Alfred E. Davies, beer distributor

February 04, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Alfred E. Davies, who, with his wife, operated a beer distributorship in Elkridge, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Kingsville. He was 68.

He began his career as a salesman for the Narragansett Brewing Co. after leaving college.

"He boasted to the president of the company that he was a hotshot salesman," recalled his wife, the former Annette Levin of New York, whom he married in 1976. "He had never sold anything."

The executive told him, "I'll put you on the street, and we'll see how much of a hotshot you are," she said with a laugh.

"He always said the worst part of the job was having to drink two or three beers with the owner of a bar at 9 in the morning," she said. "Today, the business is altogether different."

After working for 14 years for Narragansett, he joined Carling Brewing Co. in 1962 as district sales manager for its Natick, Mass., plant. In 1964, he was appointed Baltimore sales manager and, in 1966, sales manager for the Baltimore region.

He established A. E. Davies Distributing Co. after leaving Carling in 1969.

In 1990, he started Pride of Maryland Beer, which is brewed at the Wild Goose Brewery, a microbrewery in Cambridge.

He was born and reared in Providence, R.I., and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1948.

During World War II, he served in the Naval Air Corps as a flight engineer with a patrol bomber squadron in the Central Pacific. He earned a Purple Heart.

He and his wife bred cocker spaniels, and he was an officer in the American Spaniel Club.

He was a member of the Maryland Beer Wholesalers and a past chairman of the National Beer Wholesalers of America. He also belonged to the Moose.

Services were planned for 1 p.m. today at Druid Ridge Mausoleum, 7900 Park Heights Ave.

Other survivors include two sons, Bradford Davies and Jeffrey Davies, both of Severna Park; a daughter, Diane Davies of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a stepson, Howard Feinberg of New York City; a stepdaughter, Enid Feinberg of Fallston; a brother, Richard O. Davies of Hemet, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Tri-Home Hospice, P.O. Box 240, Forest Hill 21050.

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