John F. Davidson Sr., 79, vice president of city firm

August 31, 2004

John Fountain Davidson Sr., a retired vice president of Potts & Callahan Inc. and lifelong Stevensville resident, died of heart failure Friday at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 79.

Mr. Davidson was born and raised in Stevensville, where he also graduated from high school. He worked on his family's farm until going to work in 1957 for Potts & Callahan Inc., a Baltimore firm that specializes in excavation, grading, paving, site utility and demolition.

During his 35-year career, Mr. Davidson worked on many major projects, such as the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, the Jones Falls Expressway, the Northern Parkway widening, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Maryland Transit Administration's light rail line. He retired in 1992.

Mr. Davidson, known as Fountain, enjoyed wildfowl hunting and fishing. In 1979, he set a Chesapeake Bay record when he caught a bluefish that weighed 22 pounds off Queen Anne Marina.

He was a member of the Stevensville Advisory Board and the Kent Island Heritage Society.

Mr. Davidson was a communicant and vestry member of Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Clara Bryan; three sons, John F. Davidson Jr. of Centreville, P. Norman Davidson of Queenstown and Harry Jackson Davidson of Stevensville; three daughters, Joann D. Anderson of Chester, Rebecca D. Wieland of Easton and Margaret D. Jarboe of Stevensville; three brothers, Harry M. Davidson of Chester, Phillip J. Davidson of Bridgetown and Philip T. Davidson of Denton; two sisters, Louise M. Price and Phyllis D. Pippin, both of Stevensville; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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