SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood community is mourning the passing of Hubert Lamont Davis -- known to most people as Lamont -- on August 30, 2020, at the age of 60.

Because of social distancing, there will be a virtual Celebration of Life held in his honor at Jerseyland Park Community Center in Scotch Plains, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. If you'd like to attend the service, simply click this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82889694073.

Lamont was born Jan. 28, 1960, in Plainfield, to Era Louise Davis and Richard Davis. An outstanding football player, he graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1978. He went on to attend Temple University in Philadelphia.

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Lamont’s love and passion for sports kept him involved in many sporting activities, which included tennis, skiing and golf. His enthusiasm for tennis led him to become a USTA Players Service Associate where he would escort world-class players like Venus and Serena Williams and Roger Federer at the US Open. Lamont worked numerous jobs as a security officer, Commissioner at Scotch Plains Recreation, and Treasurer for the Preserve Shady Rest Committee.

He also assisted the Outreach Ministry of St. John’s Baptist Church of Scotch Plains and volunteered at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside.

"Lamont loved everyone. To me, he was like a member of the family," said longtime friend Jimmy Checchio, who considered Lamont as a member of his family. "He bled Raider Blue. Lamont was at countless sporting events, cheering the Raiders on -- usually the loudest one! He always had words of encouragement. That's what he was about: lifting people up."

"Lamont was truly 'Boss Hog'; he made people come alive, laugh, love life and forget their troubles," said Sylvia Hicks. "He loved the youths and was a pep rally all by himself -- always encouraging them to press on."

"His death is a tremendous loss for the community," Hicks told TAPintoSPF.

Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella, another longtime friend, said: "Lamont was larger than life! He had the biggest hear and was always looking to help in the community. I will miss him and his phone calls very much."

Lamont Davis is survived by his brothers Richard C. Davis of Greensboro, North Carolina, Robert E. Davis of College Park, Georgia, Raymond J. Davis of Waldorf, Maryland, and Anthony T. Davis of Plainfield, New Jersey, and a host of nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His sister Vernita Williams preceded him in death.

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