OAKLAND - Barry Lee Davis, 63, of Oakland, passed peacefully from this earth and onto his next journey on the morning of March 12, 2014 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
He was born in Thorndike on Oct. 22, 1950, the son of Carl A. and Elma Lee Davis. He graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, class of 1969. He excelled in sports and academics and lettered in basketball, baseball and cross country, plus participated in several school activities, including Dirigo Boys State, junior class president, the debating team and the senior play, to name a few.
He continued his education at University of Maine at Farmington, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics in 1973. During college, he married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Alexander, and he taught school alongside her in the Rumford/Mexico school districts for several years.
Bear, as he was affectionately known, traveled to California and back again in his quest for adventure and knowledge. He spent several years in Florida, and returned back home to Maine in the early 1990s to help his family. After his nephew Garrett was born, Uncle Bear was how we always referred to him, taking the same presence as his mother when everyone called her Aunt Elma, for their gentleness and good deeds to all who truly knew them.
Bear was predeceased by his parents, his older brother Walter Davis, his nephew Scott Davis and his brother-in-law Dan Place.
He is survived by his sister Carlette and her husband Ken Eaton of Waterville, his nephew Garrett Place of Oakland, his niece Tammy Jo and her husband Steve Lacroix of Fairfield, his great-niece Brooke Davis of Oakland, his trusted sidekick Harvey and many special friends too numerous to name.
If you had the pleasure of meeting Bear during his time on this planet, you were pleasantly surprised by his wit, his wisdom and his love for all things.
Please join his family and friends as we break bread on Sunday, March 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Waterville Elks Lodge
No. 905 Lounge, 76 Industrial St., Waterville. This celebration of his life is to share stories, favorite remembrances or just to say "Hello Neighbor."
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901 or to the
. A spring burial in Albion will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan. Condolences may be written at http://obituaries.onlinesentinel.com/obituaries/MaineToday-MorningSentinel/.
I leave you with Uncle Bear's final message to everyone: "I'll see you when I see you!"