On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, Edward Vincent Devlin Jr. of Egg Harbor Township departed this life to return to the loving arms of his dear mother in Heaven.
Edward leaves behind to mourn his loss a beautiful wife of 54 years, Kathleen (Mattle) Devlin, and their seven children, Kathleen Devlin (Ted Misa) of Galloway, Coleen Devlin (Bill Campbell) of EHT, Maureen Devlin of Mays Landing, Edward V. Devlin III (Daria) of Somers Point, Eileen K. Balesteri (David) of Richland, Michael Devlin of EHT and Kevin T. Devlin (Jennifer) of EHT; and daughters-in-law, Ericca Schwartz of Somers Point and Velma Devlin of Newfield. Mr. Devlin also was the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren, Alan Wright, Robert Wright, Khrystine Wright, Kevin Wright, Samantha Devlin, Clayton Devlin, David Balesteri, Eden Balesteri, Ethan Balesteri, Tierney Devlin, Sydney Devlin, Ryleigh Devlin and Liam Devlin. Edward also was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Edward Wright and Aidan Wright. In addition to his mother, Mary (Jensen) Devlin, he is predeceased by his father, Edward Vincent Devlin Sr.; his brother, George Devlin; and his sister, Phyllis Craig. He is also survived by eight brothers and sisters, Catherine (Gene) Reese, Marie (Butch/Harry) Meyers, James (Pat) Devlin, William (Barbara) Devlin, Anna Devlin, Theresa Warner, Anthony (Sunny) Devlin Sr. and Larry (Diane) Devlin. Uncle Eddie also adored his numerous nieces and nephews.
Edward was proud to be called a United States Marine and served our country bravely in Korea. Following his time in the Marine Corps, he became a New Jersey state trooper in July of 1957, where he retired after 31 years as lieutenant, stationed at Hammonton Headquarters, Troop A. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Viewings will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, were services will be held at 11 a.m. Burial and Military Honors will follow at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery of Estell Manor. (Info and condolences: www.boakesfuneralhome.com).