Kenneth Davies, of Arkport

Kenneth Davies, of Arkport

ARKPORT – Kenneth P. “Ken” Davies, 74, of 9582 State Route 36, died Sunday evening (April 20, 2014) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness.

Born in Rochester on August 1, 1939, he was the son of Leonard & Alberta (Miller) Davies.

Ken grew up in the Rochester area of Irondequoit and was a graduate of Edison Tech High School (class of 1957). He attended the University of Miami in Miami, FL where he played (as a running back) for the Miami Hurricane football team. After being sidelined by an injury on the football field, Ken joined the US Marine Corp, serving his country from 1959-1963.

Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, Ken served as an insurance investigator for 19 years for Equifax of Rochester, NY. In the mid 1980’s, he built Gazebo Golf in Hornell, featuring a miniature golf course along with a driving range. He owned & operated the business for about five years. In the late 1980’s he built another miniature golf course / driving range called PK Putters in Geneva, NY. He operated the business until the time of his death.

Ken was a true sports enthusiast. He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed fishing. In his younger years, Ken loved bowling and had been a member of several bowling leagues in Hornell. He also enjoyed watching sporting events on TV and loved rooting for the NY Yankees, Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots. His greatest joy, however, was attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He was married on November 23, 1968 to the former Sharon Conwell who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Rebecca (David) Jeffery of Cheshire, CT; 2 grandsons, Michael Jeffery and Matthew Jeffery; 4 brothers, Leonard (Rosemarie) Davies of Bergen, NY, James (Alicia) Davies of Ontario, NY, Robert Davies of Webster, NY and Lawrence (Kathleen) Davies of Webster, NY; his sisters-in-law, Carolyn Conwell and Jean Coddington; along with several nieces, nephews & cousins.

At Ken’s request there will be no prior calling hours. A memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Michael’s Church in Penn Yan, NY with Fr. John O’Connor officiating. Final interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont, NY.

Ken’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the American Cancer Society, 16 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.