Vernon Weldon Davis

November 20, 1936September 5, 2018
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Vernon W Davis “Influential Teacher and Counselor of the Deaf”

Hopkinton, MA- Vernon Weldon Davis, beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, departed to heaven on September 5, 2018 at the age of 81.

Vernon was a long-term teacher of the deaf. It was while working at the Baxter School for the Deaf he met his wife of 54 years, Charis Storms Davis. Vernon and Charis predominantly lived in Henrietta, NY where Vernon worked at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Vernon was one of the original faculty members of the school and is remembered as a champion for his students.

Vernon was devoted to his family and loved to ride his trains and trolleys. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor. He was a contributor to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport ME for many years. In the last two years, he resided in Hopkinton MA with his wife.

Vernon was predeceased by his parents, George and Elma Davis; brother, Tom Davis and daughter-in-law, Jean Bertola Davis. Surviving are his wife, Charis Storms Davis; his beloved children, daughter, Sara Ellen Davis of Ashland MA; son, Scott Weldon Davis of Greenville TX. He is also survived by his brothers, sisters, as well as nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to a time of visitation from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME 04096, where a memorial service will be held at 10 am on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers. please make a donation to NTID Sigma Nu scholarship fund in Rochester, NY or The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME.

Please visit to sign Vernon’s online guest book.


  • George Davis, Father
  • Elma Davis, Mother
  • Tom Davis, Brother
  • Charis Storms Davis, Wife
  • Sara Ellen Davis, Daughter
  • Scott Weldon Davis, Son
  • Jean Bertola Davis, Daughter-in-law


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 13, 2018

Vernon Weldon Davis

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Kathleen Howes

September 21, 2018


I’m sorry for your loss. He was well known at NTID and he was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your NTID/RIT friend,

Bill Morris

September 19, 2018

Dear Mrs. Davis,
Vern was my counselor for the electro-mechanical technology major from 1978 till 1982. When I became a resident advisor for SVP 1980 and planned to take new students with me to Niagara Falls. I asked RIT to loan a RV for our trip. They told me that a staff member had to accompany us due to their policy. I decided to ask Vern to come along on our trip, and he was willing to do it for me. He brought his nephew/niece with him to join my new students. Thus the situation was resolved. I am thankful for his great kindness. May he rest in peace.
Bill Morris

Michael Kleper

September 19, 2018

Vern was my first boss at NTID/RIT when I started in July of 1969. He was the best boss...easy going, positive, always with a good sense of humor, and a ready laugh. I admired the way he worked with students, so caring, so interested, so invested in each one. He was truly a good man. I only have good memories of him, and kind things to say. Charis, our deepest sympathies.

Jane Mullins

September 19, 2018

I worked with Vern for more than 20 years; we were counselors in the NTID engineering departments. Vern was one of the most student-oriented professionals I have known. His wonderful sense of humor, warmth and compassion for the deaf endeared Vern to both students and colleagues alike. I will always be blessed to have known Vern. May he rest in peace, and may his family receive comfort in how much Vern helped people. Jane Mullins

Willie Kane Jr

September 12, 2018

May God Bless Your Soul Vernon...

Robert Miller

September 12, 2018

Vern Davis was a man of wisdom. I was confused during my first year of college in trying to figure out my major. He will tell me this that if you do not know where you are going, any roads will take you there. I thank him for his advice. God bless him. Heaven gained a wonderful human being.

Reynaldo Llarena

September 12, 2018

Vern was the best counselor in the whole world during my college year at NTID from 1978 to 1984. He was acted like a father to me. He truly cares all about their students. I dearly missed him a lot. He was a great man and mentor to me. He helped me a lot to be a better person. Without him, I won't be a better person today. He is now in a better place to rest in peace.

Thomas Coughlan

September 12, 2018

When I heard of Vern's passing - my heart hit the floor.

I loved that man. I remember coming into his office for the first time in the summer of 1974 during my Summer Vestibule Program to discuss the results of the battery of tests all students were required to take. My first impression was that he had something up his sleeve because of that perpetually coy grin etched on his face and twinkle in his eye. I wasn't sure I liked him at first. Our conversation that day over my test results went something like this:

Me: "So Mr. VD, (my not so flattering name for Vern) how did I do?"
Vern: (After staring at me with his trademark grin for the longest time) "You did pretty awesome, you were off the charts..."
Me: "So, uhhh what does that mean?"
Vern: "You scored so high, we couldn't even measure you against others."
Me: "Cool! Maybe I can get into RIT's Biomedical Photography Program?"
Vern: "You should think about being a teacher."
Me: "NO WAY! Will never happen. I want to get into RIT's Biomedical Photography Program."
Vern: "You would be a great Teacher of the Deaf."
Me: "Thanks, but teaching is NOT in me. That much I know for sure."
Vern: "But Tom, your results and personality tell me your passion would be in teaching others."

We went back and forth. Finally Vern relented and helped me get into the coveted Biomedical Photography program - where I was the first trailblazing deaf person to enter that program. It was also Vern, who consoled me when my father passed away while I was in school. He was my light for my darkest moments.

My life's journey ultimately took me to Yale-New Haven Medical Center, ITT, NTID, Xerox, etc. Now, at the apex of my work career.....what am I doing now?

Yes - I'm a teacher.....

Thank you Vern for being the everlasting voice in my head. You were right (OK! There! I said it). When we meet again, please spare me that coy grin followed by your trademark hearty laugh! I'll take a hug instead.

Dawn Dussault

September 12, 2018

Sara and Family~

I am so sorry to hear of your loved ones passing. Thinking of you in this tough time.

Dawn (Liberty Mutual)

Amy (Kielon) Stornello

September 11, 2018

Mrs. Davis,
I'm so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. When I first worked at NTID in 2000, I recall him working as an advocate/liaison in Student Conduct with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. He was always kind, polite, mild-mannered and patient with the students, especially when they were going through some rough times! I really got a kick out of working with him, always reminding him that you were my kindergarten teacher for such a short time in School #1! I'm truly grateful that he has made a difference working at RIT/NTID and I will miss his presence.
Sending you warm hugs!
Amy (Kielon) Stornello