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June 29, 1928 – Jan. 7, 2013

Frederick L. Davis, an executive at several Buffalo industrial supply firms and an avid sailor, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 84.

Mr. Davis, who formerly lived in Orchard Park and more recently in Point Abino, Ont., and Bokeelia, Fla., was born in Lockport and attended schools there before graduating from Cheshire Academy and Hobart College.

He served in a U.S. Army tank battalion.

Mr. Davis was marketing manager for Beals, McCarthy and Rogers, general manager of the Xcelite Division of Cooper Industries, and formed S&B Industrial Sales and a successor company, Davis-Callahan and Co., manufacturer’s agencies specializing in the sale of industrial supplies.

A lifelong sailor, Mr. Davis, who went by the nickname Spider, enjoyed racing and cruising a variety of sailboats in the Great Lakes and Caribbean. He belonged to the Buffalo Canoe Club and the Buffalo Yacht Club, and was port captain of Buffalo for the Great Lakes Cruising Club. He also was a director of the Buffalo Yacht Club and rear commodore of the Buffalo Canoe Club.

He also served on the Orchard Park Planning Board and was a member of long standing at Murray Hill Ski Club and the Buffalo Ski Club.

Mr. Davis edited and published Cruising Guides to Lake Erie and Ontario for many years and was very active and respected in sailing circles on the Niagara Frontier.

He traveled extensively, visiting all seven continents.

He is survived by a son, Peter C.; and a daughter, Lissa D. Tepas.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.