Kenneth Harry ‘Ken’ Davis, 88

Kenneth Harry “Ken” Davis, 88, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., was a beloved father and grandfather. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Davis was born to James Davis and Mildred (Bradley) Davis on March 24, 1931, in Swedeland, Pa. He attended Upper Merion High School and then Franklin & Marshall College, on a full athletic scholarship, where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. In 2009, he was inducted into the Franklin & Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame.

He married Doris Symington on Nov. 20, 1954, in Norristown, Pa. Soon after, Davis enlisted in the U.S. Army, in which he served as an MP at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland until 1956, when he was honorably discharged from active duty.

He then taught history and coached football in Pennsylvania until 1962, at Haverford Junior High, Marple Newtown High School and Bishop McDevitt High School. From 1962 to 1969, he was the athletic director and head football coach at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa. He built a successful athletic program, leading his team to one of only two undefeated championship seasons in the academy’s history.

In 1969, Davis left Valley Forge Military Academy to purchase a struggling daycare in King of Prussia, Pa., which he grew into a successful enterprise through hard work and creativity. In 1980, he retired to Fort Lauderdale, until 2009, when he relocated to Cocoa Beach to be closer to his family.

Davis was affectionately referred to as “Coach” by his players, who loved him and kept in contact long after his retirement, and as “Pops” by his family. He was known for his outgoing nature and sense of humor, which enabled him to establish strong friendships with people from all walks of life. He always made an effort to keep in touch and maintained many cherished lifetime friendships. He will be deeply missed by family and friends alike.

Davis was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and James Davis; his brothers, Thomas and Robert; and his wife, Doris. He is survived by his son, James Davis of King of Prussia, Pa.; daughters Linda Veiga and her husband, Candido, of Cocoa Beach, and Cynthia Gale and her husband, Stephen, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; grandchildren, Scott Colburn and his spouse, Amanda, of Rockville, Md., Stacie Hayes and her spouse, Taylor, of Washington, D.C.; and Kenneth Veiga of Phoenix, Ariz.; and his great-granddaughter, Parker Hayes.

The family extended their sincere appreciation to all who filled his life with love and those who helped care for him.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a future date. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.