NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The death of a Worcester firefighter who died trying to save the life of another on Thursday has the Blackstone Valley area grieving today.
Though he lived and worked in Worcester, Jon Davies, assigned to Rescue Squad 1 in Worcester, has ties to Northbridge and Millbury.
His late father, Robert Davies, owned Mr. Robert’s Shoes on Church Street in Whitinsville from the late 1960s to sometime in the 1990s. His fiancé Jessica Dumas spent much of her youth living with an aunt and uncle, Michael and Sheila Jones on Elm Street in Millbury.
Northbridge resident Robert Parker has fond memories of Robert Davies. Parker worked at the shoe store when Davies married his wife Ruth. After they married, “they lived in Ruth’s fathers house on Grafton Street in Worcester,’’ Parker said.
Chamber of Commerce President Jeanne Hebert babysat Dumas when she was younger. Hebert’s daughter and Dumas remain friends. “It is just terrible,’’ Hebert said. Jon and Jessica planned to start the new year with their wedding, she said.
Jon D. Davies Sr., 43, a 17-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department, died while trying to rescue a resident from a fire at 49 Arlington St. He and his partner Brian Carroll were in the building when it collapsed. Carroll, who was thrown into the cellar, was injured but survived.
Davies is the father of three sons, two of them in the military, one serving in Afghanistan.
He is survived by his sons, Jon D. Davies Jr., Michael Davies and Adam Davies; his fiancé Jessica Dumas, his mother Ruth A. (Macionis) Davies; a brother, Robert N. Davies; a sister, Christina W. Davies; and best friend, Keith Pozzessere.
His funeral will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 24 Mullbury St., Worcester. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Mercadante funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester.