Calvin M. Davidson

Calvin M. Davidson died peacefully Monday, March 14, 2011, at Iroquois Nursing Home in Jamesville.

He was born March 6, 1919, in Mundale, to parents George and Laura Davidson.

Cal married Ruth Morrison on July 11, 1942. They made their home in Treadwell for most of their lives.

Cal began his education in a schoolhouse near the family farm in Mundale and graduated from A. L. Kellogg Central School in Treadwell in 1936. He attended Delhi Ag and Tech in 1937. He began working at Barlow's Store in Treadwell in 1937 and eventually became a partner of Harry Barlow and later his son Ted Barlow.

During World War II Cal served in the US Army Air Corps stationed in Italy. After returning home, he continued at Barlow's Store until his retirement in 1984. Cal was a fixture in the community in his white store apron, whistling an old hymn, cracking a joke, or listening to a ballgame on the radio as he served his customers.

Cal was active in the local Republican Committee and served the Town of Franklin as Justice of the Peace, Assessor, and member of Town Board. Cal was active in the Treadwell United Methodist Church, serving as Treasurer and Trustee.

He loved to play golf and was a member of the Delhi Golf Club. He was an avid bridge player and played duplicate bridge at Oneonta, Sidney and Andes and achieved the rank of Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League as well as being a Certified Director. In younger years he was a champion at checkers and coached town team basketball.

Cal was predeceased by his wife, Ruth; and three brothers, Russell, Theron and Delmar. He is survived by son, Richard and his wife, Shirley; daughter, Nancy; grandchildren, Joel Bassani, Jeffrey Bassani and Laura Tedesco.

Burial and memorial service will be held in Treadwell later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Treadwell United Methodist Church.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website:

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.     

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