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John  Davis

John F. Davis

Friday, December 29th, 1944 - Monday, May 18th, 2020
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Ogdensburg: John Frederick Davis “Papa John”, 75, passed away on Monday May 18, 2020 after a battle with cancer. John was born on December 29, 1944 in Franklin to Thomas and Marian (Lyons) Davis.

John was a man who could light up a room with his laugh, his silliness, his bad dad jokes, and his nature to make sure everyone felt included. He was a fearless defender of the weak and a voice for injustice, putting in every effort to make sure things were fair in every situation. He was loyal, honorable, trusting, dedicated, caring, particularly fond of humor, and a man of conviction with deep integrity. He was a do-gooder, always keeping an eye out for anyone who needed help in any way. He loved a good solid routine, including his daily 1-mile morning speed walk where he made many puppy friends along the way. He lived by basic rules such as not being a burden to society, taking care of others, working hard, living within your means, and enjoying the non-material pleasures this world has to offer.

During his time in the United States Air Force, John developed a love for traveling throughout Europe and appreciating its various cultures. As he started a family, camping trips all over the United States became a pastime. Ultimately, the beaches of Chincoteague, VA became a base for vacation retreats with his wife, children, and grandchildren. It was his sanctuary where he would spend countless hours breathing in fresh ocean air, fully connecting with nature, and appreciating the simple things in life.

After the Air Force, John earned his degree in Accounting at Seton Hall University. He then built an accomplished career as a United States Treasury Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, perfectly suited for his analytical and problem-solving personality. He put in over 40 years of government service and retired in 2008 at which time he was able to work in his yard, lounge in his hammock, and attend lunches with former co-workers and high school classmates. He also enjoyed some years collaborating with his crew at the Ogdensburg Historical Society.

Most notable was the tremendous pride John took in his family and creating memories with them. Road trips, recounting all the adventurous stories of his past, cheering on the sidelines of the kids’ sporting events, witnessing his core values grow within his children and grandchildren, and sharing in the heartiest of laughs were only a few of the family moments he treasured so immensely. In addition to these joyful times, he was also committed to putting all of his energy and resources into laying a solid groundwork for his children’s success.

John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ruth (Dillon-Malone) Davis, his three children, Colin Davis and wife Christine, Brendan Davis, and Fiona Davis, and his four grandchildren, Morgan, Layton, Marinn, and Rylan. He has four brothers, Robert Stanaback and wife Janet, Thomas Davis (predeceased) and wife Margaret, Daniel Davis and wife Gail, and George Davis and wife Gloria.

John was a man who reflected back on his life with no regrets, in all the good and all the bad, and he will be dearly missed by all.

Special thanks to the relentless, compassionate care and efforts of the doctors and nurses of Morristown Memorial Hospital. And an additional thank you for the prayers from family and friends in Ireland and around the world that provided him so much peace. He was so touched by how many cared so immensely about his health and wellbeing.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, Franklin, NJ. For condolences see
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Posted at 03:12pm
I spent many days working with John. He was a true gentleman. He so loved talking about his family. I felt as if I personally knew everyone. He will be missed but his memory will live on. With deepest sympathy to his family.

Anne Masker

Posted at 07:33pm
May John rest in peace and his memory be a blessing to his family and friends.

Carolanne Clark

Posted at 04:22pm
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Jack passing. I will miss him and his famous wit and satire. I will always remember how much fun it was to talk/joke with Uncle Jack.
My prayers are with his family during this sad time.

Carol Anne Clark (Stanaback - Bob's daughter)

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Posted at 11:56am
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Rest In Peace Papa John and know the seeds you planted have scattered into beautiful flowers! With love and fond memories, the Hawken family
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