Robert ‘Bob’ Davis
1935 – 2023
Pomfret – Robert S. Davis, 88, of Pomfret, CT, passed away peacefully at his home on February 17, 2023. He was the loving husband of MaryAnn Davis for 65 years. Born in Putnam, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Walter and Winnifred (LePire) Davis.
Bob worked for Connecticut Light and Power as a Lineman and Supervisor for 38 years retiring in 1994. He was a self-taught woodworker and spent many years making furniture for family and friends. In 1976, he turned his woodworking hobby into a business when he opened the Sanford Workshop in Pomfret. He continued making furniture for many years until a visit to a model railroad layout reignited his childhood passion for trains. He spent his remaining 35 years creating his masterpiece model railroad layout. He had a passion for traveling by rail with his wife and train club friends and spent hours watching trains all over the US and Canada. He was an active member of the Nutmeg Division of the National Model Railroad Association.
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Osborn) Davis; two daughters and their husbands, Sharon and James Hogue of Putnam, CT, Maureen and Larry Lane of Pomfret, CT; five grandchildren, Nicholas and Randy Hogue, Alexandra (Lane) Beckett and her husband Aaron, Kaitlin (Lane) Platt and her husband Justin, and Larry Griffin Lane; his great grandchildren TJ Hogue and Julius Platt; two sisters, Kay Davis of Pomfret, CT, Judy Davis of Branford, CT and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gilman & Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory. For memorial guestbook visit www. GilmanAndValade.com
My deepest sympathy to all the family.
Maureen, our deepest condolences to you and the Davis family.
Dear Mary Ann & family,
I have great memories of running trains with Bob and will miss him as I know you do to.
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
KENNETH H MAY
Our sincere sympathies to the family, Mary Ann and Sharon and Maureen. Many years ago Linda and I did train travel with Bob and Mary Ann. Though we had seen each other less frequently we still remember those times with fondness. We wish you all good memories.
Years ago, I visited Bob’s train layout a number of times to run trains. Bob was a patient and gracious host. He had a wonderful layout.
My condolences to the family.
Ellen Marie & Richard Provencher
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember visiting the Sanford Shop years ago. Bob built several pieces of furniture for us that we still have today. He was an extremely talented artisan woodworker. Our furniture is just as beautiful today as it was the day we picked it up over 30 years ago. Bob also shared several large bags of Pachysandra with us. It had lined his driveway and was the bane of his existence. I don’t know who was happier, me to get it, or him to be rid of it! He was an all around nice guy, with a great fun snarky sense of humor, and we enjoyed going to his shop. Be well. Peace