Stewart Davis

Died: January 26, 2021
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Stewart Davis – July 20,1940 – January 26, 2021
Died peacefully at home in Nokomis, Florida, after a long battle with cancer. Survived by his wife Anne Havens, his daughter Catherine (Damion DaCosta), his son Christopher, his step-daughters Lisa (Erik Klein) and Sue Havens (Ibrahim Donmez), his step-grandsons Milo and Wesley, his sister Leila Goldthwaite and brother Walter (Sandy), and many dear friends and family.
Stewart grew up in Chester, NY, the son of Albert and Lillian Davis. He graduated from the Taft School, Williams College and Harvard Law School. He moved to Rochester, NY, to practice estate law with Harris Beach law firm in 1964, where he remained until his retirement 45 years later.
Throughout his career, he remained active in community service, serving as Chairman of the Board of the Brick Church Day Care Center, Community Child Care Center of the Third Ward, Norman Howard School, Rochester School for the Deaf (over 40 years), Rochester General Hospital Foundation, and served on boards of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and Literacy Volunteers. He was a champion of local arts, and was deeply involved in reinventing and launching of the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in 2001 from what was Pyramid Art Center, and served on the RoCo board and as Chair for many years.
After his retirement, he began exploring his own creativity, and his passion for painting began to rival that of his passion for golf. An extended trip to Florida for medical treatment in 2003 was the beginning of a love affair with Florida, where he and Anne bought a home in Nokomis in 2009 and enjoyed the snow bird life. He loved sports, sailing and tennis in early years and golf and its camaraderie later. He loved history, especially American Revolutionary War history, and was a collector and supporter of art of all kinds. He was a fine lawyer of the old school, a generous and loyal friend and a gentleman. He loved musicals, his favorite being “The Music Man,” from which he loved to recite, “He’s just a bang-beatbell-ringingbig-haulgreat-goneck-or-nothingrip-roarinevery-time-a bull’s-eye salesman”… that’s STEWART. Oh, how we will miss him!
A memorial gathering will be organized at a later date when it is safe to 
get together.  To view a memorial to Stewart made by RoCo go to  
Donations may be made in his memory to Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue, Rochester 14604. 

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Died: January 26, 2021

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Karen T. Goossen posted on 3/7/21

I wish to express my sincere sympathy to all family members of Stewart Davis. I enjoyed working with him at Harris Beach for 40 years. You are in my prayers. Karen T. Goossen


Graddy W. Johnson posted on 2/23/21

Freshman year at Williams it was my pleasure to room with Stew; I knew right away he was kind, gentle, full of fun and very smart. Although we never met again after graduation, seeing the wonderful pictures of him with his wife and children proves he remained kind, well-loved, successful and useful to all to the very end. Shalom, my good man and friend. Graddy Johnson, Williams 1962.


Stephan F. Brumberg posted on 2/23/21

A wonderful person: warm and always friendly. I recall Stew most fondly from Williams College, where we were classmates. His impressive, humane life accomplishments are no surprise if you knew the young man. Sincerely condolences to his entire family. Steve Brumberg


Andy Hess posted on 2/22/21

I last saw Steve at our graduation in 1962. I remember him best from my freshman year, since we were in the same entry in Sage Hall. He was always upbeat and ready to assist anyone who might need assistance. My condolences his wife, children and other family members. Andy Hess Williams '62 Nashville, TN


Philip Yawman posted on 2/15/21

Dear Anne, Catherine & Christopher: Stewart Davis got my late wife Donna and me to move to Fairport in 1967. Stewart and Donna became good friends when Stewart was attorney for the Village and Donna was on the village board. I have all these memories to remind me of our years of friendship and interest in the Rochester community. I hope that your treasured times with Stewart will give you solace and strength in the days and months to come. I know Donna would join me in sending you our love and blessings. Phil Yawman


Janis Hyland posted on 2/14/21

Dearest Anne and family, Will and I are so sorry to hear that your dear one, Stewart has passed. He was surely surrounded by love and creativity. We are so glad that we came to know Stewart through you, Anne and because of our mutual friendship with Sue and George Leopard. We have fond memories of good conversations and of meeting you and Stewart at gallery events in Rochester. Our deepest sympathy. Janis Hyland and Will Astor


Rick Young posted on 2/13/21

Losing Stewart after our friendship of over 40 years, and our twice a week golf, has left me with a large void in my life. Although we disagreed on politics and little else, he was a person with whom I could share both good and bad in my life, all with his usual understanding and ingratiating smile. I miss him terribly. Covid prevented us from playing golf in 2020 due to Stewart’s caution about coming north from Florida. He will now have the opportunity to check out the courses in Heaven - maybe preparing for our matches to come. May God bless Stewart, Anne and his family!


Dave Calver posted on 2/5/21

We love Stewart!!! He was a rock...always supportive and encouraging. I'm blown away by his paintings and drawings. They seem effortless and all his own!..and so many of them!! All of it fun, and done with such joy and confidence! We esp loved hanging out with both Stewart and his amazing wife, Anne...they were like a comedy team...bantering with each other so genuinely and affectionately. I know how much he enjoyed their new adventures in Florida. We raise our large martini glasses to you, dear friend! With much love!!!!! Cheers!!!!!