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Herbert L. Davis

Herbert L. Davis of Hardyville passed away on October 25, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Herb was born August 5, 1945 and loved his childhood home in Tennessee where he attended Vanderbilt University and graduate school at the University of Tennessee, earning a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Herb began his career at Celanese Corporation in research of fibers and plastics where he developed several patents. Herb’s expertise led him through a variety of positions at Celanese and later as a vice president of Colgate Palmolive. 

While living in New Jersey, Herb and his wife Carolyn wanted a longer sailing season so they began to look for property in the southern Chesapeake Bay area. They built a beautiful home on Healy’s Creek just off of the Piankatank River, which eventually became their permanent home when Herb announced his retirement.

Herb was a member of Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville where he participated in a wide variety of cruising and racing events.

After attending the famous Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine, on the Eggemoggin Reach, Herb’s love of boats extended to building them. He became very active in the Deltaville Maritime Museum, having honed his own remarkable skill where he volunteered for several years at the Family Boatbuilding Week event at the Maritime Museum.

Herb is survived by his wife Carolyn of 36 years; his sister, Judith King of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Susan Davis of Cary, N.C.; and their golden retriever Emma who was his constant companion in the last months of his life. His extensive and diverse extended family of friends will miss Herb immensely.

A celebration of Herb’s life is being planned for the early spring in honor of his love of sailing as the new season begins. Herb’s spirit will continue to sail on with us always. 

Contributions can be made in Herb’s honor to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043; or the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, P.O. Box 385, Gloucester, VA 23061.

posted 10.30.2012

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