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William R. "Bill" Davis, Jr.
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Davis Family Children's Trust, C/O Leah Gassett, 32 Taft Ave. Newton, MA 02465.

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“Bill is greatly missed by all who knew him. His family is so special. Laurie is doing a fantastic job raising his 3 beautiful children. May Bill rest...Read More »
1 of 68 | Posted by: Mary Lou Hughes - Needham, MA

“Laurie, thinking of you and your children.God bless your beautiful family.Kathy D'Agostino ”
2 of 68 | Posted by: Kathy D'Agostino - Waltham, MA

“Laurie, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
3 of 68 | Posted by: Shannon Shavor - Needham, MA

“I am so very sorry and shocked at the loss of a good man. My heart prayers and love go out to Bill's family, his two kids and unborn baby and his...Read More »
4 of 68 | Posted by: Kaysee Long - Mahopac, NY

“Dear Bill and Marie, We were so heartbroken to hear about your son, Bill's passing. Our sincere deepest condolences. Much love to the family. ...Read More »
5 of 68 | Posted by: Joanne and Peter Wladkowski - MA

“Catherine, Harrison and baby Davis, know that your father loved you beyond words. He once told me "Who knew that it would be like this? My favourite...Read More »
6 of 68 | Posted by: Heather Hinton - Austin, TX

7 of 68 | Posted by: Joan Casey

“Laurie and your precious children, Catherine and Harrison, and to Bill's parents, Marie and Bill, may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful...Read More »
8 of 68 | Posted by: Dick and Joan Casey - Fairhope, AL

“Laurie, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Bill from Babson College and he was the guy who was friends with everyone. He was the real deal,...Read More »
9 of 68 | Posted by: Dale Waddington Horowitz - CA

“Dear Laurie and Children, I just wanted to let you know what a gentlemen your Husband, and Father was to work with. He was always very polite, and...Read More »
10 of 68 | Posted by: Jim Obi - Charleston, SC

“I am stunned and saddened by the news of Bill's unexpected passing. Bill was a devoted to his family and committed to the success of his extended...Read More »
11 of 68 | Posted by: Erik Vaag - Boulder, CO

“To the entire Davis family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you for the passing of Bill. ”
12 of 68 | Posted by: Ed Renaud

“Laurie, We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Out thoughts are with you and the children. ”
13 of 68 | Posted by: Wayne and Kelly Lord

“My deepest sympathy goes out to Bill's family and friends. He was a such a wonderful person with an infectious since of humor. He will be greatly...Read More »
14 of 68 | Posted by: Cheri Smith - Round Rock, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. I have many fond memories of Bill from our Babson days. I'll always remember his smile and...Read More »
15 of 68 | Posted by: Jeff Hiromura - Middleton, MA

“Laurie, Catherine,& Harrison - There are few words that could comfort you during this tragic time, please know that you and your family are in our...Read More »
16 of 68 | Posted by: Stephen Reilly - Newton, MA

“To Laurie, your kids, your parents, Bill's parents and siblings, As a classmate of Billy's I was shocked to hear of his passing at such a young age....Read More »
17 of 68 | Posted by: Kimberley Johnson - MA

“Bill and Marie, We are so sorry for Billy's passing. We lost Diane's mother a few weeks ago and our hearts are so sad so we know how you are...Read More »
18 of 68 | Posted by: Diane and Fran Sponholtz - MA

“To the entire Davis family, Our thoughts and prayers are will you all. We are so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Michael and Michele ”
19 of 68 | Posted by: MIchael and Michele Renaud - NJ

“To Mr and Mrs Davis, to Billy's wife and children, I taught Billy at Beverly High School. I remember him with the Silva twins [Mark and Matt],...Read More »
20 of 68 | Posted by: Claire-Marie Hart - Beverly, MA

21 of 68 | Posted by: SCOTT AND LUZ PATRIE - CHELSEA, MA

“Bill And Marie, We were shocked and saddened to hear of your son, Bill's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this...Read More »
22 of 68 | Posted by: Barbara Masiko and Charles Haines - FL

23 of 68 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
24 of 68 | Posted by: Richard and Yvonne Thomas - MD

“Dear Laurie, Harrison, Catherine and all of Bill's family, I know that there is little words can do to ease your pain right now, and our thoughts and...Read More »
25 of 68 | Posted by: Fran Rockett - Hingham, MA

“Dear Laurie,Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your families in the sudden loss of your dear husband, Bill. He surely was a special man,...Read More »
26 of 68 | Posted by: Bill & Kathy Corbett - Estero, FL

