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Francis Ward Davidson

Francis Ward Davidson

July 24, 1946~June 16, 2024

Just one month shy of his 78th birthday. His notorious laugh, unconditional love and compassion will be sorely missed.
Francis, the son of Ward and Mona Davidson was born on July 24th, 1946, in Molalla, Oregon. He met the love his life Edith while stationed at Turks and Caicos, Naval Base in 1969. They just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this June.
After high school, he joined the United States Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman; a short while later, he became an Independent Duty Corpsman. While stationed aboard the U.S.S. Welch (PG-93), he became an enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Once married, the Navy moved them to Mississippi, Virginia, and then Jacksonville, Florida, where they settled and lived in the same home for over 30 years until his last breath. After retiring from the United States Navy, he continued working first for Zurich Insurance Services and then for American Business Systems (ABS) and taking care of his family. He taught Catechism classes at St. Edwards Catholic Church. He would spend as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren. However, he most enjoyed watching Florida State Football, his love for his family, especially his love for his wife, and various odd projects around the home.
His parents preceded Francis in death, along with one son. He is survived by his wife, Edith Davidson, and their four children, Richard, Sandra, Nicole, and Leon (Lin); honorary daughters Cynthia and Nancy (Jerry); his brother Thomas (Linda); his two sisters Jeanne and Lisa, eight grandchildren: Corey, Merryl, Cheyenne, Phillip, Devante, Briana, Dominick, and Tatiana, as well as his honorary granddaughter Abigail (Kenneth) and honorary grandsons, Maxwel and Nicholas, many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday June 29th, 2024, at 11:00 am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 8523 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida 32221 with viewing one (1) hour prior. There will not be an interment as Francis will be cremated.
Floral arrangements may be sent to Fraser Funeral Home or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church or the American Parkinson Disease Association at
There will be a repast immediately following the Mass at the family home.

Funeral Mass

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

  • June 29, 2024
  • 11:00 AM
  • Email Details
  • 8523 Normandy Blvd.
    Florida 32221


Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

  • June 29, 2024
  • 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
  • Email Details
  • 8523 Normandy Blvd.
    Florida 32221



June 19, 2024, 3:17 pm

I will miss our talks about medical information & childhood haunts. We really had it good. Thanks for the memories. Lov you

T LaVerne BaniHani

June 19, 2024, 3:39 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
“I know this is a difficult time, but my thoughts are with you and your family as you grieve”Condolences from the Simmons and Hall family. From LaVerne BaniHani (nee Simmons )

Cynthia bryl Nguyen

June 19, 2024, 4:17 pm

Sending our sympathy sorry

cynthia johnson (CJ)

June 19, 2024, 5:40 pm

Whenever I am missing you, I also remember how fortunate I was that you were in my life. I wouldn’t trade those moments for the world. Thank you all for being such loving and open hearted humans. Im grateful to be part of this family for the last 25 years.

Jerry Chiusano Jr

June 19, 2024, 5:56 pm

Fair winds and Following Seas Shipmate. We had some great liberty while serving on the USS WELCH PG-93. “ Lovers, Fighters, Gunboat Riders”………..Rest In Peace Doc….❤️🇺🇸 Jerry Chiusano Jr, EN2

Donna and Frank Comito

June 19, 2024, 7:21 pm

Thinking of you all and wishing you peace and comfort. Celebrate the life of a good man.

Virginia Small

June 19, 2024, 7:21 pm

Hope there is comfort in knowing others share the Davidson Family sadness on their loss of Francis, aka Frank (RIP), and do care to offer our thoughts and prayers. Frank’s life was a blessing, his family’s memory a real treasure. He was loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Mourn his departure with the knowledge that he’s now freed from health issues and be grateful that he existed. Pain is a small price to pay for his peace.😇🙏

Janice P Galloway

June 21, 2024, 11:35 am

Aunt Edith, Nicole and Family, may you find solace in the beautiful memories of your loved one and the strength to face the days ahead. Nehemiah 8:10—”Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” My condolences to the entire family, sending love, thoughts and prayers to all of you during this tough time. (Janice Galloway & Family: Trinidad & Atlanta).

Jodell Roberts

June 21, 2024, 6:14 pm

Condolences to Edie and the family from Jodell, Jackie, Joan and family.

Hiram Rivera

June 22, 2024, 10:02 am

He was a great friend and Knowledgeable CCD instructor. Funny with good jokes and an Infectious laugh. He will be missed. Keep them laughing Frank!

Sharon Wilson

June 22, 2024, 10:27 am

My love, prayers and condolences are with you and your family. XOXO

Jimmy Leung

June 23, 2024, 12:09 pm

Our deepest condolences to your family. Sending prayer for your family to find comfort during this difficult time

Lorraine and family

June 23, 2024, 4:48 pm

A very loving and loyal husband, friend and public servant who helped everyone is his midst. He will be missed. May God give Edith and children comfort and peace today and tomorrow.

Deborah Battle

June 28, 2024, 9:23 pm

My deep heartfelt condolences and prayers to Edith and family. May God show you strength and comfort during this difficult time.

Vaughan DeBarr

June 29, 2024, 7:24 am

My brother, Thomas and my parents have been given eternal life and are waiting to welcome you, Mr. Frank. I was one of the lucky ones. You shared wisdom and strength to me and my brother as your neighbors in our teens. God be with you and bless your soul.

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