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March 22, 2013

Wilbur Davis

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RIVERDALE — Wilbur Davis passed away on March 19, 2013, at the age of 101.

He was born in 1911, in Kentucky. His parents were Mildred and Ernest Davis.

He was married to Betty Yancovich Davis for 76 years. She passed away in 2012. They had lived in Brooklyn and in Riverdale.

Wilbur was employed as a funeral director with Fairchild and Sons Funeral Homes in Brooklyn for 43 years.

He was an avid sportsman, and shot his last deer at the age of 99 years. He was an accomplished taxidermist.

Betty and Wilbur enjoyed and maintained 190 acres of land in the town of Westford, which they shared with family and friends that frequently hunted and fished the property. They donated this land and a generous endowment for its development to the State of New York in 2001, for the establishment of the Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park.

Wilbur is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, and then a graveside service will be held in Cook Cemetery in West Oneonta at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Kurt Funke officiating.

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