Cris A. Davis, 49, of Milford, and Randy W. Davis, 47, of Orono, best friends and brothers, died together in a house fire Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Randy's home. Each was born in Millinocket - Cris, Nov. 12, 1963, and Randy, May 2, 1965, sons of Harold R. and Verna C. (McNally) Davis.
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Cris held various positions in the food services industry, had worked for Northern Products Log Homes, and most recently was employed in Veazie building cabinetry. He enjoyed outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing and playing horseshoes with his nephew and buddy, Alan, at Alan's home. Cris was a lifelong devoted fan of the Miami Dolphins and the Boston Red Sox. He was a beloved father to his children and prioritized taking care of and spending time with his son, Billy; and his brother and best friend, Randy. His always-thoughtful poet-like written messages in birthday cards were faithfully sent to his family members annually will be forever appreciated and missed. He held great pride in working to maintain his house and was proud of being a homeowner.
Randy was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He worked in various food chain industries, Northern Product Log Homes for a period of time and then NorthEastern Log Homes for a short time until he was injured and became disabled. Although Randy incurred some unfortunate and challenging obstacles in his life, he faced them with enormous amounts of determination, courage, strength and often humor to overcome them. It is fair to say that his local community members and neighbors could attest to the saying "A dog is man's best friend" being an understatement evident by the amount of time and care Randy gave to his dog, Brittney. He received so much enjoyment and satisfaction from the school children he would assist in safely crossing the road in his recent crossing guard position; he often mentioned how much he "got a kick out of those little kids" when they said "Thank you, Mr. Davis." Randy was always proud to speak about how well his son Travis played his guitar.
It was obvious to all family, friends and community members that these brothers were each other's rock and best friends. Their incredible sense of humor, along with their genuine love of being the spirit of any gathering they attended will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to sing, laugh and strum along with the beat of their enjoyment for their music artists. They looked forward each year to spending time up to "the Hunting Camp" with their dad, where many stories told would give hours of entertainment. These two guys got great enjoyment out of teasing their brother Johnny about his being a Yankees fan. They enjoyed traveling home to Millinocket together, where they always knew there would be their mothers delicious home cooked meals waiting for them and open, loving arms from their parents. Inseparable as they were during their entire lifetime, they will remain always and forever inseparable in their passing.
Cris is survived by a son, Billy Davis of Milford; and daughter, Tania Riegelman and boyfriend, Mike, of Bar Harbor. Randy is survived by a son, Travis Davis of Old Town; daughter, Nicole DeGrass of Florida; and two grandchildren. In addition to their parents of Millinocket, Cris and Randy are survived by three siblings, Deborah Chesson and husband, Wayne, Johnny Davis and wife, Rose, all of Millinocket, and Francine Manzo and husband, Tony, of Biddeford; nieces and nephews, Alan Chesson and wife, Deanna, Tina McLeod and husband, William, Tony Manzo and fiancee, Mary, Brad Chesson and wife, Rachael, Karen Davis and boyfriend, Dave Cole, and Shawna Illingworth; several aunts, uncles, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Cris and Randy will also be missed by special friends, Gordy Olin, Jay Peavey, Jamie Stewart, Jamie Tapley, Tom Riegelman, Stephanie and Jerry DeMartino, Jamie Herring, and Philip Hartley; and many other friends and acquaintances, who will never forget their time spent with the boys. They were predeceased by a brother, William "Billy" Davis. Additionally, Randy's beloved canine companion, Britney, also perished in the fire.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket. Committal services will be held in the springtime at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Cris and Randy may be sent to Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Lamson Funeral Home - Millinocket
11 Tamarack St. Millinocket, ME 04462
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 27, 2012