Robert Davis

robert davis

January 23, 2018

Davis, Robert Harding, age 76, life-long resident of Leonia, on Tuesday January 23, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Louise and Dudley Davis. Beloved husband of Kathleen Davis (nee: Bohnert). Devoted father of Robert and his wife Lisa, Matthew and his wife Emily, & Maureen Davis. Cherished grandfather of Maxwell, Irene, and Wesley. Dear brother of Dudley, Richard and James Davis. Graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School, St. Peter's College and Columbia University where he earned his Master's Degree. A champion for children, he was an advocate for educational equity. He served as Business Administrator in many school districts including Montclair, Paterson and Midland Park. He was a former NJ Assistant Commissioner of Education. He served at times as Bergen County's Interim Superintendent of Schools and is the current Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools and Executive County Business Official of Passaic County. He is the Passaic County Technical Institute Board of Education Commissioner and Passaic County Community College Board Trustee. A dedicated Leonian, he coached baseball for thirty years, basketball for St. John's, and was a leader for both cub scouts and girl scouts. A man of faith, he was a lifelong parishioner of St. John's R.C. Church (Leonia) serving on the Parish Council, Holy Name Society and The Knights of Columbus. He proudly served as a Grand Knight for Carmel Council #8982 and a Past Faithful Navigator of St. Pope John the XXIII Assembly #0668. He was an avid reader and sports enthusiast. His happiest days were spent with his family at Barnegat Light swimming and boating. The family will receive their friends on Thursday 6 – 8 pm and Friday 4 – 8 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". The funeral will leave Saturday at 9:30 am for the celebration of his funeral mass in St. John R. C. Church at 10:00 AM. For condolences, directions, or information (201) 944-0100


Mass: January 27, 2018 10:00 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

Visitation at Funeral Home: January 25, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: January 26, 2018 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Cemetery
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. To Kathy and all of the Davis family I send my most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father and brother. He was a true gentleman and I recall many conversations with him, some only passing gestures of greeting, over the years. He will be sorely missed by one and all.

  2. As he was known to many, MR. DAVIS was the absolute best at what he did for schools and school districts. I met him for the first time when he was the Business Administrator at Montclair Board of Education. I was the Essex County Superintendent of Schools and enjoyed interacting with this master of the craft. Many years later, I called him and asked him to work with me as an interim in Hoboken. Bob said, "yes", and rescued me from what was clearly about to become a fiscal disaster. THANK YOU, MR. DAVIS, and to the family I offer my dearest condolences. We have all lost a great person. Rest in Peace, Bob!

  3. Dudley, I didn’t know your brother as he was one of those upper classman when we were youngsters. still, I send my condolences for your loss. I lost my older sister when she was only 53, class of 61’ at LHS. We were at each other’s throats as kids but became very tight as adults. I know what a loss this is for you and only hope the warm memories of a lifetime will bring smiles to your face in this time of pain. Never did either of us think about becoming a patriarch of the family but low and behold, we’re at that age. Go forward with warm memerories and a positive attitude as the Lord still has plans for you. Be strong in Spirit and based on your earlier writings, confident that your brother is in a better place, free of his earthly mantle and in your heart to give continued guidance. I’m sure the nuns who cracked your knuckles at St John’s would be most proud of who you are today. Be well in health and Spirit, Bill

  4. Dear Kathy and family –

    So sorry to read this. Bob was truly a legend in Leonia.

    Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.

    Your OLD classmate
    Nora O'Neill

  5. As stated numerous times, Bob was a man of integrity and honesty. He was a person you could go to and always get the right answer. I will miss the laughs we shared over coffee and how he always had stories about how proud he was of his children and grandchildren.

    I can state for the record some people graduate college with honors but few like Bob graduate life with honors.

    Rest in Peace my friend,

    Jim Smith

  6. I can’t figure out how to add this above but some colleagues of Dad’s asked Uncle Jimmy if there is a charity he would have supported where they could make a donation in his name. As you likely know, Dad was a Passaic County Technical Institute Board of Education Commissioner and Passaic County Community College Board Trustee. He loved being in education and he began his career as a teacher. Although he was an SBA for many years and was Assistant Commissioner as well as Passaic County CSA/SBO, Dad always endeavored to be an educator first, in all his capacities, and he always did his best to provide all students regardless of income strata the best education possible. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to me that Mom, a lifelong educator too, chose to request donations for a cause dear to Dad’s heart! He was particularly fond of the talented PCTI students.

    I know that Dad would greatly appreciate donations being made to promote the education of students in his name!

    Scholarship Donations can be made payable to:

    PCTI Education Foundation

    And mailed to:

    PCTI Education Foundation
    C/O Passaic County Technical Institute
    45 Reinhardt Road
    Wayne, NJ 07470

    In the “For/ Memo” section of the check please have them write: Robert Davis Scholarship

  7. For all three years that I worked as a School Business Administrator in Passaic County, Mr. Davis was a reliable, steady hand as our Executive County Business Administrator. He seemed to appreciate the role of teacher and mentor, just knowing that's what someone needed. I owe a great deal to Bob for my growth and success.

  8. Kathy

    I was so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. As you may or may not recall, I was Bob's secretary at the Montclair Board of Education. Bob was a very brilliant person who was always highly respected. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your children. I know he will be truly missed.

    Annette Chiaramonte

  9. So sorry to read of Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with him and with all of you in this time of loss.

  10. You have my sincere condolences to Bob's family and all the lives he so positively touched. I know Bob from the Montclair Public Schools and you should know what a large impact he had on the successes experienced in our district. Bob's was a life well lived.
    Justina Schumacher

  11. I worked for Bob at the Montclair Board of Education when he was the Business Administrator. Many of the opportunities I've had to establish a career in IT at the BOE were because of the influence, encouragement, and support of Mr. Davis. I am sorry to hear of his passing but I know his legacy will live on for many generations to come. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to his family.

  12. Our organization, iLearn Schools, was deeply saddened to learn of this great loss. Mr. Davis has been a true champion for children and a tireless advocate for educational equality throughout life. As Bergen County's Interim Superintendent of Schools and the County Business Official of Passaic, Mr. Davis helped so many schools across our region to keep improving by never giving up. His unwavering faith in every student and in every school convinced all people, regardless of where each stood, that they would succeed. While we are all mourning, we also reflect with gratefulness upon the many positive changes that this passionate leader by example brought to our schools and to our future.


  13. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort through the loving memories of your dear loved one,Robert. May you also look to our loving Heavenly Father, the God of all comfort, to provide what you need at this very sad time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4, Psalms 83:18). He promises us that very soon, "He will wipe every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3,4, Isaiah 33:24. He also promises us that there will be a resurrection of the righteous ones so they will have the opportunity to live forever in perfect health in Paradise right here on earth. (John 5:28,29, Psalms 37:10,11). What wonderful promises! Can you imagine a time on earth when there will be no more sickness, pain or death? May all of God's promises give you a measure of comfort, peace, hope and strength. I have personally found very comforting thoughts on

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