1931 – 2004

LEWISTON – Fred Ellsworth Davis, 72, of 10 West Shore Drive, New Gloucester, died Jan. 13, at Central Maine Medical Center following a vehicle accident.

Mr. Davis was born Aug. 1, 1931, the son of Gladys Moore and Wesley Davis of Auburn. He graduated from Edward Little High School in the class of 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he served as a radioman. Upon his discharge, he attended Portland Jr. College and went on to attend the University of Maine, Orono.

He married the former Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Dawes on Sept. 8, 1956, and they made their home on Old Danville Road in Auburn until 1999, at which time they made their cottage at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester their year-round home.

Mr. Davis entered the U.S. Postal Service in Auburn as a letter carrier. He attended many seminars and postal courses in Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and Maryland. He moved on to become postmaster, holding three commissions in Minot, Norway and retiring from the Gardiner Post Office in 1988. Following his retirement, he was employed part-time by Advantage Business Services for several years.

Mr. Davis held the positions of president for both local and state National Association of Letter Carriers and National Association of Postmasters and State Vice President of Retired Postmasters. He served as President of the New Auburn/Great Falls Federal Credit Union and was on the Board of Directors for 27 years also serving as president. He was a member of Tranquil and Scottish Rite lodges and was a 32-degree Mason and past president of the Kora Shrine Temple Arab Patrol.

He was an active member of the Amvets of New Gloucester and past commander of the American Legion Post 153 of Auburn and was past president and one of the founding members of the Auburn Sno-Groomers. He enjoyed all sports and his time as a member of the Association of Baseball Umpires working with high school and college games.

His true enjoyment came from hunting with his sons who were his pride and joy. He looked forward to each hunting season which became their special time together. He appreciated the beauty of winter nature as he groomed and traveled the many trails snowmobiling about his home and throughout Maine, N.H., and West Yellowstone.

His family was most important to him and he took great delight in spoiling his grandchildren and taking them to lunch when they were little and making fudge with them. He was the happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends at the lake and on his boat. He was devoted to his wife and treasured the times they spent together and loved dancing to their song, “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller. He will be dearly missed by all who had been fortunate enough to have known him.

Survivors include his beloved wife (Betty) of 47 years of New Gloucester; his two sons, Scott and wife Lisa and their children Stephanie, her future husband, Richard Hansen; Ashley and her special friend, Larry Francis, and Kaitlyn, his son Todd and his wife Belinda and their children Sara, Jackie and Erika of Auburn and Lewiston; a stepdaughter, Nancy and husband Michael Shappell of Florida; two stepgrandsons, Joshua and Jason Greenblatt both of N.H.; a brother, Clyde Davis and wife Virginia of Norway; sister, Inez Buck of Auburn; brother-in-law, Forest Dawes and wife Dayle of Maryland; sister-in-law, Joan Litteer and husband John of New York; and several special nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth Davis and W. Owen Davis of Auburn; and a sister, Myrtle Grady of New York.

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