John Devaney

John James Devaney

Monday, December 9th, 1929 Saturday, April 11th, 2020

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Obituary for John James Devaney

John James Devaney, 90, of South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, died Saturday evening, April 11th, 2020 at Sherrill House Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Boston, MA.

He was born in New York City on December 9th, 1929, a son of the late Thomas and Nellie (Twomey) Devaney.

A veteran of the US Army, John served as a paratrooper from 1947 to 1950 with the 82nd Airborne, Signal Company.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, John earned a Masters Degree in Education. Following college, he was employed as an instruments mechanic at LaGuardia Airport and then as a security guard for Wells Fargo in MA. Later, he was employed as a security guard, and then a Professor and Playwright at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He enjoyed writing plays and music, and absolutely loved teaching and tutoring future actors. He was known as a kind and gentle man who loved his family.

He is survived by his loving niece and caretaker, Ellen Hayes of Port Ewen, nephews and nieces, Charles Pringle and his wife Sally, of Connelly, Ruth Schmidt of Middletown, NJ, Paul Devaney of Staten Island, Rose Dombi, of California, Noreen Matthies of Port Ewen, Eileen Montoto of Hoboken, NJ.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by sisters, Margaret Wrynn, Nora Pringle and brothers Thomas, Patrick and Martin Devaney.

The family entrusted the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, with the care and funeral arrangements for John.

Interment and graveside service officiated by Rev. Carl Johnson at Montrepose Cemetery was private

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in John's memory to: Sherrill House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 135 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA.

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  • Interment

    Thursday, April 16th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Montrepose Cemetery
    75 Montrepose Ave
    Kingston, NY
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    Thursday, April 16th, 2020

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Linda Polacco

Ellen so sorry for the loss of your uncle condolences to you and your family
Sincerely Chuck and Linda Polacco
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