“Bill was a wonderful boss, mentor and friend. We wish you and your family peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead. ”
27 of 68 | Posted by: April Piner-Yi - Apex, NC

“We will miss Bill with all our hearts and can't believe he is gone. Laurie, we are here for you and the kids for anything and everything, not just...Read More »
28 of 68 | Posted by: Joanna Noon - Needham, MA

Bill and Catherine dancing - April 2011
29 of 68 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss... ”
30 of 68 | Posted by: Patty Call - Danvers, MA

“Sending my deepest sympathy to the entire Davis family! Billy was always so much fun to be around and when I last saw him at our BHS class reunion...Read More »
31 of 68 | Posted by: A friend

“Marie, Bill & family, So sorry to hear of Billy's passing. Out thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Amy & Richard Viselli ”
32 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Viselli - Salem, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our families spent a lot of time together when we were younger and he was a great guy. My condolences to the...Read More »
33 of 68 | Posted by: Deborah (Sponholtz) Hines - Lynn, MA

“Billy was such a bright spot in everyone's hearts . I remember his positive ways , wonderful sense of humor and love of family . His accomplishments...Read More »
34 of 68 | Posted by: Marilyn Khoury - Salem, MA

“Dear Laurie and family, I can't believe it. I am so sorry and want you to know you are in my special thoughts and prayers. Whatever I can do for you...Read More »
35 of 68 | Posted by: Mary Lou Hughes

“Dear Laurie,There are no words, but there are prayers for you and your children.Warmly,Kathy D'Agostino ”
36 of 68 | Posted by: Kathy D'Agostino - Waltham, MA

“Marie & Bill Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. ”
37 of 68 | Posted by: Peg & Ed Chinchillo - FL

I spent thousands of happy days with Bill. His joy for life was infectious. He was a truly wonderful friend and I will miss him deeply.
38 of 68 | Posted by: Michael Bellomo

“Dear Marie and Bill, Our sincerest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. ”
39 of 68 | Posted by: Bob and Pat Maher - FL

“I will always cherish the moments growing up with my cousin Billy. We spent many days laughing since we both loved to smile. He always had a good...Read More »
40 of 68 | Posted by: Lori Pietripaoli - Santa Monica, CA

“Phyllis & I remember well all the wonderful memories watching Bill grow up. He was such a joy to be around, always smiling, always happy. Watched him...Read More »
41 of 68 | Posted by: Ken &Phyllis Scholes - Sarasota, FL

“I have known Bill for 10+ years and worked with him through a variety of roles. Bill was one of those rare individuals that could be laser-focused...Read More »
42 of 68 | Posted by: Ruth Simonis - OH - IBM colleague

“Phyllis & I remember well all the wonderful memories watching Bill grow up. He was such a joy to be around, always smiling, always happy. We watched...Read More »
43 of 68 | Posted by: Ken & Phyllis Scholes - Sarasota, FL

“My memories of Bill go back to high school. Bill played the role of smart jock, with a ready laugh and a wry smile. He had a magnetism and...Read More »
44 of 68 | Posted by: Wayne Ferrari - Beverly, MA

“Dear Laurie, I am so, so sorry to hear the sad news- I remember meeting Bill at your house and being so impressed at his friendly, cheerful manner....Read More »
45 of 68 | Posted by: Monica Staley - Needham

“Bill was a great manager and leader for all of us and we all respected him. He truly cared for every employee he managed. He will be greatly missed...Read More »
46 of 68 | Posted by: Paul Sullivan - Harrison, NY

“I have known Bill for 10+ years and worked with him through a variety of roles. Bill was one of those rare individuals that could be laser-focused at...Read More »
47 of 68 | Posted by: Ruth Simonis - OH

“I'm glad to have had the opportunity to work for Bill. He was a good guy. Please accept my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
48 of 68 | Posted by: Bob Korabik - Cary, NC

“We are so sorry to hear the news. Our deepest sympathies to the Davis family. ”
49 of 68 | Posted by: Collette Snoonian

“I will always remember Bill for his positive, can-do attitude and ready laugh as we traveled our shared Corio/IBM experience. His ability to lead...Read More »
50 of 68 | Posted by: Dawn Stacy - Gilbert, AZ

“My heart goes out to the Davis Family for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. loveChristine Legault ”
51 of 68 | Posted by: Christine Legault - Newton, NH

