George Roland "Bull" Davey, 86, formerly of Keeseville, N.Y., passed away Nov. 29, 2017, at his residence in Lutz, Fla. The son of George and Margaret Frances (O'Neill) Davey, he was born and raised in Keeseville, N.Y. George graduated from Keeseville High School in 1948 and attended the State University Teachers College of Plattsburgh (NY) graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He was on the men's soccer and basketball teams during his time at university. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 in the Korean War. After completing his Army service, he spent time as a math teacher in Malone, N.Y., then in the West Babylon School District (NY) as a High School Guidance Counselor, where he encouraged students to follow their own path and always rooted for the underdog, until he retired in 1990.
George and his former wife, Mary (Schweikert) Davey of Peru, N.Y., raised three children. George was an avid Mets and Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed hunting and was a long-time member of Camp Kettle and the Wolf Pond Hunting Club. He spent time helping the community as part of the Lions Club in Plattsburgh (NY), Columbia (SC) and Lutz (FL). He was a serious card player and wouldn't turn down a game of bridge, pinochle or pitch. George lived by the motto "There's no such thing as strangers - just friends I haven't yet met" and was the social director in any activity or group he joined. He enjoyed traveling and visited countries in South America, Europe and the Pacific.
George is survived by his brother, Rodney W. Davey of Keeseville, N.Y.; his three children and their spouses: Michael Davey and his wife Lisa of Sumter, S.C., Gwynn Davey and her husband Greg McNutt of Lutz, Fla., and Carroll (Davey) Mannino and her husband Mike of Littleton, Colo. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Claire, Gage, Layla, Brandon, Andrew, Sarah and Allyson.
Following his belief in the power of education, George donated his body to further the learning and research of medical students. There is no scheduled funeral service or memorial. In lieu of flowers, perform a random act of kindness for a stranger, take the time to enjoy a good meal with family and friends, or make a contribution to the Southern Poverty Law Center which advocates for justice and equality. Condolences can be sent to the Davey Family in care of Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL 33618.
Published on December 4, 2017