Portsmouth - John M. (Jack) Davis, 90, of Portsmouth, N.H. died on Thursday, July 5th at the Hyder House in Dover, N.H. surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was born on April 30, 1922 in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Frank J. and Hazel Adele Davis. He was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, graduating from Youngstown High School. He was a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1948 with a degree in Engineering and received an MS from Columbia University in Business in 1949. While at Yale he was inducted into the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, and participated in Debate and Boxing teams.
Jack enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and served in the South Pacific. He was with the Marine Air Group 25 and South Pacific Combat Air Transport setting up communication posts. Jack regularly attended MAG25 veteran’s reunions and served for several years as Vice President of the group. He was extremely proud to be a Marine.
Jack recently received his 50 year membership certificate from the Masonic Temple Lodge in Warren, RI and was also a member of the Portsmouth Elk’s Club.
He was an avid tennis player participating in many tournaments in New England and Florida. He was a founding member and President of the Neipsic Tennis Club in Manchester, Ct.
Jack supervised the building of shopping malls and apartments in New England and South Carolina. He established Lydall Woods Corporation in Manchester, Ct, and built an extensive complex of homes and townhouses.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Judith (Judy) Davis, of Portsmouth, N.H. He will be deeply missed by his children: Lee S. Davis and wife Barbara of Evergreen, CO, Lynne M. Tinyszin and husband Ihor of Southington, CT, and John M. Davis of New Britain, CT and beloved granddaughters: Jacqueline and Jessica Davis of CO and Julia and Emily Tinyszin of CT. He is also survived by his stepson David A. Whitehouse and wife Janet of Rye, N.H., four step-grandchildren: Alex, Greg, Eric and Lauren, and three step-great granddaughters: Tiana, Emma and Haleigh. Also surviving is his dear sister, Peggy Snowbrick of Painesville, Ohio.
Masonic services by St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 56 F&AM will be held at 4:45pm Monday, July 9th followed by visiting hours from 5-7pm at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth, N.H. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 10th at 12:00 noon at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or the charity of one’s choice.