Anglican Church in America
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop
Diocese of the Northeast

May 10, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


The mortal remains of the Rev. James Herbert Davis, faithful priest of the Diocese of the Northeast, will be buried at the Nashotah House cemetery on June 18, 2013. The Nashotah House cemetery, which contains the remains of many notable leaders of Anglican and Episcopal Churches, is made available as final resting place for any graduate of the seminary.


Father Davis was a graduate of "The House" and maintained strong connections to his alma mater through the years, frequently attending reunions and other gatherings.


A funeral Mass will be held prior to the graveside service in the Red Chapel on the grounds of the seminary. The Red Chapel is one of the first buildings to have been built at Nashotah House seminary and was constructed in the mid-Nineteenth Century.


The Most Rev. Brian Marsh will officiate at both the Mass and the graveside service.


"Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and light perpetual shine upon him."

The Rev. Canon James Herbert Davis

January 25, 2013
Sanford, Maine


The Reverend Canon James Herbert Davis died on January 25, 2013 in Sanford, Maine, following a lengthy illness. He was 84 years old.


Father Jim, as he was known, was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on November 20, 1928, the son of Laurence Frederic and Helen Graves Davis. He spent his childhood in Saugus, graduating from Saugus High School in 1947.


Following his graduation from Boston University in 1951, he attended Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin, graduating in 1954. He was then ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church of the USA in June of 1954, and was assigned to the Episcopal Church in Ansted, West Virginia. On January 1, 1955 he was ordained Priest by Bishop Campbell in Ansted, and served the diocese of West Virginia in both Ansted and Hinton; before attending the University of West Virginia to pursue advanced studies.


Following completion of his studies, he served churches in Illinois and Iowa before moving back to New England and residing in Biddeford and then Sanford and Springvale, Maine. After returning to Maine, he joined the Anglican Church and served Churches in Portland, ME, Conway, NH and the Trinity Anglican Church (Pro-Cathedral) in Rochester, NH. Fr. Jim would also supply at All Saints in Danville, VT while visiting family in the area. It was while serving St. Margaret's of Scotland Church in Conway, NH, that he met and married his devoted wife, Jean Marie Reckus. They married in February of 1996, and she survives him. Fr. Jim was made a Canon of the Anglican Church in America.


Father Jim was an avid stamp collector, a lover of museums, genealogy and anything historical. He loved spending time in Boston, browsing the library, the churches, and many other places of interest to him. Researching his ancestors was of great interest to him, and he and Jean had the pleasure of visiting some hometowns of ancestors in England, as well as several cathedrals, while traveling there in the 1990s. His interest in railroads was legendary, and he would go to great lengths to ride as many trains as possible throughout his lifetime as well as share many stories about his many excursions.


While in Maine, he served as a volunteer and a member of the Board at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, where he could be found riding one of the touring trolleys, relating the history of Trolleys and of the museum. Other fond memories of his were watching the restoration of the Saugus Iron Works (where he volunteered as a guide for a few summers when he was in college), and the several summers as a boy spent at Camp O-At-Ka in Sebago, Maine. His love of cats was known by all, and one could find his cat curled upon his lap while Fr. Jim read one of his many books or magazines from his vast library. Fr. Jim held membership within the brotherhood of Masons for over 40 years. Fr. Jim was a mentor and sponsor to many within the Recovery Program of A.A. and recently celebrated his 38th anniversary. Fr. Jim served his church well with love, diligently and with enthusiasm.


Father Jim leaves his wife Jean of Springvale, ME, his sister, Patricia Davis Hoffman of Davidson, NC; his brother, Franklin Graves Davis (Diane) of Stonington, CT and his younger sister, Gretchen Davis Hammer (Kenneth) of St. Johnsbury, VT; and many nieces and nephews.


Family and friends may visit on Thursday, Jan. 31st from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, in Alfred, ME.


A Memorial Mass will be held at Trinity Anglican Church,Pro-Cathedral, 180 Rochester Hill, in Rochester, NH, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Brian Marsh presiding. The Reverend Owen Williams, is Rector.


Memorial contributions in Fr. Jim's memory may be made to Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin 53058 or to the Trinity Anglican Church in Rochester, New Hampshire 03867.


The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.  



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