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Allen Norman ‘Bud’ Davenport Jr., 82, greatest joy was unlocking the past through genealogy

Allen Norman Davenport Jr.
Allen Norman Davenport Jr.

Allen Norman ‘Bud’ Davenport Jr., 82, of Williamsburg, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Originally hailing from upstate New York, Bud moved to Gloucester Point at the age of eight after his father was commissioned to be the engineer on the York River ferryboats.

He graduated from Achilles High School in Gloucester in 1951. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 19 and met his future bride, Nancy, while visiting his family in Gloucester on breaks from the service. They were married on January 28, 1956, in Gloucester. During their time in Burlington, Vt., Bud attended Champlain College.

Bud and Nancy had four children, eventually settling in Williamsburg in 1969. Five grandchildren later followed. Bud retired in 2008 after a successful and rewarding 31-year career at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. As the director of Buildings and Grounds, Bud took tremendous pride in his work and gained immense satisfaction from his working relationships.

Bud was a member of The New England Historic Genealogical Society as well as The American Legion. Bud was an avid gardener and a fantastic cook. He enjoyed preparing traditional New England food as well as Southern cuisine. He was also a gifted storyteller; family gatherings often revolved around tales recounting his life. In retirement, Bud enjoyed spending time with his family, while continuing his greatest joy and lifelong passion for unlocking the past through the study of genealogy.

Bud was preceded in death by his beloved son, Allen ‘Andy’ Norman Davenport III; parents, Allen and Marion Davenport; sisters, Shirley Chaffee and Becky Ashe.

He is beloved by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; children, Andy, Kim, Scott and Gaye; and grandchildren, Brandi, Jessica, Kasey, Kristin and Jacob.

The family would like to thank the dedicated and caring nurses and certified nursing aides for all of their wonderful care.

A celebration of Bud’s life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. The family requests casual dress attire. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188; or the American Cancer Society.

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