Wrisley Funeral Home
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Morgan R. Davis

Visiting hours for Morgan will be held on January 20, 2018 at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield from 3;00PM to 6;00PM. A funeral will be held at a later date with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Sunderland, MA

Morgan R. Davis passed away on January 15, 2018 after a courageous battle with ALS. He was born on April 12,1942 in Lenox, MA to the late Richard P. Davis and Charlotte Pease Davis. He attended Lee Public Schools, graduating in 1960 and then graduated from AIC in 1965. He married Barbara Dzenis, his beloved wife and best friend for 52 years. Morgan resided in Springfield, MA and moved to Wilbraham in 1972. He was employed at AIC, Monsanto, and International Valve, Inc. retiring in January of 2017.

 

Morgan was busy, constantly, for his 75 years pursuing and applying knowledge and a broad set skills that would typically take others 10 lifetimes to acquire. He was an expert machinist, builder, gunsmith, mechanical diagnostician, shooter, pilot, photographer and problem-solver.  He was a long-time certified aircraft mechanic. He participated, often as the technical lead, restoring a diverse range of systems that included antique fighter and civilian aircraft, a B-17, numerous antique cars including one that appeared at Pebble Beach, PT boats, guns of every kind, tractors, cameras, clocks that ranged from small to clock towers, and even musical instruments. He built a Gatling gun from scratch in his basement workshop. He turned multiple boxes of parts into one of his two personal aircraft, which he and his Barbara flew actively. He did multiple ground-up restorations on his personal 1928 Dodge, and had one of his photos published in LIFE magazine.

 

He accomplished all of this and more because he was a scholar in the purest sense of the word, and curious about literally everything he encountered in life. But, more than for all of that, what Morgan will be most remembered for was using these uncommon skills and his encyclopedic knowledge of aircraft, autos, firearms, etc. for the benefit of literally 100's of people, both friends and strangers, that he helped out of one scrape after another… frequently in the middle of the night, and always without expecting a single thing in return… with his signature comforting smile. 

 

Morgan leaves his wife Barbara, nephew John Davis, niece, Jessica Davis Gaherty, and great-nephews Christopher and Cory Gaherty of Lee, MA along with many cherished friends and neighbors considered to be extended family. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Paulson Davis.

Visiting hours for Morgan will be held on January 20, 2018 at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield from 3;00PM to 6;00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Morgan’s memory to the ALS Association, MA Chapter, 685 Canton Street, Suite 103; Norwood, MA 02062. A funeral will be held at a later date with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Sunderland, MA.
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