Richard C Davis
Richard C. Davis (Rick/Master Rick) 66, died peacefully in his sleep on October 22, 2014. He was born January 20, 1948 in Kingston, NY. Rick grew up in the Kingston area and earned his degree at NY State Maritime College in Nuclear Engineering. His multifaceted career in the Engineering field took him to New Orleans and Charlotte, before moving to the Houston area in 1996.
While in Charlotte, he met the love of his life, Sue. Full of infectious love and laughter, they touched everyone they met. Sue’s calm, smooth, serene demeanor was the perfect complement to Rick’s never ending energy. She often referred to him as her funny, courageous, smart, caring, hot tempered, romantic Rick .
Rick continued to pursue his passion for martial arts, eventually opening a martial arts school in League City. Once Rick retired, he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream, partnering with Julius Melegrito, to build a martial arts center, M & D's Paradise Resort, in the far away town of San Vicente, Palawan Island, Philippines. It didn't take long before the people of San Vicente took him in and he became part of their family. Rick loved the Philippines - out would come the battered cell phone and he was showing you pictures of the martial arts center, the town, and the people he had met and came to love.
Rick will be remembered by all as a truly amazing man, full of strength, courage and generosity. To know him was to love him. He was forever a teacher and trusted friend, giving life lessons without you even knowing it. He was an encyclopedia of knowledge and an inspiration to all. He never wavered in the face of adversity - nothing could slow him down, not even cancer. He will be dearly missed, but the positive impact and influence he had on the community, his family, and friends will live on.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Edith Davis. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue, his son, Doug, his brother Brian and wife Bev, sister-in-laws Ann Harris, Kathy Bowers and husband Dennis, Lisa White and husband Terry, brother-in-law Howard Hedderly and wife Eileen, many nieces & nephews, and many close friends.
A celebration of life will be held November 8th at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2508 St. Christopher Ave., League City, TX. A luncheon will be held immediately afterwards. A second celebration of life will be held on November 15th, in Charlotte (details pending at this time).
If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.