William Thomas Davis, 84, died Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Shore Point Health, Punta Gorda, Florida, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Carolyn Downer Davis for 64 years. Bill was born on July 27, 1937, to the late Irene Tanner Davis and Thomas Davis in Binghamton, New York.
Bill and Carolyn lived their young married lives in Montrose, Pennsylvania, while Bill worked for IBM Endicott and remained with the company throughout his career, moving to various locations in New York and Connecticut. He was a computer programmer and data center project manager, and as such he supervised the development of the programming language APL. Bill and Carolyn also welcomed three daughters, Julie, Jill and Joann during their early years together.
In 1968, they built their home in Highland Mills, New York and remained there until retiring to their summer house at Elk Lake, Pennsylvania. While in Highland Mills, he was a dedicated member of Central Valley Methodist church where he was a board trustee, ran the nursery school and sang in the choir. When he retired, he attended Montrose Methodist church in Pennsylvania and 1ST United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda, Florida. In addition, he held a position on the library board in Central Valley, was an active member of the Lions club and a country club member in Montrose, as well as a member of St. Andrews South in Punta Gorda. Bill also fixed hundreds of watches and volunteered at the jewelry booth at the annual Blueberry Festival in Montrose, helping to raise money for the historic town's new library.
He is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn Downer Davis, daughters Julie Davis Friend and husband Neil, Joann Winner and husband Steve, and Jill Davis Simonson and partner John Garvelli. As well, he leaves behind grandchildren Rachel Winner, Timothy Winner and Rebecca Friend, his sister Carole Nasser and a number of nephews and nieces.
Bill will be remembered as a very intelligent, interesting, quick witted, funny, kind and generous man. He was highly esteemed as a great friend, a lover of antiques, a wood craftsman, an avid Yankees fan and always the pilot of the boat. Ahoy, Captain!
A service will be held at 11 o'clock at Bartron Myer Funeral Home in Montrose Pennsylvania on July 2, 2022.