Michael S. Davis, 50, previously of Washington Township, Gloucester County, died unexpectedly on December 18, 2019.
Michael was known for his quick wit, eclectic musical interests and ability to make friends with virtually anyone he ever met.
He started a career in the health insurance industry shortly after graduating in 1991 with a degree in marketing from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He spent nine years at AmeriHealth Insurance Co of NJ, before joining Conner Strong & Buckelew in 2005. He was well-liked within the firm – and the industry – and worked his way up to vice president before retiring in 2017 due to a sudden illness.
As a young man, Michael competed in a number of sports, but excelled in soccer and ice hockey. His vision on the soccer pitch was unsurpassed and he was an active member of his college ice hockey club at Messiah, playing home games at the old Hershey Sports Arena.
In 2005, he participated in community rebuilding efforts along the US Gulf Coast – particularly in Mississippi – following Hurricane Katrina.
Michael was an avid supporter of the Philadelphia Union and Liverpool FC, relishing the English club's 2019 European championship over Tottenham FC. He admired Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, but truth be told, the German skipper could've learned a thing or two from Michael.
He is survived by his mother and father, Winnie (nee Brazier) and Budd; brother, Christopher; sister-in-law, Jennifer; nephew, Dylan; and niece, Brynn, as well as his wife, Inger, and children, Anna-Lise, Cole, Finnegan and Jude.
Following a private ceremony, Michael will be interred at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Washington Township. He was a believer, so is now reunited in Heaven with loved ones who passed before him, including his beloved grandfather, Woody.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the Starfinder Foundation (starfinderfoundation.org) in Michael's name. The Philadelphia-based charity uses soccer as a catalyst for social change and promotes the emotional and physical well-being of at-risk youth, ensuring they will never walk alone.