David Llewellyn Davis 11/25/1926 – 4/3/2020
On Friday, April 3, 2020, David Llewellyn Davis died peacefully in his home in Orland. He was born Nov. 25, 1926, in Auburn, N.Y., the son of Janet L. Bridgeman and W. Frederick R. Davis.
Dave spent his childhood and most of his teenage years in the Finger Lakes region of the Empire State. Close to the end of his education at Auburn High School, he joined the United States Army. After completing his basic Army training, he traveled with his unit to Germany, where he served in the Army occupation at the end of the war. Upon returning home, he headed north to Bucksport, where he took a job at the St. Regis Paper Co.
Dave had a cousin who lived in Orland next door to Virginia Soper. Dave and Virginia met and were married for over 70 years. They built a house along the banks of the Narramissic River in Orland, residing there for the rest of their lives.
Dave left the paper mill after 20-plus years and went to work for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in community development, where he worked until retirement. Dave had always been a dirt farmer at heart, and upon retiring, he and Ginny started a successful greenhouse business. Open from dawn till dusk in the summer, they ran it until they decided it was time to rest a bit. Resting for Dave was pursuing his love of poetry. He wrote many poems and published “Ready to Be Surprised,” a collection of his poems.
For over 60-plus years, Dave was active in community organizations, Grange, Masons, church, the Orland Historical Society and the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also elected and served several times as an Orland selectman.
He was Scoutmaster of Troop 102 for 11 years. The boys in his troop, who are now men, still remember the good times they had with Dave and life lessons learned.
By faith a Quaker, Dave was instrumental in starting a Friends Meeting in Orland. His faith was exemplified in everyday life beside the peaceful Narramissic, where he was a consummate practitioner of patience. Strong, steady and patient, Dave was always ready to lend a helping hand. He touched many lives. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A service for David will be held at a later date, the time and place of which will be published.