February 7, 2020
Services: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 12:00pm at the Church of St. Paul, 50 Union Street, Hamilton, MA 01982. All are welcome. Other events are private.
In lieu of
flowers contributions may be made in her name to
The Priscilla Fund, c/o
New England Swimming 1241 Highland Ave Rear Needham, MA 02492. (tax deductible)
The fund will provide scholarships to individuals that embody the spirit and passion for the causes that Priscilla championed throughout her life.
Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
It is with very heavy heart that we share that Priscilla (McGee) Davis passed away peacefully at 5:49pm this evening, Tuesday, February 4, 2020, surrounded by her family, after a brief hospitalization. She was 85.
Priscilla was a long-time and beloved fixture in the swimming community in New England. She was a dedicated official for thousands of swimming competitions across all ages and abilities. She was on the pool deck for local youth, summer league, high school, collegiate, YMCA, masters, Paralympic, Bay State Games, and USA Swimming competition. She had a particularly strong connection to the Massachusetts Special Olympics, which not even hip replacement surgery could keep her from attending. A family member commented that when they examined her calendar planner, there were remarkably few days that did not have at least one swim meet scheduled.
She was a member of the New England Swimming Board of Directors for decades, serving as the Adapted Swimming and Safety Chair for many years. She served on numerous USA Swimming national committees, including the National Adapted Swimming Committee and the National Swimming Safety Committee. She also served for many years on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Board of Directors.
She was the recipient of countless awards and recognitions, and was a two-time recipient of the Adolf Kiefer Safety Commendation Award, presented at the United States Aquatic Sports National Convention, in 1991 and 2017. She is a member of the MIAA Hall of Fame. In 2014, the Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swim Coaches Academy (EMISCA) created the Priscilla Davis Silver Service Award, honoring her 25+ years of service to Massachusetts High School swimming and diving.
She is reunited with her beloved husband Bill, to whom she was married for 58 years, and who predeceased her in 2013. She is survived by two brothers, Peter and Jake; her daughter Cynthia; two sons, Michael and James; and several cherished grandchildren. She will also be deeply missed by thousands of swimmers, coaches, officials, and parents.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Paul, 50 Union St., Hamilton on Sunday February 9, 2020 at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her name to New England Swimming 1241 Highland Ave Rear Needham, MA 02492. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.