William B. Davis, Shore engineer, dies


Mass of Christian burial for William B. Davis, retired chief engineer at the Cambridge plant of an electronics company, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Roman Catholic Church in Cambridge.

Mr. Davis, who was 59 and had lived in Cambridge since 1968, died Wednesday of cancer at the Dorchester General Hospital.

He retired about a year ago from the Airpax Corp., for which he began working on a part-time basis in 1949 in Baltimore.

A native of Baltimore and a 1949 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, he attended the Johns Hopkins University before earning anelectrical engineering degree from what is now Drexel University in Philadelphia. He held a master's degree from George Washington University.

From 1957 until he moved to Cambridge, he worked at Airpax's headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A former president of the Fort Lauderdale and Cambridge Lions clubs, he also headed the Lions organization on the Eastern Shore.

He rode motorcycles and was a member of Eastern Shore Retreads and was a former president of the Greater Eastern Shore Bowling Association.

A sailor, he was a member of the Oxford Sailing Association. He also belonged to the Dorchester County Computer Club.

In the late 1950s, Mr. Davis served as an officer in the Army Reserve.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Charlotte Miller; a daughter, Monica J. Davis of Pensacola, Fla.; five sons, William B. Davis Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va., Joseph M. Davis of Easton, Michael P. Davis of Salisbury, and Robert C. Davis and Brian T. Davis, both of Cambridge; two sisters, Joan Signorelli of San Jose, Calif., and Janet Giordano of East New Market; a brother, Paul E. Davis Jr. of Chamblee, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

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