Kenneth Richard Davis
8 May, 1934 – 19 January, 2021
Kenneth Richard Davis, 86, of Timonium, Maryland passed away on January 19th, 2021. He was born May 8th, 1934 in Newark, NJ, the son of late Arthur and Harriett Davis. He attended Union City High School in NJ and with a deep love for his country, Ken served in the Army for 4 years. Being a native of New Jersey, Ken returned to attend Uppsala University of East Orange, NJ and graduated with a bachelors in business.
Ken’s strong business acumen and innate interpersonal skills, led him to Baltimore, Maryland where he owned and managed MRI executive recruiting firm for 25 years. Ken was a 30 year member, and served on the board as president, of the Rotary Club of Baltimore. A group involved in philanthropic activities focused on youth services and community organizations in Baltimore City. His longstanding commitment to these organizations was where he made friendships that lasted a lifetime.
Along with his interest in business and his community, Ken enjoyed golfing, hunting, traveling, and pretty much anything that involved being around people. He truly was a lover of “life” and his passion was contagious to anyone around him. He was driven, hardworking, motivating but most of all extremely caring and kind.
Above all, Ken’s family was his top priority. Whether he was traveling with his wife, golfing or hunting with his children or just making his weekly “check in” calls, he made sure to let everyone know he was there for any advice or support needed. He was a beloved husband to Beverly Barone-Davis, the late Elizabeth Davis and the late Dolores Reid-Jacob.
Ken is survived by his 5 children; Lj Davis, Kathy Sophr, Nancy Much (Scott Much), Linda Burton (Jeff Burton) and Glenn Davis (Anne Davis). He was preceded by his 2 children, Robert Davis (Laura Davis) and Carroll Fleming (Gary Fleming).
He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; Jennifer May Selvig, Bryan Selvig, Chelsea Reid Spohr, Jeffery Douglas Spohr, Celeste Alvarado, Ryan Kenneth Davis, Madison Eleanor Davis, Jason Thomas Burton, Grant William Burton, Benjamin Davis, Elizabeth Davis and James Davis; and 4 great-grandchildren, Dayln May Albert, Reid Anthony Carrasquillo, Augustus Davis and Norah Alvarado.
A live streamed celebration of Mr. Davis' life will held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 starting at 11AM.
Please no gifts but a message about Ken on his memorial website would be greatly appreciated. Donations can also be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s foundation https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=google_giving&set.custom.wt=giving&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4ridgumw7gIVC2AYCh1OqwKvEAAYASABEgItK_D_BwE
Or to the American Cancer Society https://donate3.cancer.org/?campaign=fruseo&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=%5BB%5D+American+Cancer+Society+-+Exact&utm_term=american%20cancer%20society%20donation&utm_content=_dc%7cpcrid%7c472835277116%7cpmt%7ce%7cpkw%7camerican%20cancer%20society%20donation%7cslid%7c%7cpgrid%7c117026194931%7cptaid%7ckwd-820214106%7c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9NyPrumw7gIVDa_ICh2m-w-KEAAYASAAEgKehPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Live Stream Service
Saturday, 15 May , 2021
Kenneth Richard Davis
17 May 2021
Ken hired me in August, 1979 and I never could have dreamed that what was about to unfold over the next few years would happen to me. Ken and I developed a two fold relationship. He was a boss who I trusted and who I was 100% loyal to for well over 30 years. He was also one of my closest friends in this life. He and his wife Betty were very close to both me and my wife Kathleen.
Its highly unusual in today's world that one finds himself in a situation where an employee is both working for his employer but also develops a strong bond of friendship withat employer. Such is the case with me and Ken. Over the years Ken Davis and I developed a very strong friendship, and one that could never occur again. Don't get me wrong, if I was in the wrong, Ken was the first one to chew me out, and in about 99% of the time, it was well deserved, but with Ken, this was to teach me valuable lessons and I knew he did it because he cared so deeply for me. Ken was much more than a friend. He was perhaps the best mentor I could have ever had. Every day when I got up in the morning, I actually looked forward to coming to work and for a good portion of those days, the end of the days work seldom ended at 5 PM.
Ken and I enjoyed a lot of things together. I wasnn't one who enjoyed chasing the little white ball like Ken did, but he and I did enjoy getting out together for a day in the field hunting for Deer and Waterfowl. The guides on the Eastern Shore truly enjoyed his company and sharing a pitcher of beer, which he normally bought, at the end of a good day of Goose Hunting. The guys in our hunting club always enjoyed Ken's company at our club properties in both Harford and Baltimore counties, We laughed at Ken when one time when we were all out hunting and went to lunch for a bowl of chili and a beer or two followed up by a shot of brandy. Ken came back out to the property for the afternoon hunt, sat down in his deer stand, and fell asleep with 12 deer in front of his stand.
14 May 2021
Ken Davis hired me in 1990 as a new recruiter. I had no experience but I guess he saw something in me and took a chance.
It has been over 30 years since Ken took that chance and gave me the opportunity to have a new career that has been very good to me and to my family.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
13 May 2021
There aren't enough words or enough space to share my memories of Ken. What an amazing man who impacted so many lives with grace, dignity, humor, tough love. My deepest condolences to all of his children and grandchildren, especially Glenn, Linda, Anne, Jeff, Ryan, Madison, Jason & Grant.
1 May 2021
What can I say, Ken Davis was one of a kind. Always, always looking at the bright side of life. You better believe he was a go-getter & he got it in spades!
What a cut-up! Could always count on a quick quip or jab, all in fun of course. He really was a very fun-loving guy.
He was my football buddy, my beer drinking buddy, and it was one of my great pleasures to be close to this wonderful man.
Mr. Davis I love you, hell I don't know anyone who didn't, I miss you very much & truly, the pleasure was all mine.
Godspeed to you kind sir!
3 February 2021
I am saddened by the news of Ken's passing. He was quite a guy. He loved to mentor and he loved Management Recruiters. When some offices started to change their names and I was one...well, he would never let me get through a meeting or convention without giving me a little jab. But, always with a smile and a wink. I used to love talking with him. Memories for ever!
1 February 2021
Ken Davis was both a great guy and entrepreneur. And he was always available to help with Rotary good deeds.
Virginia and I send our sympathy to his widow and children.
1 February 2021
Ken was a good friend and dedicated Rotarian. He will be missed but will live on in many, happy memories. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to know and learn from him, and will keep him and his family in my prayers.
28 January 2021
Allen and I have so many fond memories of Ken. He was so admired and loved by his MRI family, and so important to many offices struggling to grow young businesses into successful ones. Always available when you needed help or advice and always smiling and encouraging.
Ken left an incredible mark on all the people he touched and we'll remember him with a smile.
Kaye and Allen Salikof
27 January 2021
Ken was a great mentor to me. When I was a "newbie MRI owner(1987)", I visited his office in my first year. I was overwhelmed at the successful operation he built. It motivated me to follow his footsteps. 13 years later(2000) I became #3 office worldwide in MRI(then called "Management Recruiters). I can thank Ken for that motivation which propelled me to success. Years later I visited Linda at the helm(Ken had retired) and she carried on his brilliant legacy. Only the fondest memories....