I met Dr. Alfred Davis Jr. when he opened up his practice on Orange Road. His sincerity always stood out to me. He was a man of principle, and he took great pride in being a business owner in the South End of Montclair. However, I cannot limit his impact to being a successful businessman. He was an avid supporter of the Fourth Ward, and was eager to provide help in any endeavor that benefited the community.

He was always on me about healthy eating and taking care of my body. He just had an exceptional ability to look, listen and learn before he made a statement. When he did speak, you knew his point came from a place of high intellect. He was not one to have a knee-jerk reaction.

I also think he was an inspiration to other business owners, especially in the South End, in the way he took care of his business property. When he opened up his second location, he not only improved the look of the area; he added to the vibrancy. He supported local businesses and was truly a man of integrity and care. I got to see the best of him through his son, Alfred, who is friends with my daughter, Katherine. As a parent, you always want to make sure your children are respectful and good people. The times I’ve been around his son, you can tell he came from a household where manners and respect and pride were instilled in him.

I have such empathy for his son, because he lost a dad. Montclair loss a great community advocate, father and inspiration. You can’t replace a Dr. Al Davis. His impact went beyond his volunteer work and successful business. He inspired many by the way he lived.

David Cummings
Fourth Ward councilman, Montclair

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