“Laurie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathies to you, Catherine and Harrison. ”
52 of 68 | Posted by: Diane Burris Dunham

“Deepest sympathies, Laurie, to you and your darling children. We will keep all of you, including Bill,in our prayers.Judy and Wes Harrington ”
53 of 68 | Posted by: Judy and Wes Harrington - Newton, MA

“Dear Laurie,We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Bill jogging with a child in the stroller and biking with a child in the back...Read More »
54 of 68 | Posted by: Marilyn and Russell Cheung - MA

“My condolences and heart felt sympathy to the Davis family. May the support from the many people who's lives were touched by Bill offer you comfort...Read More »
55 of 68 | Posted by: Julie Gulliford - Hungry Horse, MT

“I will always remember Bill's smile and the smile in his voice when we spoke on the phone. He was always a vibrant presence in every setting we...Read More »
56 of 68 | Posted by: Mark McNair - Franklin, NC

“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Although I have many fond memories of Bill from our "Babson Days" perhaps the most vivid is when he taught me...Read More »
57 of 68 | Posted by: Priscilla Christie - Wellesley, MA

“Words cannot express the heartfelt sadness and unbelief that I feel at this time. Hearing Bill's voice and enthusiasm as a leader and mentor at IBM...Read More »
58 of 68 | Posted by: Ilene Yocum - Fleming Island, FL

“so sorry to hear of Billys passing, have been friends since 1st grade. He will be remembered with a smile on his face. xoxo ”
59 of 68 | Posted by: debra scouras bernfeld - beverly, MA

“It is with a heavy heart that I say good-bye to Bill Davis. My prayers are with the Davis family as well as with his IBM family. May your memories of...Read More »
60 of 68 | Posted by: Tracy Jackson - Lanham, MD

“Our thoughts are with you Laurie during such a difficult time. ”
61 of 68 | Posted by: Rick & Barb Leland - Franklin, MA

“At this difficult time in your life, I pray that God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this. Stay strong and know...Read More »
62 of 68 | Posted by: Murali Thantry - Bangalore

“My deepest condolences to the Davis family, Bill was a great guy who will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. ”
63 of 68 | Posted by: scott cunningham - Beverly, MA

Falmouth Summer 2007 “At this difficult time, I am focusing on all the great memories and happy times spent with my friend Bill. I will never forget his smile, which...Read More »
64 of 68 | Posted by: Greg Heger

“We love you, Laurie, Catherine and Harrison. -the Noons ”
65 of 68 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Laurie, My family and I are very sad to hear of your sudden loss. What a difficult and shocking thing to happen. I remember dancing at your...Read More »
66 of 68 | Posted by: Carol Tennant - Kingston, MA

“Rest in peace Bill. You were a wonderful,caring manager and I am glad to have benefited from your wisdom and guidance.Trust but verify. May God's...Read More »
67 of 68 | Posted by: Trudy Rudder - Raleigh, NC

“Bill was a great friend and colleague, and a wonderful person. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Laurie, Catherine and Harrison. ...Read More »
68 of 68 | Posted by: A friend

William R. Davis, Jr., of Needham, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his home. Bill was 49 years old. He was a graduate of Beverly High School Class of 1982 and earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from Babson College. Bill was a dedicated employee of IBM.
Bill was a good hard-working man, and a reliable and constant friend to many. He was always ready to lend a helping hand or celebrate the good fortune of others. He was spirited and fun-loving and couldn't help but make those around him smile. His ability to focus on what was important and not take himself or others too seriously was a comfort to many. Throughout his life, Bill channeled his abundant energies into sports of all kinds as an athlete: football; rugby; running the streets of Needham as well as having completed the Boston Marathon four times; chasing his children on the beach, zooming down bike paths, or exploring forest trails; and of course as an avid New England Patriots fan.
Bill was fully and completely devoted to creating an idyllic, wonderful, and happy life for his beloved wife Laurie (Gassett) Davis, and his most-cherished children Catherine, Harrison, and the eagerly-anticipated new baby Davis who is expected to arrive in August 2014. Bill is also survived by his parents William and Marie Davis of Beverly, MA, his siblings Mark Davis of Falmouth, MA, Allison Goble of Gaithersburg, MD, and his nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at the Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Avenue, Needham on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment at the Needham Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A reception to celebrate Bill's life will be held at Laurie and Bill's home immediately following the interment.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham on Sunday, March 9 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Davis Family Children's Trust c/o Leah Gassett, 32 Taft Avenue, West Newton, MA 02465.