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“Sumner gave me many camera instructions in his old dark room on Lawrence St. back in the 30's. Those were the good old days and he was a good friend...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Helen (Fortier) Redford

“Dear Katie, and Steve, Pam, Paula, and Sumner, I was so saddened to read of Sumner's passing. Sumner, and all of you, are a wonderful part of my...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Karl Geller

“I just read on line about Sumner's passing. He was a wonderful man I remember from my high school years when he took his nephew Lorne and I to the...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Claire Murphy

“Katie Oue thoughts and prayers are with you at this time in the passing of Uncle Sumner. God Bless you all. Mark and Teresa Nash and Family ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Mark Nash

“I'll always treasure my memories of camp, and how you were generous with all of us grandkids, taking us to to wonderful restaurants, including the...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Amy L. MacDonald

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your beloved family in this time of loss. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy & Sal Nocifora

“Sumner was a dear email buddy and sent me much interesting and useful information about the Seabees during WWII. He was very thoughtful, my prayers...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: diane

“Condolences from a life long friend of Sumner and Kay. from Everett in California. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Everett

“Pam, So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know that you and your entire family are in our thoughts. Kristi, Jack, Julia &...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: The Lally Family

“So sorry to hear about Sumner, we have a lot of Memories of the past 60+ years snd even longer for Ralph.Our thoughts and Prayers go out to all the...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: rRalph & Edris King

“Kay,Steve,Pam,Paula and Sumner, Please accept my sympathy and know that I will be thinking about you all. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Jean Dunklee West

“Paula, I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Please extend my sympathies to your entire family. Karen ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Scibinico

“Sincere sympathy to my friend Kay and to all the Davis family on your loss. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Connie Scibinico

“Our world is much smaller without him in it. Both his stature and his presence were huge. My love and hugs to you all. I would be there if there...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Janice


Mr. Sumner C. Davis of Melrose, died on Thursday evening October 9, 2008 at the Winchester Hospital. He was 86 years old.

Sumner was born June 13, 1922 in Lynn, a son of the late George N. Davis and Gladys (Johnson) Davis.

Mr. Davis was raised in the Linden section of Malden. He was a member of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and a captain of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69. In 1942, he joined the US Navy as a photographer and was awarded the title of Petty Officer 3rd class. While stationed in California, he met and married his wife, Kay. After moving back to Malden, Sumner opened the Davis Camera Store and operated a film developing plant that serviced the Carrol Cut Rate Drug stores in the surrounding area. He also had a golf ball distributorship, a Correct Craft boat dealership and was a bus driver for the Shiner's Hospital for 5 years.

Sumner was very active with the American Legion. He was commander of the Malden American Legion, Post 69 in 1956, commander of the Middlesex county of the American Legion, state chairman of the sons of the American Legion and was honored twice as the grand marshal of Malden Veterans Day parade. He was an 18 year member of the Malden Lions Club, 28 year member of Malden Auxiliary Police, President of the Melrose Veterans Club, President of the Wakefield Retired Men's Club, member of Mount Vernon Lodge AF&AM and a member of Amvets. Mr. Davis was awarded several certificates of appreciation for his service of the Malden Lions Club, Malden Police, the Mount Vernon Lodge of Masons and the Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Sumner Davis was the beloved husband of Katie O. "Kay" (Stewart) Davis with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Devoted father of Stephen E. Davis and his wife Kathy of N. Weymouth, Pamela E. Overton of Stoneham, Paula J. Edwards and her husband Tim of Melrose and Sumner C. Davis, Jr. and his wife Diane of Stoneham. Cherished grandfather of Russell Davis, Amy MacDonald, Janette Davis, Ben Overton, John Edwards, Corey Edwards, Elissa Davis and Brittany Davis. Loving great-grandfather of Madison MacDonald and Samantha Edwards.