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William “DASH” Davis JR. passed away on June 26, 2023. On Monday At Yale New Haven Hospital In New Haven Connecticut. He was the oldest son and 4th child of 6 children to Grand Master William Davis Sr. And Jeanette Davis. He was born in Brooklyn at St. Mary’s Hospital and moved to Staten Island at the 1 1/2 years old where he was raised to adulthood. Preceding in his death are his father Grand Master Billy Davis, Sister’s Valerie Davis, Nadine Russell and Kenneth Davis. His is survived by his mother Jeanette Davis, sisters Billie Ortiz, Michelle Mingo, Grace Davis, Joie Rose and brother Michael Quinn. Also his Children William Davis 3rd First Oldest , Jeanette Davis Velasquez The second oldest, Third oldest Dash Elliot Davis Velasquez, Fourth oldest Terrence Jason Leo Davis, and The last youngest child Raelyn Isolde Camareno and also 17 Grandchildren and One Great Grandson A host of nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends that loved him.
At the early age of 7 years old the family discovered that William loved to build and fix things. His sisters remember him fixing a TV while it was plugged in with the back panel off and watching Batman & Robin at the same time. Terrified he would electrocute himself his sister ran and told their mom and she of course went in the room and stopped him before he burned the house down. He would continue to fix and build all kinds of gadgets. Club houses, Go Carts, big wheels, rebuilding his bike to add choppers to it so it resembled a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He built scooters, mopeds and some times he would add a motor to it to make it go faster. If he only knew then what the world knows now he would have been a billionaire because he invented the electric scooter that everyone is riding around on today. He pleaded with his parents to let him have a pigeon coop on the roof of the building they lived in. He not only built his owns pigeon coop … he trained his pigeons to fly out and bring back other pigeons. Only later to find out that the new pigeons belongs to the pigeon coop on the next roof. So his dad made him return the pigeons to the rightful owners.
William always had a dollar on his pocket. He always found a way to make some money. He would deliver the Staten Island Advance, go around the neighborhood and ask to shovel their driveway and in front of the home. He helped dig people out when they were stuck in the snow. While his dad was sleeping William at the age of 13 or 14 would take his dads car and drive people to the ferry for 50 cent or a dollar to make some extra money. That stop when his dad got up a little earlier then usually and found his car missing.
Everyone in here knows his dad so you can imagine how that ended.
Halloween was one of his favorite holidays, he would be the first one home from school and the first one out the door trick or treating. William would make his own custom, go around the neighborhood fill up his candy bag, go home and change his custom and head back out to do his second round of trick or treating. He would do this at lease 3 times until one lady asked him …. Weren’t you here earlier? Through out his early years he studied Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts with his dad.
While attending Curtis High School he was on the swim team and the diving team. He was one of the top divers on Staten Island. He loved dancing and was a part of one of the best club scene areas during the 80 & 90. A time when you would walk down the street and see a group of guys and girls break dancing on cardboard boxes with their boombox. There’s a good chance you would see William spinning on his head as you passed by before going to the “GARAGE” to enjoy the night with his house music family.
Let’s not forget he was a ladies man. The women are still talking about how much they loved him from New York, to Chicago, Puerto Rico, and Connecticut …. And the list goes on. He later opens his own business Billy Bedbugs. Only to close it after a few years when he health started to deteriorate.