October 16, 1934 - August 13, 2019
Waverly, New York
August 13, 2019
October 16, 1934
Waverly, New York
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Monday, August 19, 2019 from 3 to 5 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York
James Keith Davidson passed away peacefully on August 13, 2019, at the Robert Packer Hospital following a brief period of declining health and a broken heart.
Keith was born on October 16, 1934, in Waverly, New York, to John Rodney and Sara H. Davidson. He married Betty Anne Hollenbeck of Cape Vincent, New York, on July 9, 1960.
Keith was born and raised in the family home on Levis Rd. that his father built and was proud, lifelong resident of Waverly. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1952 and was a good athlete. Keith excelled at both basketball and track. He was honored to be a member of the relay team that ran at the state championships at West Point. Keith always valued his High School and lifelong friendships, especially friends who dropped in to see him. His door was always open. Keith was drafted and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. Upon his return from Wiesbaden, Germany, where he served in a chemical company, he continued his service as a reservist in the National Guard for 2 additional years.
Keith was employed by Hardinge Brothers from 1953-1966. He was employed by and retired from Penelec, Sayre, PA, as a meter reader from 1966-1994.
Prior to reporting for active duty, Keith met the love of his life quite by accident. Betty collided into him at Fraley’s Roller Rink in Waverly, NY. He told her he wouldn’t let her go until he taught her how to stop on roller skates, and he never let her go! Keith proposed to Betty on her birthday after he returned from overseas.
The couple was married at St. Vincent of Paul Roman Catholic Church in Cape Vincent and recently celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary. Betty and Keith proudly raised 4 daughters who survive: Lisa (John) Friedlander with children Cherisa, James Alan, Ryan, Scott, and Thomas of S. Attleboro, MA; Linda (Joseph) Clemenzi with son Nicholas of Troy, NY; Anne (Kenneth, Jr.) Curtis with children Katelyn, Kevin, Kamren, and Kerilyn of Waverly, NY; and Ellen Curtis with sons Wynndham and Clayton of Big Flats, NY.
He is also survived by his brother, C. Wayne Davidson of Towanda, PA, and sister, Barbara Deitzer, of Annapolis, MD; along with many nieces and nephews.
Keith was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty, on August 10, 2019. He peacefully joined her in Heaven 56 hours later. He is also predeceased by his parents, siblings J. Edward (Frances) Davidson, Rita (Nathan) Cole, sisters-in law Jean Davidson and Marian Davidson, brother-in-law Gerald Deitzer, in-laws Walter (Grace) Hollenbeck, and sisters-in-law Mary H. Ransier, Ivy Sinnott, and brothers-in-law Richard W. Hollenbeck and Anthony Sinnott; and grandson Keith A. Curtis.
Keith was a devoted husband and father who sacrificed and supported his wife and daughters fully. As a father, he was always present on the sidelines at sporting events, band concerts, and parades. You could be sure he’d be wide awake sitting in his armchair at curfew time!
Keith enjoyed motorcycles, traveling, trips to NASCAR races, watching college basketball, NFL, whistling, and smoking his pipe. He told us he was a naughty young boy who once got caught smoking a corncob pipe, but his mother said, “He’s a pretty good lad.” He was a lifelong, faithful member of St. James Church.
Dad’s passing so soon after Mom is an unimaginable hole in the hearts of his 4 girls that can never be filled. We are filled with peace knowing they are together.
The family will receive friends on Monday, August 19, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad St., Waverly, NY. A Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 503 Clark St., Waverly, NY. Burial will immediately follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Keith’s name to the Waverly Free Library, 18 Elizabeth St., Waverly, NY 14892.
Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Del & Carol Worden
Sincere condolences for your loss of your Dad. Unbelievable how overwhelming your grief must be at this time. Your Mom and Dad will continue on their journey of heavenly peace as you find that peace in memories and family. So sorry for your huge loss. Our hearts are sad for you.......
From: David and Judy Curtis
Sorry for your loss. We can't imagine your pain.
From: Margaret & Joe Barry
We are very sorry for loss of your Mom and Dad. We only knew them through St. James Parish, and would speak with them often at Mass—They were always so kind and your dad had such a great sense of humor! They were both very proud of you girls and your families. May God comfort you in this time of tremendous loss, may your parents Rest In the Eternal Peace of Heaven together.
With Sincere Sympathy,
Margaret and Joe Barry
From: Miesha D
My deepest condolences to you and your family during these trying times. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
From: June Satterly
Keith was a faithful and true classmate to all our Class of 52. He was always ready and willing to help on our class reunions.
My deepest condolences to the family.
From: Shirley DiJoseph
My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief. From your USS Ronald Reagan friend.
From: Lori & Joseph Barry
We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to our dear friend Lisa Friedlander and family on the loss of both your parents. Such unimaginable grief to lose both parents within a few days of each other. While your dad may have passed from a broken heart, take comfort in knowing they are both together for eternity. May you find comfort in your memories of lives well lived and cherish them often. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending our love and prayers to you all.
From: Geoffrey Cole
I am so sorry for you loss. Uncle Keith was a wonderful and loving uncle. May rest in peace.
From: Leonard & Nancy Limoge
Our deepest condolences to you and your family during these trying times. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
From: Jean Hollenbeck
My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Davidson family on the loss of your parents. I have fond memories of visiting you all in Cape Vincent when I was young. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.