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Holbrook R. Davis

May 10, 1921February 1, 2021

OSTERVILLE - February 1, 2021

Holbrook R. Davis died peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2021. He and his family had lived and maintained a home in Osterville since 1930.

He attended school in Pittsburgh, PA where he was born in 1921. After his family moved to Osterville, he graduated from the Osterville Primary School. Thereafter, he attended private schools in Switzerland and Milton MA. He graduated from Harvard College after the War, with the Class of '46.

During the War, he volunteered with the American Field Service and was an ambulance driver with the British 8th Army in Africa. He was present when the Germans and Italians were defeated in Tunisia in May of 1943. When he returned to the United States, he joined the Navy and served on the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Franklin in the far Pacific where he was awarded the Silver Star Medal in 1945.

From 1947 until 1976 he was employed by a large international aluminum company in several capacities in Canada, the United States and in Switzerland.

While living in Canada, he was elected Chairman of the Executive Board of the YMCA of Canada, and as such, visited local Y's from Coast to Coast. Although he traveled extensively during his business career he always maintained his primary residence in Osterville. He was the proprietor of Osterville House & Garden from 1974 to 2001.

He was pre-deceased by his wife of 70 years, Sarah Maynard Davis and is survived by his sons Maynard K. Davis and Caleb N. Davis and his daughter Sarah H. Davis, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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John Neal

February 10, 2021

We wish to extend our sympathy to Maynard, Caleb, Sarah and their families as they grieve the loss of their father, grandfather and great grandfather. May Holbrook R. Davis rest in peace.
In Sympathy,
Janet and John Neal

Elizabeth Lazor

February 9, 2021

Sending the Davis Family love during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughtfully Yours, Ken and Beth Lazor

Kathleen Schatzberg

February 9, 2021

My condolences to the sons, daughters, many grandchildren and innumerable friends on the loss of their beloved Holbrook.

I was privileged to get to know Holbrook through his longtime support for Cape Cod Community College. Long before my time at the College, he was instrumental in the formation of the College's Foundation, and he remained involved over many decades as an advisor and supporter even when he was no longer on the Board.

On a personal note, he continued to stay in touch with me after I retired, mostly through lovely notes he wrote periodically to comment and flatter me on one of my columns in the Barnstable Patriot. I will be forever grateful for his kindness, his wisdom, and his dry, witty sense of humor.

May he rest in well-deserved peace, as we who follow him carry forward his gifts to the world.

Kathleen Schatzberg,
Former President,
Cape Cod Community College

Robert Gonnella

February 8, 2021

"Brookie" was a long time client, fellow Rotarian, and dear friend, and he will be greatly missed. My wife and I will always cherish the time that we spent at Osterville Rotary Club events, attending performances with Brookie and Sally at the Cape Playhouse for more than twenty years, and casual lunches at Wimpy's Restaurant in Osterville. He was a very kind and generous man, as were his brothers Joel and Nathanael. The sadness of his passing is tempered by his caring and generosity.

Bob & Barbara Gonnella

Michael Capozzi

February 7, 2021

Please accept my heartfelt condolence of your father’s death.

Peter Bentivegna

February 7, 2021

We loved
Brookie and Sally Davis!
they welcomed us into the Seapuit neighborhood and let our children play on Cedar island all these years. It is still our favorite place in Osterville Walking there from the house we remember the cocktail parties and the Halloween visits. Checking in on them was always a pleasure. We all were good neighbors. We will miss them both.. Love from Peter , Laurie, Matty , Devon and Morgan Bentivegna

Bill Cook

February 5, 2021

For many years, my office was in Holbrook's building on Main Street, and he quickly became both a mentor and a good friend. He was an early supporter, advisor and all around enthusiast in the early days of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, and he will long be remembered and cherished for his leadership there.

Ellie Donovan

February 3, 2021

All Holbrook's friends at Plimoth Patuxet Museum (formerly Plimoth Plantation) extend our sincere sympathy to his family.
Our comfort in the loss of such a wonderful man is that his abiding faith in God, and his long and good life, well-lived, were so meaningful to him; he was grateful for it all.
He made such a positive impact to countless people. We will miss him always.
-Ellie Donovan, Executive Director, Plimoth Patuxet

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

-Robert Louis Stevenson

floyd Silvia

February 3, 2021

Holbrook was a close friend and neighbor.
He was a gentleman's gentleman, an honorable man with a big heart.
Regina and I will miss him.
Rest in peace my friend.

Judith Staples

February 3, 2021

A well-respected businessman and benefactor of the village of Osterville, Holbrook Davis will be missed by the generations that knew him. Members of the Leonard family send sincere condolences to his children and family.