Dr. Bernie P. Davis
Nov. 15, 1925 – Oct. 28, 2016
Dr. Bernie P. Davis, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died Friday in Canterbury Woods in Williamsville, where he lived. He was 90.
He was born in Buffalo and graduated from Bennett High School. He received a bachelor’s from the University at Buffalo in 1948 and a medical degree from UB in 1952.
He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies, and served as president of Alpha Omega Alpha in 1951-52.
After training as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Davis began in private practice in 1957 with offices in Kenmore. His hospital affiliations included Kenmore Mercy, DeGraff Memorial, Linwood Bryant and Women & Children’s.
He also served from 1963 to 1971 as director of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic and the Child Amputee Clinic at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center. In addition, he was a clinical instructor of orthopedic surgery at UB.
Dr. Davis served as president of the Western New York Orthopedic Society, Phi Lambda Kappa Medical Students Aid Society and DeGraff Memorial Hospital medical staff, as well as a council member of the Maimonides Medical Society.
He was a World War II veteran, serving as a medic in Okinawa. In 1973, he volunteered in Israel during the Yom Kippur War, caring for both Israeli and Syrian soldiers.
He was a man of many interests and simple pleasures, including cross-country skiing, theater, tennis, Buffalo sports teams, corny jokes, good Scotch and, especially, fishing. He spent many weekend days on his boat in the hunt for fishing spots on the lake and river. Most of all, he loved his family.
His memberships included the Buffalo Academy of Medicine, the Buffalo Trauma Society, the Erie County and New York Medical Societies, American Medical Association and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. For many years, he was a member of Congregation Shir Shalom.
His wife, Ellen, died in 2004.
Survivors include two sons, Henry and Howard; two daughters, Sara and Desa; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in White Chapel Cemetery, Amherst, with Shiva (visiting hours) from 5 to 8 p.m. at 64 Plumwood Court, Amherst.