Gerald Weer Davis, 77, of West Grove, PA formerly of Landenberg and Avondale, PA, died at home on March 28, 2021 with his loving daughters by his side. He was the husband of the late Joan Marie Boyd Davis, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.
Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Ernest K. Davis and the late Mae Weer Davis.
He is survived by two daughters; Stephanie Davis Andrew (Daniel) of Forest Hill, MD; Cathleen Davis Luce (John) of Middleburg, VA; four grandchildren Jake, Ben, and Alex Andrew, and Julia Luce; and one great-granddaughter, Nova Andrew; his brothers E. Kenneth of Beverly Hills, FL, and R. Thomas of Kennett Square; his two sisters Joan A. Davis of West Grove, PA and Janet Lamborn (Jay) of Port Charlotte, FL, and his sister-in-law Beth T. Davis (Randy Franz) of Parkesburg, PA, as well as his many nieces, nephews, friends and wonderful police family.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, William W. (Bill) and W. Gene (Gene) Davis and his sister-in-law
Grace Bonifacino Davis.
Gerry graduated from Avon Grove high school, attended Goldy Beacom College and many other institutions for training pertaining to emergency services and law enforcement including Penn State University, West Chester University, Delaware County Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Alvernia College, FBI, DEA, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.
Gerry was employed by the Chester County Police Communications Center from 1967-1982. He served as police dispatcher, Deputy Director of Communications, Acting Director and Director of the Department of Emergency Services. Some of the projects and accomplishments he was most proud of were his involvement in the merger of the Communications Center with the Police & Fire Communications and the 9-1-1 expansion and disaster emergency management plan for the county, emergency management during the TMI nuclear incident, and a survey monitoring every bridge in the county for flood gauges.
Gerry was a part-time New Garden Township police officer starting in 1967, became full-time in 1972 and Chief of Police from 1973-2002. Under his leadership, NG grew from 5 part-time officers to 12 full-time officers. He was proud of supporting community programs in schools such as DARE, GREAT, and EDDIE EAGLE. He was an advocate for the officers that he hired and encouraged education, safety, training, and advancement. He was proud of many “firsts” for his department: hiring one of the first female officers in the county in 1985; one of the first to utilize computerized records (1993); first in the county to have AEDs in all patrol cars (1997); second in the county to have a School Resource Officer (1998); and Police Bike Patrol (1999). He believed in a Community Policing Philosophy before it became popular, obtaining from then Senator Joe Biden’s office, approximately $800,000 in Federal COPS funding to expand the department and practice community policing strategies. His greatest accomplishment was that no officers were injured or killed during his tenure.
Gerry was Chief of Police for East Marlborough Police Department from 2002-2015. He was brought on board to assist in establishing policy and procedures and heading the department using his lifetime of experience. He retired in 2015.
Gerry was involved in his profession and the community. He was a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, Chester County Chiefs of Police Association. He was a member of the Southeast Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware Police Chiefs Association. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Gerry was a charter member of the Pennsylvania Chapter Association of Public Safety Communication Officers and also served on the Board of Directors for the Southern Chester County EMS.
Gerry always said he didn’t have much time for hobbies but he enjoyed reading, spending time with friends at their cabin in Clearfield County, trips to the beach and Topsail Island, NC, IACP conferences with his wife, Joan, Penn State Football, the Philadelphia Eagles and absolutely anything to do with Jake, Ben, Alex, and Julia.
His interment will be private. A memorial service will be held honoring his life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at the following: The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund in Washington, DC – www.nleomf.org OR The American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org.
To view Gerry’s online tribute and to share a message with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com
Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA.