My deepest condolences on the loss of Mr. Devita, to the whole Devita family.
My sympathies go to the family of Mr. DeVita. I always think about his phrase"mutual respect and dignity'.
May he rest in peace.
Annette Bellantoni Aneson
BMHS class of 1969
I was never afraid to go to the principal's office when I was at Brien McMahon - because we (students) all knew Mr. DeVita was a kind, funny, fair man. I attended McMahon in the 70's and with him there, felt safe, even if the times were "tumultuous"! Rest in Peace, Mr. DeVita.
so sorry for your lose. i had mr devita at mcmahon for 4 years 66-70 and he got to know me by my first name when i had to go to his office. even though i was in trouble, he would always just smile and say "you again'. he was the nicest man. always far. my he rest in peace
Mr. Devita, One of the nicest persons to have known while attending the Ben Franklin school. Best principal ever. God Bless the Family in their loss.
I will always remember Mr. Devita, always pleasant and fair. He was the best principal ever. God Bless the family.
I shall always remember Mr. DeVita from my school days at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School and Brien McMahon High School. He was a very intelligent and kind hearted Educator and Counselor with a "down to earth" attitude. He will be missed by all those who loved and respected him. God bless him and his family.
Virginia Cundari Falcone
Virginia Cundari Falcone
Praying for Mr De Vita's family and friends. I graduated in 1969 from Brien McMahon and certainly remember our fine principal. Those years remain precious and classmates are reflecting on the fact that we were blessed. Thank you, Mr De Vita.
God Bless him, he was my principal in both middle and high school, He was very strict but maybe that is why I am this way today.
I always admire Mr DeVita he was my Ben Franklin Junior High always treated us respectful and taught us to have self respect a kind man my prayers and thoughts to his family
He was my principal at Benjamin Franklin JHS and at Brien McMahon HS. I graduated from BMHS in 1972. He was always a fair & kind man. My sympathies...
I was a student at Brien McMahon (graduated in 69). Mr. Devita was a wonderful man, left a lasting impression on me for life. My prayers and sympathies to his entire family.
As a student at BMHS during those tumultuous 70s, Mr. DeVita will always have a place in my memory. I'm sorry for your loss.
Mr.DeVita was an awesome principal as well as a good person you could go to advice for and have someone to confide in. He was a great influence in my life as wellas my sister's. He touched alot of lives and will always be remembered. RIP Mr.DeVita
It is with great sadness that we learned of Joe's death. Both of us were fortunate to have worked for him when he was headmaster at Brien McMahon High School, and we will remember him fondly. Our deepest sympathies to you, his family.
Joe was such a sweet easy going man. I always enjoyed seeing him and know he will be missed.
Dr. Joe was my children's Principal at Brien McMahon. They truly admired and respected him. I was a colleague of his at central office where I also admired him and respected him as we worked together for the betterment of the Norwalk Schools.Our memories of him are his proud legacy. My sympathy to his family. Carolyn Rosenfield
Mr. DeVita was my mentor when I was getting my masters at the Univ. of Bridgeport. He was extremely helpful and knowledgable. He was a great asset in my educational growth. I never forgot him.
I remember Mr Devita. He had so many of my family at both Ben Franklin and Brien McMahon My pryers are for the family for we all know that God has a new Principle to show leadership to all the young angles. Thanks Mr. Devita, you were a large influence on my life and I know also on my brothers.
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. DeVito as I was a student of Ben Franklin and Brien McMahon High School, graduating in 75. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of your family.
Remembering Mr. DeVita fondly as a BMHS Class of 1974 graduate. He was a wonderful school administrator and very patient listener to my constant suggestions of curriculum improvement. Thoughts and prayers to the DeVita family.
I remember Uncle Joe dancing at my wedding.
The youngest brother of three men who loved life and knew how to live it.
He'll be missed.
My sympathies to you and the family..
Lenore in L.A.
Jeanne and family,
I'll miss my dancing uncle who always had a smile and an easy -going manner.
Condolences to all...
