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Samuel McGregor Davidson

June 1, 1928 November 12, 2019
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Samuel McGregor (Hector) Davidson

Samuel McGregor (Hector) Davidson was born on June 1st, 1928 to Samuel Davidson and Adina Fraser in Golden Fleece Village, West Coast, Berbice. He was a happy, mischievous, quiet child who looked up to his older sister, Hyacinth. He suffered great loss at an early age when both his mother, and then his sister, whom he described as being “too beautiful to live,” passed away. As such, he was raised b his loving father and his aunts, Getrude (Nana) and Ruth (Tanty).

At age seven, he became very ill when he contracted malaria. He miraculously survived as he was nursed back to health by his grandmother, Rebecca, grandfather, Douglas, and his aunts. He was so ill that he had to learn how to walk again. Perhaps, this was the genesis of his resilience. Over the years, there was no obstacle or adversity too great that he did not overcome with grace.

At age 17, he learnt the trade of carpentry and worked as a carpenter’s apprentice in Canje, Rose Hall. At 21 years old, he got word from his aunt that there was employment opportunity for carpenters at Demerara Bauxite Company (DEMBA) in Mackenzie. At the time, he had never gone further than Mahaicony. Recognizing an opportunity to improve his life, he paid the eighty-four cents to travel to Mackenzie and successfully gained employment. As a young man, he was proud of the bicycle he was able to purchase with his wages and rode to work and around the town. He worked at DEMBA/GUYMINE for 41 years.

He was young, handsome and debonair when he met the love of his life, the beautiful, vivacious Elaine Wilson. They were married on June 20th, 1953 when they were 25 and 18 respectively. They began their lives together in Spikeland before moving to Wismar Housing Scheme where they raised six children. As the patriarch, his quiet and loving spirit created a home that was a place of refuge filled with love and laughter.

Always giving Honor to God, he was a faithful member of St. Aidan’s Anglican Church. By then, a master carpenter, the countless hours he volunteered to help build the new church were rewarded with his name being engraved in the church’s corner stone.

He immigrated to the United States on April 15th, 1990 and gained employment at Beth Israel Hospital in the Plant Engineering department, where he worked from October 1990 through February 1994. He resigned his position when he could no longer work, due to the loss of his sight.

It was in the face of adversity that his strength of character and deep abiding faith brought him through. He stoically continued on his life’s journey with dignity and grace, never doubting God’s purpose for his life. Through it all, his faith did not waver. He continued praising God, becoming a founding-member of Irvington Assembly of God where his presence and advice were revered and respected. He established his independence, continued his chores and helped with repairs at home and at his children’s homes, utilizing his heightened senses of touch and sound. He looked forward to his attendance at the New Community and Joy Cometh In The Morning Adult Day Care Centers, where he honed his creativity, imparted knowledge, made lifelong friends and was beloved and respected.

On November 12th, 2019, Samuel departed this earthly life. He was predeceased by his daughter, Marlyn. He left to cherish his memory, his wife, Elaine; children, Desiree, Sherma, Oslyn, Lancelot, and Shawndelle; grandchildren, Marlon (Daphne), Yohance (Sarita), Nimrod (Alicia), D’Andre, Yeneisha, Yasmin, Addison, Shaelynn, Danica, Karine; great-grandchildren, Marmarlique, Stephne, Madison, Jayden, Aavya, Melanie, Amari, Adrian, Alyssa, Corbin, Declan, Aiken, Kayla, Matthew; great-great grandchild Marmalique; brother, Archibald Davidson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daphne, Lucy, Joshua, Winston, Allison, Godfrey; sons-in-law, Wendell, Wilfred (Rick); daughter-in-law, Tessa; host of other nieces and nephews; family – the Frasers, Barkers, Nobles, Innis, Melvilles, and cherished friends.


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Visitation

Friday

22

Nov

5:00 PM 11/22/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/22/2019 7:00:00 PM
Irvington Assembly of God

678 Lyons Ave.
Irvington, NJ 07111

Irvington Assembly of God
678 Lyons Ave. Irvington 07111 NJ
United States

Service

Friday

22

Nov

7:00 PM 11/22/2019 7:00:00 PM
Irvington Assembly of God

678 Lyons Ave.
Irvington, NJ 07111

Irvington Assembly of God
678 Lyons Ave. Irvington 07111 NJ
United States

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Location

Rosedale Cemetery Montclair Final Resting Place

408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

408 Orange Road Montclair 07042 NJ
United States
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