Robert "Bob" Godman Davidson Jr. passed away on March 12, 2017 at the age of 89 following heart surgery.  Bob was born in 1927 in Baltimore, MD and raised in Govans. He attended Govans Elementary School, Roland Park Junior High, and Poly and City High schools.  In 1945, at age seventeen, he joined the United States Navy during World War II.  The war ended as he traveled across the Pacific Ocean, and continued his service in Okinawa, Japan, assisting in the reconstruction of the area. Later in life, Bob revisited the country that held a very special place in his heart.  In 1948, Bob married the late Rita Gross Davidson, and they became proud parents of seven children.

In his youth, Bob enjoyed ice skating, duckpin bowling, riding bicycles (which later turned to golf carts).  He was passionate about teaching others about his life and history through storytelling.   Bob loved geography, history and traveling.  While traveling abroad he enjoyed immersing himself in the local culture and learning from the people.  He grew up with a love for life on the water, and was an avid boater, fisherman and crabber.  Bob continued to crab and fish from his pier nearly every day until he took his final trip to Florida this winter.  He enjoyed crazy socks, funky suspenders, all things chocolate, Tasty cakes, tootsie rolls, decaf coffee and negotiating the best deals!

In 1963, Bob founded Bob Davidson Ford and opened his first showroom on Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore, where he quickly became known as "The Mustang Man," selling over 150 Mustangs in one month.  He later branded the exclusive "Colt Mustang" in a nod to the Baltimore Colts.  The dealership relocated to Parkville in 1970, where it thrives today.  He was an active member of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, as well as the Baltimore Ford Dealer Advertising Association.  In 1999, Bob retired and sold the Dealership to his son-in-law, Bruce Schindler.

Bob married Margaret "Maggie" Talucci in 2009.  They spent their summers on the Magothy River and their winters in Naples, Florida.  Through his life, he demonstrated immense altruism toward his family, friends and strangers.  Bob always lent a hand, expecting nothing in return.  He gave to numerous charities; often those involving children, Veterans and the Catholic Church.  He set a shining example by always acknowledging and supporting our troops, surprising them with a "paid" lunch tab.  To Bob, no one was a stranger, and his sense of humor was second to none.  

Bob is survived by his cherished wife Maggie.  He was the loving son of the late Robert G. Davidson Sr., "Mr. Bowling," and Beatrice Brooks Davidson and the devoted brother of William B. Davidson, the late Gladys T. Merson and John "Buddy" Teufel. Bob was the proud father of seven children: Susanne Davidson Gerhardt (the late James Gerhardt), Joanne Davidson Smith (David), Carol Davidson (Mike Antoniak), Patricia Davidson Schindler (Bruce), Barbara Davidson Rock (Donald), Robert G. Davidson III (Pamela), and William Jeffrey Davidson (Teke). Bob is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Patricia Gerhardt Wit (Brian), David Smith II (Julie), Patrick Reagan (Tracy), Daniel Reagan (Lauren), Kathryn Reagan, Zoe Reagan, Blake Schindler, Megan Rock, Michael Rock (Ashley), Colin Rock, Heather Davidson Chilcot (Chad), Brooke Davidson, Rebecca Davidson, Kendyl Davidson, and Madison Davidson; 12 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law and brother-in law Maryanne Talucci McGrath and Matthew James McGrath Sr. and their children Matthew McGrath Jr. and Valerie McGrath; and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and longtime friends.

Friends may call at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson, MD, 21204 on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  An additional viewing will be held before the Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030, on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:00 am.  Mass begins at 11:00 am.  Interment to follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Bob with memorial contributions to his home parish, Our Lady of the Chesapeake (8325 Ventnor Road, Pasadena, MD, 410-255-3677)


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