To the family of mr. Devita
may he R.I.P. He had a kind spirit, His student from Ben Franklin God's peace at this time keep the fond memory alive.
My dad John Ginter remember growing up in the neighborhood with Mr. DeVita...He has fond memories of him...Condolences
Jane Ginter Russo
I was a student at Ben Franklin and later Brien McMahon, while Mr Devita was principal. I always thought he was a good guy but never realized how accomplished he was.
May you always happily remember him and follow his lead.
All the best.
so sorry for your loss ......
To the Family of Mr. DeVita I am truly touched in reading his life-story! We as his students had no idea what a treasure we walked among! With all that he accomplished in his wonderful life, he would have had every opportunity to be self-righteous and boastful, yet he was neither of those things! He was a teddy bear of a man, giving comfort, praise, and even in "stern" discipline it was easy to see his deeply caring heart in his eyes! I will always remember him with a smile in my heart and will pray for you, his loving family to heal through the grief knowing what an honor it was to know him. We will remember him at our 40yr Class Reunion later this year. ~Barb J Gradia BMHS Class of 1973
Joe was the person who hired me along with Mike Muro and Dr Forc. to begin my teaching career on 9/1/69 at BMHS which began with a 4 day teachers strike. 50% of us were BA step 1 and we had a lot to learn about the real world. Joe was great and they were great about teaching the art of teaching. Joe told us I will leave you alone and trust you but if you mess up I will be all over you. Fair he was. We learned so much from him in oh so many ways. In later years I communicated with Joe and the last time he reminded me that our most impotant gift of all is time.Thank you so much on bealf of the so many you touched. We are forever most grateful In Unity Always Bruce LeVine Mellion President Norwalk Federation of Teachers PS The holiday punch bowls were great.
To The Devita Family,
How we truly remember Mr. Devita in our years at Ben Franklin and Brien McMahon he was a breath of fresh air and a great inspiration to all of us!
I am very sorry for your loss DeVita family.
I am so sorry for your loss DeVita family.
We go back a very long time in my education. We discussed my daughter,s decisions, but you were always positive and fun. I remember the old jr. Hugh schhol when you were the Asst. Supt. A job well done. We have lost a personable man. God bless you in heaven. Sympathies to you family.
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.
Remembering Mr. DeVita fondly as a BMHS '78 Graduate. My sympathy goes out to all of his family. God Bless
Heartfelt Sympathy to the entire Joseph C. Devita family. Mr. DeVita was my principal. I was a student at Ben Franklin Middle School and Brien McMahon High School, graduating in 1973. Mr. DeVita was always kind, caring, and a lovely man. I am so glad to read that he lived a wonderful life traveling, and doing what he best loved. I am so sorry for your loss.
You touched many lives and passed on much wisdom. My deepest sympathy,
George Bolton,BMHS class of 1979
sorry to hear about passing of your Dad. A long time friend. sue cameron
Joe, Jeanne & Nick, my deepest sympathy is with you all. The many memories of your mom & dad will never be forgotten at all your house parties in the 70's,his cooking,your pool parties, great times indeed! Your dad was also an asset to my bowling team!When I hear the crackle of thunder now, it will be our folks shuffling their pinochle deck!Rest in peace Joe & many thanks!
sorry to here about your dad joe!!
My sincere condolences to the DeVita family. I was a student at Ben Franklin from 1968-1970 and then went on to Brien McMahon. I had the utmost respect for Mr. DeVita. He always had an easy-going, approachable manner and I was very fond of him. What a beautiful life I was honored to touch. God bless you all.
Heartfelt sympathy...Mr. DeVita was a wonderful man...
Brien McMahon High School Class of 1973
Our deepest sympathy to Jayne, Joe, Nicky and Jeanne Marie on Joe's passing. We will always remember the good times we enjoyed over the years.Fred and Ronnie Urban
Joe was always cheerful and interested in what we were doing. He admired my mother and did everything for her. And he was a hell of a dancer. There's a Joe-sized hole in the Paksoy family.