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TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Bruce Ernest Davidson, VQ-4

1942 - 2016

Bruce Ernest Davidson, Commander, United States Navy, (Retired), 73, of California, MD, died suddenly at his home on November 2, 2016. Born on Dec. 7, 1942, in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Alfred Bolden Davidson and Charlotte Anderson Davidson. Bruce graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the Class of 1965. After graduation, Bruce served as a naval aviator flying P-3s out of Moffett Field in California and later 130 aircraft at VQ-4 at Pax River. He also served in Vietnam and aboard the USS Constellation. He earned a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California in 1972 while stationed in San Diego, CA. Bruce proudly served in the United States Navy until his retirement as a Commander in 1985. He continued his career as a contractor at Webster Field with Eagan McAllister Associates /SAIC until his retirement from SAIC in Dec. 2015.

On Oct. 26, 1974, while stationed in San Diego, he met and married his wife, Patricia "Patsy" Cahill, also stationed in San Diego serving in the Navy Nurse Corps. Together they celebrated 42 wonderful years of marriage. He was a lifetime member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. He was an avid sports fan and loved Navy football. He had season tickets for 30 years, traveling to games from Houston to Ireland to cheer for the Navy midshipmen. When he wasn't watching a sporting event, he enjoyed working in his yard. But his greatest joy in his life was spending time with his family especially his three granddaughters and new grandson who affectionately call him "Bubba". He was an active member of the Patuxent Presbyterian Church in California, MD, serving wherever needed. He was a former member of the Church of Ascension in Lexington Park, MD, where he served on the vestry and as the Senior Warden. He was a past member of the Lexington Park Rotary Club, Young Life Committee and volunteered to help many community projects including the Ascension Food pantry, HOPE and Christmas in April. In addition to his wife, Bruce is survived by his children, Kimberly Davidson Safford of California, MD, and Kristin Davidson Hart (Bryan) of Bahrain; his brother, Charles Davidson (Lorraine) of Collingswood, NJ; and four grandchildren: Ashley Welch, Brooke Safford, Mattison Safford, all of California, MD; and Finn Patrick Hart of Bahrain; and many extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service was celebrated by Reverend Michael Jones on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Patuxent Presbyterian Church. Inurnment with military honors will follow at a later date in the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium.


Message from Mike Davidson

"Bruce was one of the VQ-4 M.O.’s during my second tour there (79-81). I didn’t see his name on the fallen shipmate list. No relation. Mike"


TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Bruce Ernest Davidson's family and friends during this time of the passing. 


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