Donald W. Davis


Donald W. Davis, 89, died on Saturday, September 11, 2010 in Chilmark, surrounded by his immediate family, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born on June 10, 1921, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was a life-long resident of New Britain, Conn., and later Hobe Sound, Florida, and Chilmark. Don is the retired Chairman and CEO of The Stanley Works. For the last 20 years he taught leadership, ethics, and public policy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Cooper Davis, his sister, Maralyn Davis Mazza, his six children — Randall Davis, Deborah Kvam, Donald W. Davis III, Palmer Davis, Jennifer Davis, Ruthie Davis — and his 12 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 1pm on Thursday, September 23 at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, 1051 State Road, West Tisbury. The service will be followed by interment at Abel’s Hill Cemetery and a reception at The Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

Additionally, a memorial service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 147 W. Main Street, New Britain, Conn. A reception willfollow at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don Davis should be sent to the Virginia C. Davis Friendship Service Center, P.O. Box 1896, New Britain, Conn. 06050.