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Oct 26 at 7:51 AM
I didn’t see mention of Don Devey’s recent passing in your newsletter. A good man.
Michael J. Miele
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Miele, Michael (MC1982)
[JR: It didn’t show on any of my searches. Unfortunately unless the Funeral Home puts it up on Legacy or Dignity or the family pays to publish it in a newspaper indexed by Google (not all are), then it’s “invisible” to me. Hence I need all the “eyes, ears, and fingers” of our fellow alums to pass the word along. Thanks for the update and a chance to explain.]
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Donald Peter Devey, 11/15/1934 – 10/05/2015 of Somers, NY a former longtime resident of Katonah, NY.
Don Devey was an ordinary man, who has done extraordinary things. An obituary captures statistics, a life of quiet accomplishment is sometimes only captured in the memory of loved ones. Don approached life with wit, humor and a sparkle in his eye.
The son of George and Dorothy (Lyons) Devey, Don was born in his parent’s house in the Elmhurst section of Queens in 1934. It was also in Elmhurst, where he met the love of his life, Ellen Brett, when their mothers were chatting (Ellen still in the womb). They have had a fabulous marriage that has thrived for 59 years.
Don attended Bishop Laughlin High School where he was very active on the track and cross-country teams. He earned a BA from Manhattan College where he majored in Labor Relations and his fraternity, Sigma Beta Kappa and those brothers were very important to him. The fraternity had a motto which he embraced in his everyday life “Esse Quam Videri”; “to be, rather than seem to be”. He also earned an MBA from New York University.
He was married to Ellen soon after graduation from Manhattan, and by the end of the following year had their first child, a boy, then another boy, boy, boy, Girl, boy and at last another boy. Within the space of ten years the Devey family measured 9 strong.
Don worked all his life; he worked to support his family, he worked for social justice and sometimes was able to combine the two goals. He started his career at Western Electric, moved to S.R.A. and spent 28 years at IBM. At IBM he did many things. He led programs for the “hard core” unemployed and he helped to architect many national privacy policies. He spoke before committees of Congress, developed the career paths of IBM executives and championed the IBM program for Equal Opportunity.
In his personal life, Don was president of the Northern Westchester Council on Equality (NEWCOE). He was a member of the St. Mary’s Parish Council several times and a Lector at Saint Matthias Church in Bedford Hills where his voice could be heard booming for over 30 years. He joined a prison focused ministry, Anti-Violence Programs (AVP), leading a series of sessions. After retirement he was a consultant for the National Executive Service Corps (NESC) and lent his skills to the Yonkers and White Plains school districts as well as individual not for profits. He was the Affordable Housing Chairman for the Town of Bedford, the President of the Blue Mountain Housing Corporation. Don was also one of the founders of what is now known as the Community Center of Northern Westchester, where he loved bagging food for the customers. He was awarded the Schaeffer Award by the Katonah Rotary. He was the Knights of Columbus “Man of the Year” recipient.
Don is pre-deceased by his brother Roger, his son Christopher and his grandson Eric. He is survived by his loving wife Ellen, and revered by all those who had the pleasure to meet him and the countless lives that he has touched. Don leaves behind his six children.
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, wife Barbara of Montague, MA and their children Anna (Rapp) and Nicholas. Don’s first great grandchild Arthur Donald Rapp. Michael Rhodes-Devey, wife Christine of Delmar, NY and Michael’s children Rachel and Brian. Peter, wife Jane McLoughlin of Somers, NY. MaryEllen (McLaughlin), husband Doug of Katonah, NY and their children Clare, Dan and Grace. Mathew, wife Maura of Goldens Bridge, NY and their children Dennis, Bridget and Brian. Lawrence, wife Mary Cate of North Salem, NY and their children Cate, Sean, Ryan and Luke.
The Family will receive friends at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd, Katonah, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Joseph’s RC Church, 95 Plum Brook Road, in Somers, NY. On Thursday, Oct 8 @ 11:30am. Burial will follow at St Joseph’s Cemetery, Route 202, Somers.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Don would have appreciated contributions to the Community Center of Northern Westchester (http://communitycenternw.org/donate-funds). He would also encourage you to be the best person you can be, follow in the ways of Christ, and to care for others before yourself.
Devey, Donald Peter [MC???? RIP]
Guestbook: None cited
[JR: Sad that all his accomplishments were never reported in Jasper Jottings. Argh! Can’t find what is not reported. How many other inspirations go missing. Argh!]
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I believe that Donald is a member of the Class of 1956.
May He Rest In Peace.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Devey, Donald Peter [MC1956 RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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