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Gordon was a lineman and hotstick foreman at Niagara Mohawk for 40 years. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, retiring in 1986 after fondly being sent off by his guys at a memorable retirement dinner.  
 
He was a member of the Bethany Reformed Church in Albany, New York, where he served as an Elder and Deacon.
 
Gordon’s passion was the Adirondacks Mountains of NY.  Most childhood summers were spent there, running wild and barefoot with his brothers while his mother periodically rounded them up for a meal or to break up a fight and his father was off surveying, most notably, the famous Blue Line boundary of the Adirondack Park.
 
Gordon was a deer hunter, although he often said he preferred watching them instead of shooting them.  He spent many years hunting and hiking with his father, uncles, brothers, cousins and friends in the Long Pond area, first at the old Davis campsite and later at his own hunting camp on the back bay of Hoel Pond near Saranac Lake, NY.  He bought the land there in 1973 and built his camp, with the help of family and friends. What started out as a hunting camp turned into a gathering place for all seasons and helped everyone stay connected and close. 
 
Our Dad was a big-hearted man. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for a friend.  He was persistent and loyal, an explorer, a puzzle lover and problem solver and an eternal optimist.  He leaves us with a lasting legacy of stories, memories and pictures. 
 
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the compassionate, skillful and tender care the staff at the Chelsea Retirement Community gave our father.  It brought us great comfort.  Please send donations to the UMRC Foundation Team Support Fund, 805 West Middle St.  Chelsea, MI 48118.                 
 
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 16th at 11:00 am at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with Rev. LeAnn Seto officiating.  Burial will be at Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York.  Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.

 
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#2 Charlotte Gardner 2021-07-15 15:07
I am sorry for your families loss... Gordon had a heart of gold!! I am so happy I had gotten to know him. He loved his family dearly. I used to sit at night while he put puzzles together and listen to his life stories. What a beautiful life he had. He was a daredevil lol on his snowmobile a few years ago!! The log cabin he built by hand of his own real cabin he owned was a masterpiece! I will never forget him.. prayers to you all
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#1 Carole Shea 2021-07-15 14:02
What a beautiful tribute to Gordon Davis's life that his children - Shelley, Pam and Andy - have offered here! Through their strong family ties, they provided the excellent assistance and care that their father needed. They brought joy to him by reminiscing with stories about his treasured life at camp. They also brought consolation during this last long journey.
May Gordon rest in peace now and may his family be comforted by their dear friends.
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