Francis Davis, 91

Francis Davis, 91

LYNN — Francis “Raymond” Davis, 91, of Lynn, formerly of Peabody, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6 at his home in Lynn. Ray was the beloved husband of the late Doris (Elliott) Davis, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn, Ray was the son of the late Walter and Emma (Walters) Davis. He was a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1946 and attended Burdett College and Bentley College Night School. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII.

He worked at the B & M Railroad for several years and then worked at New England Telephone in the repairs at the central office for more than 35 years until his retirement in 1989.

He had been a resident of Peabody most of his life and formerly of North Andover and Salem. He was a communicant of St. Thomas Apostle Church in Peabody for many years. He enjoyed camping, and building model ships. He was a member of the Disabled Veteran’s Association in Peabody and the N.E. Telephone Pioneers retirees association.

Ray was the loving father of two sons, Brian Davis and his wife, Denise of Haverhill and Stephan Davis and his wife, Beverly, with whom he lived in Lynn; two daughters, Karen Kielbasa and her husband, Thomas of San Antonio, Texas, and Cheryl Coy and her late husband, Richard of Peabody; the dear brother of Walter Davis of Winthrop; the cherished grandfather of Jennifer Slack and her husband, James, TJ Kielbasa, Justin Davis and his wife, Cara, Nicholas Davis and his wife, Tara, Shawn Davis and Kimberly Davis; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Abigail Slack and Jaxtin Davis; and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Service information: Raymond’s funeral will be held from the CUFFE-MCGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Thomas Apostle Church, Peabody, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 from 4-8 p.m. Contributions may be made in Raymond’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950 or via   To share a memory or leave online condolences, please visit


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