Scarborough, ME – William S. Davis, 80, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died Friday morning, August 25, 2017 at the Scarborough Terrace.
William was born in Portland to John and Agnes McAvoy Davis and graduated from Cheverus High School in 1955. He attended St. Francis Xavier College for his undergraduate degree, going on to receive his Masters of Science in Education and Masters of Art in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine.
A beloved English teacher, Bill taught at Bonny Eagle High School, where he was also assistant track coach, and at the Maine Youth Center, now known as Long Creek Youth Development Center. During his time at MYC Bill was an outspoken advocate for the youth he taught and worked tirelessly to better their opportunities.
Bill was also incredibly passionate about social justice and volunteer work. In addition to his work focused on restorative justice he supported food and educational programs in Haiti and volunteered at the Maine Medical Center, St. Bartholomew’s Parish and Wayside Food Kitchen.
Bill was a devoted father and grandfather who gave endless love and received it in return. He loved classical music, reading, theater, and baseball, especially those “Damn Yankees.” During his life he could often be seen at Fort Williams and Two Lights State Park.
He is survived by sons John and Christopher Davis, daughter Nancy Keast, her husband Mark, and three grandchildren Jessica, Megan, and Matthew. He was predeceased by son James Davis and partner Blanche Mack-Davis.
A service will be held at Saint Bartholomew’s Parish, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth on Monday, September 4, 2017 at noon, with a Celebration of Life to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Wayside Food Programs
PO Box 1278
Portland, ME 04104