January 8, 1935 – February 13, 2017
Art Davis, Q.C. (Dad) passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Monday, February 13, 2017.
An accomplished lawyer, Dad loved his work. Having received his Bachelor of Commerce and law degrees from the University of British Columbia (UBC), he was called to the bar in 1960 and practiced with a law office which became the firm Milne Davis. Dad was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and practiced law for over 50 years. Dad’s time at UBC, however, resulted in much more than two degrees. He is also credited for participating as a founding member of the Deke’s (Delta Kappa Epsilon) first men’s entry into the legendary “Greek SongFest”. It has been told that Dad led the way, fearless of the high pitches coming around the corner. With the anticipation of a rich melodic tone, it was quite unexpected when a squawk “that sounded more like a crow sitting on a hot wire” was released instead. Fortunately, despite its painful neophyte beginning, the Dekes report that they have successfully established a tradition of participating in “Greek Songfest” and have won on many occasions. And for Dad, he gained dear friends, including the original fellow “singers”, who he cherished for his entire lifetime and a story that would be remembered and re-enacted with bouts of laughter and delight (at least by his friends). Friends were always a major part of Dad’s life and Dad gained many valued friendships throughout the years. However, like his scotch, dad was pretty particular. A good generous heart was paramount. So was a strong command of the English language, a thick skin and ability to verbally spar, a love of laughter and complete disregard of political correctness. And, as Dad would say, enjoying a good scotch with friends “couldn’t hurt”! Dad’s heart was with his family. Born in Victoria, Dad was the much beloved older brother to Terry and son to Kathleen and Arthur Davis (Sr.). Dad loved dearly and shared many wonderful memories with his wife Mary Davis who passed away just a few months ago. Together they blended their families, resulting in five daughters: Cynthia, Maureen (Doug), Margot, Tracy (Evel) and Darcia (Joe). Dad was very happy to welcome in his son-in-laws! He also loved being grandpa to Alix, Taiya, Daniel, Harrison, Angel Emma, Katherine and Elizabeth. Dad won’t be remembered for his cooking, being “outdoorsie”, changing lightbulbs or performing other “handyman”duties, although there are stories of many interesting attempts. Rather Dad will be remembered for his exceptional intellect, witty sense of humour, boisterous laugh, and generous heart (and very wet kisses!). An unforgettable character, Dad brought much joy to his family and friends. Much love Dad and thank you for sharing your infectious spirit and showing how a laugh makes life bright.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ranchmen’s Club, 710 13 Ave SW, Calgary, on Saturday, February 25th at 4:00 pm. Please see Ranchmen’s Club website for parking and dress code information, http://www.ranchmensclub.com. Memories and wishes may be forwarded through www.mcinnisnandholloway.com.
In living memory of Art Davis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences