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Little Falls – J. Keith Davy, age 87 years old, of 49 Jackson Street, Little Falls, New York passed away peacefully at home on Friday June 22, 2018.
Born August 7, 1930, to Wells Sponable Davy and Ruth Johnson Davy, he married Marion Davis of Dolgeville New York on July 19, 1952.
A graduate of Little Falls High school, and president of the class of 1948, Keith Davy graduated from Norwich University in 1952, served on active duty with the United States Army from 1952-1954, and then graduated with a master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1954.
Keith’s entire life was spent in public service of one form or another. Living in Maryland from 1956-1991, Keith worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (later Department of Energy). After retiring from the Department of Energy in 1981, he worked for the National Captioning Institute, and then the University of California and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 1991, he and Marion returned to Little Falls, where Keith became the Director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency, the Mohawk Valley Economic District, then served as a county legislator from 2004-2008. Keith served in many volunteer positions, including the Little Falls Hospital Board, chairperson of the Little Falls First Presbyterian Church Becker Fund, a board member of the Little Falls Community Outreach, and a member of the Little Falls Historical Society, member of the Little Falls Civic Club.
Keith was known by all his friends for his sharp wit and excellent leadership and management skills. Whenever he joined an organization, he quickly rose to positions of leadership. But everyone that ever sat near him for any event knew he would always have a funny remark to share, usually in a voice low enough to not carry. Keith enjoyed vacations and time spent at the family camp on Pleasant Lake NY. He enjoyed the company of their social group/real estate investment group known as “Green Acres.”
He was voracious reader of newspapers, magazines and books, and was always happy and eager to discuss politics, history and the Yankees. He never lost his wit and loved a good joke to the end of his days.
Keith was predeceased by his sister Auline Davy Martin of Little Falls.
Keith is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion Davis Davy, and the following children, grandchildren, niece and nephew: son, Bryan Keith Davy, grandson Thomas, and grandson Peter Davy and his girlfriend Brittany Flook, all of Middletown, MD; son, Bradley Kenneth Davy and Daughter in law Jennifer Noble Davy, grandson William Davy of Frederick, MD, granddaughters Elaine Davy and fiancé Matthew Fessler of Arnold and Frederick, MD, and Caroline Davy Brunger and husband Robert Brunger of Lusby, MD; daughter, Brenda Davy Minso of Little Falls NY and Grandson Vincent Minso and fiancé Mollie Bowling of Frederick, MD; daughter Brigette Davy Morgan and Son-in-Law Steve Morgan of Frederick, MD; nephew, Stuart Daigneau and his sons Charlie and Christopher of Albuquerque, NM; niece, Suzanne Daigneau Hunt and husband Neil and their Daughter Courtney Hunt of Norfolk, MA.
The family will receive visitors at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Jackson Street, Little Falls, NY on Friday, July 6, from 2:00-4:00 PM, and from 6:00-8:00 PM. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 7, at 11:00 AM at the Church with Reverend Tamara Razzano, officiating. Keith’s ashes will be interred at the Salisbury Rural Cemetery following the memorial service with full military honors accorded.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Jackson St., Little Falls, NY 13365.
Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank), 527 East Albany St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-1500.