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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Joseph J. "Joe" Davinroy Sr. of
4Smithton, who passed away on January 21, 2022; and
5    WHEREAS, Joe Davinroy was born in East St. Louis to Albert
6and Verena (Zollinger) Davinroy on March 14, 1933; he
7graduated from Central Catholic High School in East St. Louis
8and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, installing
9communication lines; and
10    WHEREAS, Joe Davinroy was the owner of A.S. Davinroy P & H
11Inc.; he belonged to Plumbers Local 360 and served as
12president of Illinois State P & H Contractors in 1981; he was a
13lifetime member of the Great Southwestern P & H Contractors
14Association; he was a founding member of Camp Ondessonk,
15installing all of the original plumbing, and served on the
16board of directors for many years; he was a founder and
17president of the FSH (Freeburg Smithton Hecker) Water
18Commission; and
19    WHEREAS, During Joe Davinroy's 26 years of retirement, he
20enjoyed his family farm and raising dahlias, which led to his
21membership in the Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society; he enjoyed
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1many, along with homemade cookies and candy; he also enjoyed
2using brass from his plumbing business to make sculptures; he
3loved to spend his summers going to picnics and playing bingo
4and spent many years with The Old NewsBoys; he also spent
5weekends selling glass cleaner at the flea market in
6Belleville; he was a member of the Smithton Senior Center and
7enjoyed Monday Night Meals, which included playing cards and
8fellowship after dinner; he also met a long-time group of
9friends each Wednesday for breakfast and companionship; and
10    WHEREAS, Joe Davinroy loved traveling both within the
11states, especially to New Orleans to visit family, and abroad,
12which led to him serving on the board of directors for Golden
13Frontier; he also served on the board for the San Damiano
14Retreat Center in Golconda; and
15    WHEREAS, Joe Davinroy was preceded in death by his
16parents; his former wife, Patricia Davinroy; his brother,
17Albert J. Davinroy; and his sisters, Theresa Weurz and Mary C.
18Walsh; and
19    WHEREAS, Joe Davinroy is survived by his children, Elaine
20Davinroy, Ann (Christopher) Lintzenich, Joe Davinroy Jr., and
21John (Debbie) Davinroy; his grandchildren, Phillip (Kathryn)
22Lintzenich, Jacqueline (Adam) Forsyth, Michael and Alexa
23Davinroy, and Nick, Chris, and Maddie Jones; and his long-time



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1companion, Jenene Biggerstaff; therefore, be it
3ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
4Joseph J. "Joe" Davinroy Sr. and extend our sincere
5condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved
6him; and be it further
7    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
8presented to the family of Joe Davinroy as an expression of our
9deepest sympathy.