Duane ‘Coach’ P. Davis
Duane “Coach” P. Davis, of Staatsburg, N.Y., a 38 year resident of the area, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2013, at Vassar Brothers Hospital after an extended illness. Duane was born in 1940 in Binghamton, N.Y. and was the son of Ruth W. Davis (Wheeler) and Paul J. Davis I.
Duane lived thereafter in Middletown, N.Y. where he was chosen to be on the inaugural Middletown Little League Team in 1950. He moved to Cornwall and after graduation began working for his father and delivered milk for Crowley’s. On October 5, 1963, he married Carol J. Singleton at St. Patrick’s Church in Troy, N.Y. They lived in Gloversville, N.Y. and started a family of four rowdy kids. Duane earned his undergraduate degree at the University at Albany and master’s degree at Empire State College. Duane and Carol relocated to Hyde Park, N.Y. in 1974 where he began a lifelong teaching career in the Hyde Park Central School System as a business teacher at F.D. Roosevelt High School. Even today, “eyes on copy” means get to work in his family. Coach managed various sports until settling in at the helm of both basketball and baseball teams for 25 years until his retirement from teaching in 1998.
Coach is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Carol at home. Duane is also survived by his children, Karen and Art Borin of Goshen, N.Y., Diane Davis of New Milford, Conn., Jennifer and Michael Brennan of Valatie, N.Y. and Paul and Mary Elizabeth Davis of Atlanta, Ga. Duane is also survived by six grandchildren who were the apples of his eye. The girls were “Grandpa’s pretty little girls,” Timothy and Kay Borin of Goshen, N.Y., Joseph Lyder of New Milford, Conn, Elise and Maya Brennan of Valatie, N.Y. and Attlie Hope Davis of Atlanta, Ga. Additional family includes: sister, Janet Davis of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; brother, Rande and Laura Davis of Poolesville, Md.; and sister, Luane and Peter Haggerty of Rochester, N.Y. Coach is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and Lance and Blaine Davis.
Duane was active in the Knights of Columbus Lodge No. 6111 in Hyde Park, N.Y. for many years. During that time, he earned his 4th degree knighthood, of which, he was very proud. He played golf in Hyde Park for many years as well. Duane was an avid (rabid) Yankee fan. He enjoyed season tickets for years and made a habit out of trying to be the first guy in and the last fan out of the stadium.
For more than 40 years, Coach was known widely as a Basketball and Baseball Coach. He began his coaching in Gloversville, N.Y. at Bishop Burke High School before moving onto Roosevelt High School in 1972, where he served as the Men’s Varsity Basketball and Baseball Coach for more than 25 years. He was the founder of the Dutchess County High School Basketball Association and the original Board of Directors of BCANY. Coach initiated an Exceptional Senior game, All Academic Team, All County Team, and the annual Dutchess County Holiday tourney. Duane was the Poughkeepsie Journal Coach of the Year numerous times and garnered many awards in his tenure as coach at FDR.
He went on to be the Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball program of the Mount Saint Mary Blue Knights for 14 years. Collectively, he guided both sports to over 400 wins apiece during his tutelage. MSMC earned 5 ECAC post season tournament bids and earned their first ever bid to the NCAA “big dance” tournament in 2000. He repeated this feat in 2004. Duane was the second most winningest coach in MSMC history. He was inducted in to the New York State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. After leaving MSMC, he joined the Roosevelt Presidents once again as a mentor and coach to a new generation of players.
In 2013, he was honored to serve as the Grand Marshall of the Hyde Park Fourth of July parade. Duane was overwhelmed to represent the town he loved and served for so many years. He gushed with pride when telling others of his recent anniversary of 50 years to Carol. Duane shared his wisdom for a happy marriage at a recent gathering with family. “Marriage is a lot of hard work. And your mother did most of it.”
Duane’s family would like to thank the staff at NCU at Vassar Brothers Hospital. Each of those who cared for him in a loving, dignified manner will hold a special place in each of his family members’ hearts.
Visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013, at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Route 9, Hyde Park.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m., on November 9, at Regina Coeli Church, Route 9, Hyde Park.
Interment will immediately follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 171 Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Regina Coeli Church, 2 Harvey Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538 or the Knights of Columbus, 1278 NY 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
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