Obituary of Joseph W. Davidson
East Greenbush - Joseph William Davidson, 85, of East Greenbush, NY, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Wingate Residence at Melbourne Place, Pittsfield, MA.
Joe, the son of Joseph Elias and Katherine Agnes (Sharkey) Davidson, was born May 19, 1935 in Albany, NY. Joe attended Christian Brothers Academy, Albany, NY, Class of 1952, and served in the US Air Force, 1955 - 1959, George Air Force Base, Victorville, CA. Joe had a distinguished 34 year career as a Civil Engineer for the New York State Office of General Services, retiring in 1996.
Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son-in-law, brother and friend. He spent many hours outdoors, whatever the season, playing sports or games with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Joe also devoted many volunteer hours to his church, St. Mary’s, and in volunteer and elected roles for the Town of East Greenbush. Joe loved antique cars, family history, and spending summers with family and friends at the beautiful cabin he restored in Ticonderoga, Lake George, NY. Joe also spent many hours in genealogical research, discovering ancestors from French Canada, relatives that worked at Harmony Mills in Cohoes, and relatives who were Revolutionary War Veterans.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Margaret Ann (Jewell) Davidson; his children, Michael (Kathleen), Karen (Jim Dawson) Davidson, Jean-Anne (Richard Lattimer) MacKrell, and Jennifer (David) Showalter; his grandchildren, Benjamin, Stephanie, Zachary, Quinn, Aidan and Alexander; his great grandchildren, Marlene, Thomas, and Maeve; and his siblings, brother and best friend, Richard (Alice), beloved sister, Susan (Bill) Allen and dear cousin Mary Anne (late, Thomas) Murphy. He’s also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Joe is predeceased by his dear sister, Barbara (Frank) Pukis; mother-in-law, Margaret Jewell’ and Aunt, Mary Cooke. Joe leaves a legacy of cherished moments with all who knew him and he will be dearly missed by many.
Family and friends may call from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 17 at the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home at 165 Columbia Turnpike in Rensselaer or virtually by Zoom at
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2519808581. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Catholic Church of St Mary at Clinton Heights. Burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rensselaer, NY.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc